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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is 12 kilometers of fine sandy beach and 3,5 kilometers of rocky coast (classified site) interspersed with sandy coves, a huge national forest, hiking trails, cycle routes, a multitude of 'nautical and leisure activities, entertainment, festivals; without forgetting the charm of the hinterland of soft marshes and salt marshes. It is also a mosaic of landscapes! All the advantages of a nature resort combining a warm and family atmosphere.
Culture and heritage
Access to Mathes battlefield is free. On this promontory of the former Ile de Riez, the dunes and marshes invite the memory of the wars of religion and the Wars of the Vendée. Catholics and Protestants in the XNUMXth centurye century, royalists and Bonapartists in the XIXe, men fought, in this place, for their religion or their ideals. In this former island of Bas-Poitou, six years before the Great Siege of La Rochelle, Louis XIII had inflicted a heavy defeat on the Protestant armies of the West. Two centuries later, during the episode of the Hundred Days, the Vendée general Louis de La Rochejaquelein had fallen in combat, on these same battlefields, without having succeeded in reestablishing Louis XVIII on the throne.
La Chapel of Our Lady of Pity dates from the XNUMXthe or XVe century. Local scholars and historians have long thought that the Notre-Dame-de-Pitié chapel was built in 1610 by Marie de Beaucaire, baroness of Rié, for the repose of the soul of her husband, Sébastien de Luxembourg, who died in 1569. … But the last restoration campaign, which began at the end of 2007, allowed the discovery of ancient remains; three-lobed windows, corner buttresses… which indicate that the building was in fact originally Gothic.
THESaint-Hilaire church is dedicated to Saint Hilaire, bishop of Poitiers who evangelized the region in the IVe century. The early church was built in 1025. Its location was approximately the same as it is today and it was adjoined by a priory. The Wars of Religion battered the building during the XVIe century. In 1609, it was decided to build a bell tower still visible today. Between 1650 and 1676, three altarpieces were placed in the choir and the aisles. Baroque in style, these altarpieces are listed in the Inventory of Historical Monuments and present two scenes from the New Testament (Descent from the Cross, in the choir; The Last Supper, south aisle) and a representation of shipwrecked sailors imploring the Virgin and L'Enfant (north aisle). The Saint-Hilaire church is a fine example of neo-Gothic with its pointed arches, its ribbed vaults, the symmetry and regularity of its structure.
Le La Bourrine du Bois Juquaud Museum teaches you the daily life of maraîchins at the beginning of the XNUMXth centurye century. Authentic set of earthen constructions covered with reeds, the bourrine du Bois Juquaud, built in 1818, testifies to life in the marsh at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.e century. This former farm is made up of the bourrine itself, a restored living space, and numerous ancillary buildings (the barn, the dairy, the henhouse, the shed, etc.). This restoration work was carried out thanks to testimonies collected by the association of Friends of Bourrine, in partnership with the Conservation of Museums of Vendée.
The city wanted to restore the authenticity of the site by faithfully presenting, inside the buildings, the furniture, tools and everyday utensils in the marsh. An interactive visit awaits you in the museum space. Discover the Bois Juquaud site in a different way thanks to its multimedia space (five interactive terminals, a projection room, an exhibition space for an initiation into the Breton Vendée marshes and market gardening culture through its traditions and know-how).
La Saline du Recoin presents the Hilairian salt marshes located on the right bank of the coastal river La Vie. By entering, you are on a remarkable site, protected by the Coastline law and classified Natura 2000. Abandoned after the 1970s, these marshes were rehabilitated in 1997 and are now reviving the salt harvest. Guided by the salt worker, you will understand how the salt marsh becomes the salt marsh. An alchemy between earth, water, moon, sun, wind and man. The singularity of this activity is to have preserved through the ages, its traditions, its tools, its working methods, in spite of the evolutions of the trade and the conditions of exploitation.
On foot, by bike or on horseback, you will have many opportunities for walks from the town of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Choose the app all trails and discover the hikes around the camping.
Thanks to the coastal footpath, you can set off on foot from Les Demoiselles, to reach Pelle-à-Porteau, at the end of the Vendée Corniche. The approximately 13 km promenade follows the right of way for pedestrians on the coast. It is in fact the old customs path that the town has built. All along the route, along the shore, hikers cross several natural sites, from the beach to the white dune, from the gray dune to the wooded dune, to finish on the Vendée Corniche (or vice versa).
Thanks to financial assistance from the `` Natura 2000 beaches '' contract, the town was able to set up a series of educational panels to inform and raise awareness about the nature of the sites crossed (geology, flora, fauna) and on several heritage preservation actions. natural like the reasoned cleaning of beaches. It is up to each of us, responsible hikers, to respect the trail markings.
