and Villages of the Vendee
Gilles Croix de Vie
attractive seaside resort and fishing harbour on the Atlantic coast was
originally two towns, St Gilles sur Vie (south) and Croix de Vie (north) which
had developed on either side of the river Vie, they were joined in 1967 to form
St. Gilles croix de Vie.
season the town has a lot to offer from the busy fishing port with their
colourful boats, where it is also possible to catch the ferry to the L'ile d'Yeu
or charter a boat to go fishing, to the long sandy beach of the Grand Plage or the rocky coves and small beaches along the
Corniche Vendenne just north of the town. The harbour side is a lively place
with good restaurants, bars and cafes and there are endless pleasant walks to be
had not only along the harbour front but back along the river or around from the
harbour via the point de la Garenne to the grand Plage then returning via le
Sabliar on either side of the canal.
As you would
expect from a seaside resort all the water and beach sports are practised here
from windsurfing, kite surfing, long and short board surfing, sailing, sand
yachts, beach casting and fishing from boats, harbour walls and rocks and much
There is an easy pace to life here, time to take a quiet coffee
and watch the world pass by, a stroll to watch the sun set, or pick up those
fresh veg's and fish in the daily markets and with the ever coming and going of
the tide the scenery changes. Its not hard to see why this is a favourite
destination for holiday makers.
Croix de Vie. A personal view by Tate