Bretignolles-sur-Mer, Pays de la Loire: tourism & sightseeing
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The small seaside resort of Bretignolles-sur-Mer is on the coast of Vendee (in the Pays-de-la-Loire region of north-west France) and about 20 kilometres north of Sables d'Olonne.
France This Way comment: by contrast with Sables d'Olonne to the south, the resort at Bretignolles-sur-Mer is one of the smallest and most peaceful on the Vendee coast and will probably by the choice of those who really do want a beach holiday and very little else.
The beach at Bretignolles-sur-Mer is, as you would expect, long and sandy and wide and slopes very gently into the sea so is safe for children. Altogether the beach here is 13 kilometres long! The area immediately behind the beach is small but pleasant with several restaurants.
Note: you can reach quieter parts of the beach if you follow the coast road, the Route de la Corniche, north from the town centre.
The main town centre for Bretignolles-sur-Mer has more shops and restaurants and is a few minutes drive to the east of the beach - or by bike along the cycle path that goes around the Parc de Morinières if you are one of the many people who prefer to cycle as much as possible in Vendee! In the town centre you can also see the small 19th century church.
The most popular attraction in Bretignolles-sur-Mer apart from the beach is called Vendee Miniature.
Here you can see numerous scale models of traditional Vendee houses and industries including a water mill, shops, a church and even a model steam train and learn more about the history and development of the region. Small children in particular will find it fascinating.
Vendee Miniature is at 50 rue du Prégneau in Bretignolles-sur-Mer.
The position of ;Bretignolles-sur-Mer between Les Sables d'Olonne and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie means that both of these popular destinations are within easy reach: Les Sables d'Olonne is a busy and upmarket beach resort and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie has a lively town centre.
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Address: Bretignolles-sur-Mer, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Sables-d'Olonne, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, 85470, France || GPS: latitude 46.628611, longitude -1.853889
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne: zoo or wildlife park (18km)
- Saint-Jean-de-Monts: ville fleurie 4* (24km)
- Notre-Dame-de-Monts: ville fleurie 4* (31km)
- Georges Clemenceau house: national monument (33km)
Market days in Bretignolles-sur-Mer, France
Regular market(s) are held in Bretignolles-sur-Mer each Thursday & Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Bretignolles-sur-Mer (Francais)