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The town of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (pronounced “rié”, the z is not pronounced) is located on the Atlantic coast between Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and Saint-Jean-de-Monts.
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: the longest Atlantic facade of the Vendée department
If you are a fan of nature and looking for peace-and-quiet, you will love the sheer variety of landscapes in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: a rocky coast, sandy beaches, a forest, freshwater and saltwater marshland and the ‘marais breton’.
There are countless watersports available here, including sand yachting, sailing with a small ‘optimist’ boat, surfing, caneoing and stand-up paddle, and many more.
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the perfect holiday destination for families and there is a wide range of accommodation available: campsites, holiday villages, apartment buildings for tourism, furnished rentals, hotels, guesthouses, or even holiday camps and group accommodation. There’s also an extensive selection of leisure activities including bowling, laser tag, children’s play area, quad-biking, treetop adventure course, theme park, crazy golf, funfair, etc.
What is there to do in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez?
- Salt marshes: tours available from June to September.
- Freshwater marshland / ‘marais Breton’ marshland: this buffer area between the farming land and rivers allows the waters to be regulated and treated.
- The Corniche Vendéenne (Vendée headland): the 5 Pineaux, the Trou du Diable, the gardens at the Villa Grosse Terre.
- The forest, with marked trails and fitness trail.
- Bourrine du Bois Juquaud: an authentic group of constructions made from earth with a roof made of reeds, that are evidence of life in the marshland in the 20th century.
- La Livarde: Find out about the maritime heritage that has been safeguarded by this association from Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez.