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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.
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
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.
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