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Beaches of the Vendee
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie has 4 beaches listed, Le Grand Plage which runs from the mouth of the River Vie south, Le Petit Plage,  Le Plage de Boisvinet and Le Plage de la Pelle a Porteau.

Le Grande Plage is the major beech for Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, it has a wide stretch of fine sand and runs from the mouth of the River Vie south to Jaunay Beach.
The major problem with Le Grand Plage is parking, which is very restricted and in the high season it is almost impossible as the hotels and apartment buildings are right on the beach and the roads behind have very little space for visitors.
The width of the beach is restricted at high tide and hence becomes very crowded in high season, and has surveillance from the end of June to the start of September.
Beach facilities include public toilets and showers and there are separate toilets and showers for the handicapped. The long promenade has a large number of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Le Plage de Boisvinet
is at the entrance to the Corniche (coastal road) and the jetty. This south facing beach is ideal for families, there is a diving board available at high tide, a sand volleyball court and beach club. The beach has surveillance in July and August.

Le Petit Plage is at the foot of St. Josephine's tower at the port entrance. This south facing beach has natural swimming pool that is exposed at low tide and benefits from solar heating. There is no surveillance.

Le Plage de la Pelle a Porteau is a small beach bordered by rocks. There is no surveillance.

The town and port of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is extremely attractive and is worth a visit, even if you’re not a beach god.


St.Gilles Croix de Vie
the Grande Plage from the promenade looking south
the beach of la Grande plage at St.Gille Croix de Vie
Weather for the Beaches
la Grande plage at St.Gilles Croix de Vie
fishing boats
the harbour at low tide
fishing boat in the harbour
sunset at St gilles
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