By bike you will evolve within a privileged territory for bike rides. 350 km of cycle paths are available to you, between the coast, the countryside, the marshes and the forest. Enter here Velodyssey (European cycle route linking the North Cape in Norway to Sagres in Portugal and along our coast and the Aiguillon Bay, to La Rochelle), the Francette bike (cycle route linking Ouistreham to La Rochelle and passing near the Ile d'Elle) and the Vendée by bike, You'll be spoiled for choice !
Loop 22 from Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez takes you for about 1h30 of easy family route, discovering the Grollier lock, the Mattes monument, the Bourrine du Bois Juquaud ecomuseum (traditional house in the Marais Vendéen, Musée de France), the Cour de Baisse (traditional farm in the Marais Vendéen), the 600 ha state forest (holm oaks, maritime pines, picnic tables, bridle path and footpaths), the church, the Notre chapel Lady of All Graces (Sion), the salt marshes of Life, and even the nautical base of the Valleys (nautical activities, picnic areas)! Circuit n ° 5 of the Vendée, 22,9 km from Saint-Jean-de-Monts to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie along the Côte de Lumière and the Corniche Vendée, guides you to the most beautiful beaches of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez.
Beyond Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, the entire department offers a developed and secure network of more than 1000 km of cycle paths, supplemented by directional signs, tourist signage and various information terminals. This network of cycle paths will take you to the island of Noirmoutier to the north and La Tranche-sur-Mer to the south. So everyone on the bike!
Since camping, we strongly advise you to go to Puy du Fou. Rated the best park in the world, Puy du Fou is a historical theme park located in Vendée which allows you to rediscover history in a different way, through costumed and incredibly dynamic shows. Go on an adventure on the Ile d'Yeu.
Plan the day, departure from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie or Fromentine. Essentials to do on site: The old castle, the port of La Meule in particular. The Ile de Noirmoutier is also a jewel that you can visit by bike. Accessible at low tide by the Passage du Gois, many cycle paths will take you there easily.
To discover, the Herbaudière and its port, the Château de Noirmoutier, the Bois de la Chaize, the Plage des Dames ... Still thinking of the children with whom you like to share good times on vacation, spend a day in one of the biggest water parks in Europe, O'Glisspark.
- 300 meters away, Youpla'land, play and leisure park with inflatable structures for children from 0 to 14 years old.
- 1 kilometer: Pège Park, games room, merry-go-round, mini-golf.
- 2 kilometers away: FeelingForest, leisure park for tree climbing and other outdoor activities; Dino's Park, to observe life-size dinosaurs in their natural environment, Festival Towards the Arts, various free shows: concerts, dances, theater, circus…. At the beginning of August, 2 km from camping.
- 2,5 kilometers away, Beautiful Land Park, fun fair for young and old.
- 3,5 kilometers away, Atlantic Slide, water park and attractions.
- In Commequiers, 15 kilometers, The Rail Bike, with family or friends, travel the 10 km to discover the hinterland of Saint Gilles.
- In Saint Julien des Landes, 30 kilometers, The Grand Défi, leisure park for tree climbing, paintball, galactic laser, orienteering course, pony ride, etc.
Do not miss for a total immersion, the local markets, the salt marshes, the bourrines du Bois Juquaud, the town of Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie, Saint-Hilaire du Riez and Saint-Jean de Monts.
Note that From July 7 to August 29. Every day the LA LITTORALE bus service facilitates your trips between La Barre-de-Monts, Notre-Dame-de-Monts, Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie for only € 0,50 the path. The shuttles take the old forest path, close to the beaches and outdoor activities (nautical bases, sports courses, tennis, swimming pools, etc.), to discover the natural heritage of our territory (cycle paths, hiking trails, lookouts) … At the gates of museums (mills and bourrines) and salt marshes… in the heart of neighborhoods (tourist offices, media libraries, markets, shows and concerts…). All information is available on the website of the tourist office.
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If you want to take beautiful walks in the forest or in the dunes, observe the flora and fauna, visit the salt marshes in the south of the Breton Vendée marsh, discover the local heritage, Patrick "A guide in the Vendée", is their privileged partner who will accompany you with kindness and professionalism.
If you want to fully enjoy the ocean and its benefits, practice water walking, their partner Chloé "Chloé's walks" will be your ally! Chloé will be your water walking instructor. Her playground is the ocean, she has been a surfing teacher for 5 years. In the aquatic environment, we learn about the marine environment and perform muscle strengthening exercises in salt water.
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