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Watersport activities

Four star campsite Les Cyprès is situated in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in the Vendée.

The county « Le Pays de Saint Gilles » offers you:

  • 32 kilometers of coast
  • 22 beaches
  • 5 watersportcentres
  • 2 lakes
  • and a leisure harbour in the heart of the centre

The county « Le Pays de Saint Gilles Croix de Vie » is a destination where you can practice different kind of watersports: surfing, SUP, windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, jet ski, ‘longe côte’ (walking in the sea: original fitness discipline), bananaboat, kitesurfing, wake boarding…

There is a great variety of watersportactivities for you, so prepare them in advance for your stay at 4 star campsite Les Cyprès. Visit the possibilities at:

Boat trips

Les balades de la vie : discover ‘la Valee de la Vie’ while you make a boat trip a long Fenouiller, Saint Hilaire de Riez en Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.


L’ami du pêcheur : make a boat trip at sea along the coast of the Vendée during half a day or an evening.


Les p’tits mousses : you are the captain ! A boat trip with the family in an electrical boat. 


Excursion sea fishing

L’ami du pêcheur : go sea fishing along the coast of the Vendée during half a day or an evening.


Le MEPHISTO IV : embark on the Mephisto 4 for a sea fishing trip



SG Surf  : surf and bodyboard school on the main beach of St Gilles Croix de Vie for all levels (beginners and experienced – from 6 years old). Equipment hire available.


HANDINAUTISME SURF – SEMVIE NAUTISME : « Semvie nautisme » offers handisurf lessons, especially for people with a disability.


Stand up paddle (SUP)

Les p’tits Mousse : take a paddle on the Jaunay river in St Gilles Croix de Vie.


LES BALADES DE CHLOÉ (Chloes’ walks): enjoy an idylic setting to practice Paddle Fitness. Accompanied by a professional you will be guided during a session to practice this watersport. Chloé also proposes you the so called ‘longe côte’; hikes in the sea.


TREASURE HUNT BY STAND UP PADDLING WITH OCTOSUP: treasure hunt in the swamps while you are stand up paddling, from seven years old. At the same address you can also make a boat trip in a typical Hawaiian boat; by yourself, with family or with friends. A trip takes about 1,5 hour. Accessible for everybody!


Where can you go stand up paddling? A large variety of different trips : stand up paddling at sea, on a river, at a artificial lake or at Lac du Jaunay. Find all the stand up paddling locations in Saint Gilles Croix de VieSaint Hilaire de RiezBrétignolles sur MerBrem sur MerLandevieille ou Givrand.

Canoë / Kayak

CANOE RENTAL – LES CANOËS DU MARAIS : departure from Givrand, per canoe, kayak, SUP or pedal boat. Make a trip with family or friends to go to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. You will sail on the calm river du Jaunay, without current, without danger and accessible for everyone! You will pass a variety of landscapes, typical for the Vendée in the Natura 2000 protected area.


Watersport centres (base nautiques)

BASE NAUTIQUE DE LA GRANDE PLAGE: perfectly situated at «la grande plage » in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. This watersportcentre is classified by « Ecole Française de Surf » and proposes you lessons and they have material for rent from march until the end of octobre. Activities that they have to offer : surf lessons, rental of surf equipment, body board rental, SUP rental, sand sailing and watersports for disabled persons.


BASE NAUTIQUE DE BOISVINET: they offer you different kind of watersport activities for all ages, such as: sailing Optimist boats (small boat), catamaran sailing for kids, windsurf lessons, SUP lessons. They also have a rental of watersport equipment: windfoil, windsurf, SUP, catamaran, kayak (1-2 places).


ECOLE DE CROISIÈRE : situated in the leasure harbour of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, « l’Ecole Croisière » is located nearby pier 15 for surfing lessons for families who have a beginnerslevel. Or follow the specific lessons where you learn how to manouvre, and how to control the sail. Our qualified instructors will guide you during your excursion.

BASE NAUTIQUE DE LA SOUDINIÈRE: the artificial lake of “La Soudinière” welcomes you for a introduction to sailing and other watersports. Take a waterski lesson at Wake Parc behind a boat or on the trail of 200 meters. Lessons for the Optimist boats from 6 years old.

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