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St Gilles Croix de Vie
boats at rest on the River Vie
Fishing habour at sunset.
This 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.
Fishing boats in the harbour at St Gilles Croix to Vie
The Grand Plage at St Gilles Croix de Vie
Sunset across the harbour entrance at St Gilles Croix de Vie
At any 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 much more.
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.
St Giles Croix de Vie. A personal view by Tate
Photo gallery,St Giles-Croix-de-Vie
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