Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Pays de la Loire: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Saint-Jean-de-Monts (Pays de la Loire, France)

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Saint-Jean-de-Monts is one of the more popular of the coastal resorts along the Vendee coast in western France, predominantly because of the long sandy beaches along the coast here. This section of coast is known as the 'Cote de Lumière'.

It is situated between Noirmoutier to the north-west and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez to the south-east, and the island you can see out to sea on a clear day is the Ile d'Yeu.

Exploring Saint-Jean-de-Monts

The main focus of any visit to Saint-Jean-de-Monts is going to be the beach, an extensive eight kilometres long stretch of well maintained sand (it has received the Blue Flag award for cleanliness) that is ideal for almost any beach activity you can think of...and several you haven't yet thought of! Sand-yachting is particularly popular.

Pier St Jean-de-Monts

The beach slopes very gently into the sea so it is shallow for a large distance with minimal waves, and is supervised in several places, which explains why Saint-Jean-de-Monts is so popular with families with small children. There is also a long pedestrian pier on the beach in the centre of the town.

Note: there are actually several beaches in St Jean-de-Monts, to add a bit of variety to your visit. The most important are the Grand Plage in the centre of the town and the Plage des Demoiselles to the south, although some of the others allow dogs, which are not permitted on the principal beaches.

A substantial length of the beaches is also backed by forests, planted in the 19th century, as was the case along a substantial part of the French Atlantic coast, to prevent erosion. These forests now provide numerous opportunities for shady walks.

The whole seafront area in Saint-Jean-de-Monts has been improved over recent years, especially around the seafront area, with a focus on improving access for jogging, walking and cycling along the seafront - so if you haven't visited for quite a while it might be time to return!

Just behind the beach you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade, or visit one of the many shops and restaurants. Of course you will also find a casino, almost obligatory in any French seaside resort!

France This Way comment: Saint-Jean-de-Monts is more lively than the small resorts in the region such as Notre-Dame-de-Monts but much quieter and less developed (and less parking challenges) than Les Sables d'Olonne: ideal if you want somewhere in between the two!

apartments along the beach at St Jean-de-Monts

Other activities

Although sea-facing activities occupy most visitors to Saint-Jean-de-Monts be sure to allow time to explore the environment just a short distance inland from the town, where an extensive area of marshes and flat fields provides an interesting contrast to the town or you can take a walk through the large forest. In places it is possible to hire a boat to better explore the marshes.

The town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is not far to the south-west of here and has a vibrant centre, and day trips to the islands of Noirmoutier and Ile d'Yeu are also very popular.

See more of the popular Vendée resorts and beaches

You can find more local travel ideas in the Vendee guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

See also:

Map of Saint-Jean-de-Monts and places to visit

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Tourist classifications

Saint-Jean-de-Monts is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*

Address: Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Sables-d'Olonne, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, 85160, France || GPS: latitude 46.793611, longitude -2.058889

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Notre-Dame-de-Monts: ville fleurie 4* (7km)
  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux: site of natural beauty (21km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée: site of natural beauty (23km)
  • Port-Joinville: site of natural beauty (24km)
  • Vieux-château de l'Île d'Yeu: site of natural beauty (26km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu: site of natural beauty (26km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu: site of natural beauty (27km)
  • Marais de Machecoul: site of natural beauty (29km)

Market days in Saint-Jean-de-Monts, France

Regular market(s) are held in Saint-Jean-de-Monts each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Saint-Jean-de-Monts (Francais)