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Challans tourism and travel guide

Photo of Challans in Vendee

Photo is of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 14 km from Challans

Visit Challans: highlights and tourist information

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Challans is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 14 km and Saint-Jean-de-Monts at 15 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Challans, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Challans in Pays de la Loire.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



Seaside resort at 14 km (direction south-south-west)

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the beach resort next to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie...

See Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez guide


Seaside resort at 15 km (direction west-south-west)

At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches and one of...

See Saint-Jean-de-Monts guide


at 17 km (direction south-south-west)

The port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive and traditional town, very...

See Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie guide


at 19 km (direction west)

The resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the quiter resorts of the...

See Notre-Dame-de-Monts guide


Seaside resort at 24 km (direction south)

Bretignolles-sur-Mer is one of the smallest Vendee resorts - still has a...

See Bretignolles-sur-Mer guide
Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 26 km (direction north-north-west), in the Loire-Atlantique department

The small town of Les Moutiers-en-Retz is best known for the nearby...

See Les Moutiers-en-Retz guide


at 33 km (direction west-north-west)

On Noirmoutier island you can find lots of sandy beaches and a...

See Noirmoutier guide


at 35 km (direction north-west), in the Loire-Atlantique department

Pornic is one of the liveliest and most vibrant harbour towns along...

See Pornic guide
Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 37 km (direction north-west), in the Loire-Atlantique department

Pornic, a traditional port town with an attrcative harbour, is well placed...

See Jade Coast guide
Ile d'Yeu

Ile d'Yeu

Island at 38 km (direction west-south-west)

Explore the Ile d'Yeu on foot or by bike to see scenic...

See Ile d'Yeu guide
Chateau d'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 39 km (direction south-south-east)

Chateau d'Olonne is a very small resort, well placed for exploring the...

See Chateau d'Olonne guide
Sables d'Olonne

Sables d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 39 km (direction south-south-east)

The lively town of Sables-d'Olonne is our favourite resort on the Vendee...

See Sables d'Olonne guide


at 46 km (direction south-south-east)

The small town of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is mainly known for the Chateau de...

See Talmont-Saint-Hilaire guide
Port Bourgenay

Port Bourgenay

at 47 km (direction south-south-east)

The small resort of Bourgenay has a port and a popular beach...

See Port Bourgenay guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Vendee

Map of places to visit near Challans


Markets in and near Challans

Market days in Challans: weekly market: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Challans: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Monday & Friday (15km)
  • Beauvoir-sur-Mer: market Thursday (15km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Monts: market Wednesday & Saturday (15km)
  • Saint Gilles Croix de Vie: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (17km)
  • Machecoul: market Wednesday (17km)
  • La Barre-de-Monts: market Saturday (19km)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Monts: market Sunday (19km)
  • Bretignolles-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (24km)
  • Barbatre: market Wednesday (26km)

More information about Challans, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Challans, France

What to do at Challans? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Challans.

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des plantes (49km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Marais de Machecoul (17km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (32km)
  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux (35km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée (38km)
  • Port-Joinville (39km)
  • Vieux-château de l'Île d'Yeu (41km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu (41km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu (42km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (43km)
  • Petite Amazonie de Nantes (49km)
  • Île Héron (France) (51km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Planète sauvage (parc) (32km)
  • Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne (41km)

Geography and distances

Challans is in the west of France at 40 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Challans is 387 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Challans

Canton: Challans

Arrondissement: Sables-d'Olonne

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85300

Distance to Challans

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 40 km

from Paris: 387 km

from Calais: 532 km

from Nice: 796 km

from Bordeaux: 245 km

from Strasbourg: 745 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car from a cross-channel ferry port - Saint Malo is convenient at around 3 hours drive. For driving distances to Challans from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Garnache, Sallertaine and Soullans.

This page in French: Visiter Challans

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