The Vendée is one of the departments in France that is home to incredible tourist towns, as well as some of the most beautiful seaside resorts. Did you know that Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is one of the most gorgeous resort towns in the Vendée?

Saint Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, a tourist destination

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is a French commune in the Centre-Ouest region located on the Vendée coast. Very lively year round, this resort town has a rich heritage and gorgeous treasures that attract tourists every year. You have likely heard of the fishing port in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. Visit the port to learn about fishing specialties (horse mackerel, sardines, mackerel, etc.) and for an incredible experience at the canneries.

Additionally, the main port (Port de la Vie) of the town is known for its gorgeous facilities that meet the environmental standards and sustainable development charter of marinas in the PACA region.

This seaside resort will take your breath away with its magnificent landscapes, sand beaches, dunes and more.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie 

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is also known for its exciting water sports. If you visit the town on holiday, do not leave without trying activities like:

  • surfing
  • paddleboarding
  • longue-côte  (sea walking)
  • hiking and cycling
  • kitesurfing
  • kayaking
  • deep-sea fishing
  • land yachting

Top destinations such as the Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie fish market, the Cinq Pineaux in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and the Perle des Dieux cannery, are also fascinating places to discover. You can learn about the riches of these places with a guided tour.

You will also love the main events that take place in the resort town. They include the International Jazz Festival, the Les Musicales de Saint Gilles festival and more.

Where to stay in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie 

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie has everything for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Whether you go on your own or with your family or friends, you will not need to worry about accommodation. Le Clos du Bourg campsite near Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie will be perfect for you.