Notre-Dame-de-Monts, Vendee tourism & sightseeing

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The small coast resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is situated on the coast of Vendee to the north-west of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in north-west France.

Explore Notre-Dame-de-Monts

As with many of the resorts along the Vendee coast the town has two separate parts: the town centre with shops and the village church, and the beach and seaside facilities about one kilometre walk from the centre.

France This Way comment: Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the smallest, least developed of the resorts along the Vendee coast.

Town centre in Notre-Dame-de-Monts

Town centre

In the town itself around the church you can find all the basic facilities that you need and the Notre-Dame-des-Monts Tourist Office.

A short distance west of the church a popular attraction is the Moulin du Vent, a traditional windmill that is visited for the gardens established around the base of the windmill.

Beaches and forests

The main beach is the beach closest to the town centre and is long and sandy - this is the most visited in Notre-Dame-de-Monts. There are also further beaches to the south (Plage du Murier and Plage du Pont d'Yeu) and the north (Plage des Lays).

Between the town and the beach you cross a small area of forest. This forest is the southern tip of the Foret Domaniale des Pays de Monts, a quite extensive area of forest that is popular with cyclists and walkers. Most of the forest is immediately behind the beaches to the north of Notre-Dame-des-Monts such as the Plage des Lays.

The best way to discover the diversity of the forest is to follow the path through the Arboretum de la Parée Farfadets. Starting opposite the Maison de la Dune et de la Forêt at 50 Avenue Abbé Thibaud the trail only takes about 15 minutes and introduces numerous of the plant species that are found in the forest.

Flat rooved houses

On the road immediately behind the beach you might notice a house with a flat roof. This is interesting because these flat-rooved houses were built at the time that the coast first started to be developed in Notre-Dame-de-Monts, around 1930, and followed an architectural style that the architect, a Mr Muet, had learned from his travels in north Africa and was quite radical at that time.

After the Second World War a system of needing planning permission to build was implemented and it was specified that all new houses had to follow the local traditional style - so no more flat roofs! You can see more examples of these 'between the wars' houses in the Avenue des Yoles between the town centre and the beach.

If you follow the road a short distance north towards La Barre-du-Monts you find find access roads to the quieter beaches away from the town centre.

Main beach at Notre-Dame-de-Monts

Attractions nearby

About three kilometres north-east of Notre-Dame-de-Monts (follow the D82) there is a water tower at Kulmino where a lift and balcony have been installed. There is a panoramic view across the region from the top of the 70 metre high tower (admission payable, price around 5 euros).

Among the most popular excursions from Notre-Dame-de-Monts are trips to visit the island of Noirmoutier a short distance to the north, and the boat trip and visit to the Ile d'Yeu, about 20 kilometres off the coast from here.

See more of the popular Vendée beaches and resorts.

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

See also:

Map of Notre-Dame-de-Monts and places nearby

Visit near Notre-Dame-de-Monts with France This Way reviews

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Tourist classifications for Notre-Dame-de-Monts

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

Address: Notre-Dame-de-Monts, Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Sables-d'Olonne, Pays de la Loire, 85690, France || GPS: latitude 46.831389, longitude -2.130556

Plan your visit to Notre-Dame-de-Monts, Vendee

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Saint-Jean-de-Monts: ville fleurie 4* (7 km)
  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux: site of natural beauty (20 km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée: site of natural beauty (20 km)
  • Port-Joinville: site of natural beauty (21 km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu: site of natural beauty (23 km)
  • Vieux-château de l'Île d'Yeu: site of natural beauty (23 km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu: site of natural beauty (24 km)
  • Marais de Machecoul: site of natural beauty (30 km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas: site of natural beauty (35 km)
  • Planète sauvage (parc): zoo or wildlife park (42 km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu: site of natural beauty (45 km)
  • Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne: zoo or wildlife park (48 km)

Market days in Notre-Dame-de-Monts, France

Regular market(s) are held in Notre-Dame-de-Monts each Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Notre-Dame-de-Monts (Francais)