Tourism in the Vendée
Close by, the coast shuttle is an inexpensive way of travelling to the neighbouring towns and villages.
You can also explore the countryside around Saint Hilaire de Riez on the little train, which can drop you off at the markets, near the shops, restaurants and hypermarkets.
St Hilaire de riez : walks or bike rides along the coast, fishing on the rocks and exploring the salt marshes.
St Jean de Monts : walks along the esplanade, the landing-stage, fishing, lively streets, lots of shops, restaurants, creperies, the casino and markets.
St Gilles croix de Vie : marina and fishing harbour, sea-fishing trips, its creeks, its embankment, its surfing spot, lots of shops and the casino.
The Ile d’Yeu : a magnificent island where you get around by bike, its castle, its fortress, its wild creeks and its turquoise blue water.
The Ile de Noirmoutier : an island connected to the mainland by the famous Passage du Gois causeway (a paved road which is uncovered at low tide), its cobblestone streets, its castle, the Ladies’ Beach and the large villas.
Les Sables d’Olonne : its port, departure point for the Vendée Globe yacht race, its embankment, its shops and Les Sables zoo.
The Puy du Fou Show : the greatest theme park in Europe, 2 hours’ drive from St Hilaire de Riez, but not to be missed.