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4 star campsite in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie near the seaside in Vendée

Rejuvenate by the sea with our 4-star campsite in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

When you stay at Domaine de La Michelière, our campsite in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie near the seaside, you can be sure of a peaceful holiday in the Vendée while strolling by the ocean. The Corniche Vendéenne offers miles of coastline for walking, cycling, boating and canoeing, from St Gilles Croix de Vie to Bretignolles-sur-Mer, or from Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez to Saint-Jean-de-Monts and the island of Noirmoutier. Your 4-star campsite, Domaine de la Michelière, offers you some advice on how to enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Atlantic coast.

From life to the sea

If there are places you can't miss in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the estuary of the river "la Vie" which flows into the ocean is one of them. Located in the heart of the maritime city, the marina of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Port la Vie, promises you a relaxed stroll in the midst of nearly 1200 boats of all kinds, trimarans, exceptional sailing ships... The port also hosts the stages of the Solitaire du Figaro! At the entrance to the port, a 360° panorama is offered to you between land and sea: the buildings of the fish market, the beaching port of the Fosse à l'Adon and the Josephine Tower (first lighthouse of the city built in the middle of the 1850s). Near the Josephine Tower is the pier for the island of Yeu. From here, a short and invigorating tour begins which will help you discover some of the riches of the Saint-Gilles region.

Guided tours to better appreciate the area

Would you like to know more about the natural and cultural heritage along the Vendée coast? Learn how and why the Vendée coastline was built the way it was? There is nothing better than to take part in guided tours. Whether on foot, by bike, by canoe, by boat, by small tourist train... everything is possible! Guided tours are very informative. All the information is available at the reception of your campsite or at the tourist office.

Must-see coastal walks

If you follow the national long-distance footpath, the GR 8, between the ocean and the pine forest, you will discover the rocky coast and its cliffs interspersed with creeks. Let the beauty of the natural landscapes of the Vendée coast, its fine sandy beaches, its dunes, its forests and its salt marshes catch your eye. If you're on a bike, ride the few kilometres of the famous Vélodyssée greenway. In the Boisvinet district, for example, admire the many villas from the belle époque and stop by the belvedere. From here, the famous Corniche Vendéenne reveals the picturesque rocks of Cinq Pineaux, the Trou du Diable... These pretty paths are to be walked to recharge your batteries alone, with family or friends.

Photo: View from the belvedere (photo credit: Pays de Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie)
Photo: Rochers des Cinq Pineaux (photo credit: Pays de Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie)
Photo: Aerial view of the port (photo credit: Port la Vie)