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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: https://www.payssaintgilles-tourisme.fr/preparer-son-sejour/a-voir-a-faire/activites-nautiques/

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.

Website: https://lesbaladesdelavie.fr/

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

Website: https://www.amidupecheur.com/

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

Website: https://www.les-ptits-mousses.fr/

Excursion sea fishing

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

Website: https://www.amidupecheur.com/

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

Website: http://www.mephisto4.com/accueil.html

Surfing

MAHALO SURF SCHOOL : Surfschool for all levels: for beginners and for the ones who would like to improve their surfskills, from 6 years old. Mahalo Surf offers lessons for different kind of levels, in groups or individually. You can choose from surf, body board and stand up paddle.  Mahalo Surf School rents also all kinds of surfboards; you can choose between a board made of mousse or a rigid board. The body boards and stand up paddle boards are only available in rigid boards.

Website: https://www.mahalosurf.fr/

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

Website: https://www.semvie-nautisme.fr/semvie-nautisme-accueil/surf-saint-gilles-croix-de-vie/stage-de-surf/

Stand up paddle (SUP)

MAHALO SURF SCHOOL: SUP school for all levels: for beginners and fort he ones who would like to improve their SUP skills. From 6 years old. Rental of equipment is possible, only rigid boards available.

Website: https://www.mahalosurf.fr/

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.

Website: https://lesbaladesdechloe.fr/

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!

Website: https://octopusglisse.com/

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.

Website: http://www.les-canoes-du-marais.com/fr/

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.

Website: https://www.semvie-nautisme.fr/

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).

Website: https://www.semvie-nautisme.fr/

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.
Website: https://www.semvie-nautisme.fr/

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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