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Are you curious ? A food lover? Are you looking for adventure? The team of Les Cyprès shares his ideas and good adressses:

For the foodlovers of local flavours:

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Start with the basics: the markets! Almost every day, either in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie or in Brétignolles sur Mer, you have plenty of choices !

Stroll along the stands of the fruit and vegetable growers, fishmongers, cheesemakers, and the oyster farmers of the region. We highly recommend you to stop at the grill Rôtisserie La Boutique de l’ Éleveur in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie! A little patience is required before you can buy a rotisserie chicken, but it is certainly worth it  😉

When you like meat, then we suggest you go to “Boucherie du Port”. You can also find them on the market, and we garantee you that they offer quality products and give you good advice!

Do you like fish? In that case we advise you to go to ‘le banc des sardines’ in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. This is an open-air restaurant where you can eat on the spot. You can find them towards the harbour, just follow the blue sardines depicted on the ground. At ‘le banc des sardines’ the sardines come directly from the fishingboats. Grilled with a little bit of lemon ; it’s a real pleasure!

When you want a little bit more fun, go in the evening to “Mamie sardine”, you can find them at “quai Gorin”, to taste sardines while enjoying a concert.

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Do you want to do you grocery shopping as efficient as possible in order to have more time for activities at the campsite ? And are you looking for a place where you can buy bread, a “préfou” *, pastry for dessert (we recommend “fion maraichin”**), meat for the grill, fish, cheese, wine and your newspaper ? We advice you to go to « Les Halles de Vie », situated at the boulevard Georges Pompidou.

*Préfou: a specialty from the Vendée: bread from the oven with garlic butter

**Fion Maraichin: traditional pastry from the Vendée

Go for a large variety of shellfish and seafood to “Vivier de Sion” in Sion or “Vivier de corniche” in Brétignolles sur Mer. It’s a take away service, so you can enjoy eating them on your pitch and believe us, your neighbours will be jealous of your delicacies 😉

When you would like to taste oysters, we have found the best place for you to go; it’s “La cabane” in Brem sur Mer. Enjoy the sunset in the marshes, with a good glass of Chardonnay… the perfect place for a romantic dinner.

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Do you love beer? The entire team has sacrificed themself to test different places in order to give you the best addresses. You don’t need to thank us 😉

You want to combine fun with local flavours? You can!

Because we know that holiday is often associated with a good beer on a terrace, the bar at the campsite offers you different kind of draft beer including a local beer from the brewery “de la Vie” in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. So this is THE place to be for beer-and cocktail lovers!

Other places where you will find something for everyone:

  • L’escale: the bar for sportsfans
  • LE KF: the bar of the market
  • Côté vin Côté bière: as the name already suggests, the winehouse for wine-and beer lovers.

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie offers you a great diversity of restaurants! Are you hesitating to go to the quay side, harbour side or boulevard side (remblaie)? Are you longing a for pizza, a fish specialty, a crêpe or mussels…

The best thing to do is to ask us! We alle have our own preferences and habits… We are at your disposal to give you an appropriate advice 😉

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For those who are looking for adventure

Do you like challenges? Are you looking for a sensation? We suggest different kind of possibilities:

le grand défi
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Situated in Saint Julien des Landes, about 15 minutes from the campsite, le Grand Défi is THE place for activities with the entire family. Young and old can participate in activities such as:

  • Tree top trail (acrobranche)
  • Paintball
  • Laser tag
  • Archery
  • Quick jump (jump from 20 meters high)
  • Orientation
  • Tree climbing (grimpe d’arbre); reserve in advance
  • Pony ride

Would you like to try to do some stand up paddle, kayaking or canoeing? Then we can recommend two addresses: “Les canoés du marais” in Givrand (5 minutes from the campsite), with who we have a partnership and therefore an advantageous rate. And we can advice you to go to “La cabane” in Brem sur Mer.

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Let yourself be tempted to do a surf course! Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is the perfect place to learn how to surf!

We advice you to go to Mahalo surf! Situated at a few 100 meters from the campsite, Loïc will garantee you the best sessions to learn how to surf or to improve your skills.

If you are a cold-blooded person, we can recommend you The Glassy House! This is a artificial wave in a hall. While some of you will try to surf, others can throw a hatched.

Que vous soyez un habitué du golf ou un sWhether you are an experienced golfer, or a curious beginner, you will certainly like “Golf de Fontenelles”. It is only 15 minutes away from the campsite, they offer courses for beginners and they have 18 holes.

Golf des Fontenelles
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When you are looking for an original activity, we can advice you to go to La Roche-sur-Yon. At “Flydust” they have a simulator for a free fall. Or when you are even more brave, you can make a parachute jump at “Vendée Evasion Parachutisme” in Les Sables d’Olonne.

With family or friends, go to the coast of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie for a jet-ski session or Flyboard.


For those who are curious:

Famous for its fishing harbour and sardines, the sea side town St Gilles Croix de Vie invites you to discover the sea.

During your stay, enjoy a visit to “Atelier de la Sardine” to get some of the beautiful cans of sardines from “Les Dieux”.

Visit “Escale pêche” for a fun and interactive introduction with the world of sea fishing and port activities.

To stay in this theme, participate at a guided tour at the fish auction. With the tourist information centre you can reserve and assist at the sale of the fish which comes directly from the fishingboats. It’s a very unique experience!

Learn about the salt production, and how this is done in the authentique way at marais salant de la Vie. This is only 10 km from the campsite where you can also buy a jar of salt.

Are you fashinated by old professions? Go to “Vendée minature” and enjoy the miniature village where you can experience the life in the Vendée during the old days.

Take a ride with “Le petit trains de Vendée” while you will get a guided tour through Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. The tour is only available in French.

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