Saint Gilles Croix de Vie tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive and traditional town, very lively in summer

Saint Gilles Croix de Vie is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Saint Gilles Croix de Vie. For detailed visitor information see the Saint Gilles Croix de Vie travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 3 km and Bretignolles-sur-Mer at 10 km.

Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France: places to visit and attractions

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



less than one km (direction west-north-west)

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

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Seaside resort at 3 km (direction north-north-west)

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

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Seaside resort at 10 km (direction south-east)

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

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Seaside resort at 14 km (direction north-west)

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

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at 21 km (direction north-west)

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

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Sables d'Olonne

Sables d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 25 km (direction south-east)

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

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Chateau d'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 26 km (direction south-east)

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

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Ile d'Yeu

Ile d'Yeu

Island at 32 km (direction west)

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

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Port Bourgenay

Port Bourgenay

at 34 km (direction south-east)

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

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at 35 km (direction south-east)

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

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Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 41 km (direction south-east), in the Loire-Atlantique department

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

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Seaside resort at 41 km (direction south-east)

Jard-sur-Mer is a very pleasant, if quite small, Vendee resort with a...

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at 42 km (direction north-west)

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

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Seaside resort at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

At Longeville-sur-Mer you will enjoy the lively market in the town as...

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Markets in and near Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

Market days in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday;

  • Saint Gilles Croix de Vie: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (0km)
  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Monday & Friday (3km)
  • Bretignolles-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (10km)
  • Brem-sur-Mer: market Tuesday & Friday (13km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Monts: market Wednesday & Saturday (14km)
  • Challans: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (17km)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Monts: market Sunday (21km)
  • La Mothe-Achard: market Friday (23km)
  • La Barre-de-Monts: market Saturday (25km)
  • Sables d'Olonne: market every day (25km)

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Tourist attractions near Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France

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

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (43km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux (27km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée (32km)
  • Port-Joinville (32km)
  • Vieux-château de l'Île d'Yeu (33km)
  • Marais de Machecoul (34km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu (34km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu (35km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (49km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne (27km)

Geography and distances

Saint Gilles Croix de Vie is in the west of France at 39 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Saint Gilles Croix de Vie is 400 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

Canton: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

Arrondissement: Sables-d'Olonne

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85800

Distance to Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 39 km

from Paris: 400 km

from Calais: 548 km

from Nice: 793 km

from Bordeaux: 232 km

from Strasbourg: 754 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 Saint Gilles Croix de Vie from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Givrand, Le Fenouiller, Notre-Dame-de-Riez and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez.

This page in French: Visiter Saint Gilles Croix de Vie


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