Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 10 km from Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie

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Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 10 km and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie at 10 km.

Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Seaside resort at 10 km (direction west)

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

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at 10 km (direction west-south-west)

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

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Seaside resort at 13 km (direction south-south-west)

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

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Seaside resort at 19 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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at 26 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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Chateau d'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 27 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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Sables d'Olonne

Sables d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 27 km (direction south)

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

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at 34 km (direction south-east)

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

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Port Bourgenay

Port Bourgenay

at 35 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 38 km (direction north-north-west), in the Loire-Atlantique department

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

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Ile d'Yeu

Ile d'Yeu

Island at 40 km (direction west)

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

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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 43 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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Seaside resort at 43 km (direction 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-Maixent-sur-Vie

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Monday & Friday (10km)
  • Saint Gilles Croix de Vie: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (10km)
  • Challans: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (12km)
  • Bretignolles-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (13km)
  • Brem-sur-Mer: market Tuesday & Friday (15km)
  • La Mothe-Achard: market Friday (19km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Monts: market Wednesday & Saturday (19km)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Monts: market Sunday (26km)
  • Beauvoir-sur-Mer: market Thursday (26km)
  • Sables d'Olonne: market every day (27km)

More information about Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie, France

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

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (42km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Marais de Machecoul (28km)
  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux (36km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée (40km)
  • Port-Joinville (40km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (41km)
  • Vieux-château de l'Île d'Yeu (42km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu (43km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu (44km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (54km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne (29km)
  • Planète sauvage (parc) (42km)

Geography and distances

Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie is in the west of France at 32 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie is 390 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie

Canton: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

Arrondissement: Sables-d'Olonne

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85220

Distance to Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 32 km

from Paris: 390 km

from Calais: 540 km

from Nice: 787 km

from Bordeaux: 233 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 Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Coex, Commequiers and Saint-Reverend.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie


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