Experience the beauty of the Vendée coast
Saint Jean de Monts area
Saint Jean de Monts is a seaside town popular with tourists for its long fine sandy beaches, protected forest and exciting local heritage.
A spot of geography:
Saint Jean de Monts is to the west of the Vendée area between Notre-Dame-de-Monts and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez at the top of the Côte de Lumière.
It is divided by a sand belt dotted with pine trees stretching from north to south along the coast making up part of the Forêt des Pays de Monts. The heart of town is to the east of the sand belt whilst the seafront is a lively summer hub to the west which makes up a Coulée verte at least 200m wide. Both sides are linked by several leafy avenues.
The beach is the main attraction in Saint-Jean-de-Monts and is what it’s famous for. It has big open spaces and at 14km long, it’s the largest beach in the Vendée. It is accessible to all and rarely choppy in summer thanks to a slight sandy slope on the sea bed. The waves aren’t too big and the water is shallow for several hundred metres. At low tide, the beach surface area is very large and provides the perfect playground for shellfish gatherers and sports fans of all kinds.
Saint-Jean-de-Monts was awarded four flowers at the Floral Towns and Villages Competition (2007 prize list).
Saint-Jean-de-Monts has implemented a sustainable development project. The now well-known project is called EMMA and brings together public figures, semi-public figures and companies. An action plan was drawn up on the following themes: Waste Management, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Urban Planning, Transport, Environment and Biodiversity Awareness.
The 4* La Prairie campsite has been part of the EMMA project from the very start.
The Breton Vendée marsh and national 700ha forest, planted during Napoléon III’s reign, are still major ecological environments in the area.
The Estacade is a bridge on the sea renovated in 2012/2012. Hikers and fishermen flock here.
"Les oiseaux de mer" sculpture, Jan and Joël Martel’s final piece in tribute to Auguste Lepère and Charles Milcendeau.
"La Baigneuse" sculpture by Henry Murail symbolising the importance of water in this seaside town. It was inaugurated on December 11th 1999.
Saint-Jean Church has been rebuilt several times but its oldest parts date back to the 14th century. It is still the oldest monument in town.
Leisure facilities :
Water sports centre rebuilt and renovated in 2009: land sailing, catamaran, kite surfing, optimist sailing etc.
Odysséa Conference Centre renovated in 2009.
Océabul Aquatics Centre opened in 2008.
Media-Cultural Centre renovated in 2010.
18 hole golf course
Hippodrome de l'Atlantique