Campsite near Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Saint Gilles-Croix-de-vie: The authentic Vendée
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, facing the ocean, is one of the most important place of the vendean coast. This maritim city has kept his authenticity as fishermen place, even if it is facing an increasingly success.
Saint Gilles-Croix-de-vie is waiting for you at only 15 minutes from the campsite.
High place for yachting and nautical activities, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie offers water delights thanks to many advantages : walk along the ports, the Boisvinet beach that proposes water activities and a wide beach to enjoy bathes or the activities on the Remblai, its old quarters with old narrow streets with fishermen houses, or the beautiful houses that show the attractivity of this beautiful coast last century when sea bathing were in vogue … All these things make that It can be choosen as a place to visit during your stay in Vendée.
Saint Gilles-Croix-de-vie: A fishing port to visit
After the activity of salt and weat transport, the city naturally turned to fishing during the 16th century. The port is used as transit for the cargos coming from the Netherlands, England or Spain. At the same time, the local shipowners go to Newfoundland to fish cod. The port will expand over the centuries while the other Vendean ports gradually abandon sardine fishing, Saint Gilles has continued until now. The « sylvered fish » became the symbol of the city and the « Confrérie de la sardine » (Brotherhood of sardine) was created in 1990.
Saint Gilles-Croix-de-vie: A famous seaside resort
At the beginning of the 20th century, the sea bathings became in vogue along the Atlantic coast. Highly recommended for their benefits, the sea bathings attracted a middle class or a rich clientele. Balneotherapy is well known for its tonic effects on health thanks to iodine, pure air, salt…
So in 1863, the first house for bathes is created on the wide beach and the first beach huts were built.
The railway arrived in 1882 and boosted the rise of seaside tourism, and incited the local noblemen to built seasonal holiday houses. You can always see many of them. Since that time, tourism has significantly increased : they were about 2000 in 1907 and they are more than 40 000 today.
Thanks to informational supports, you can improve yourself with the story of the places, people and landscape you met.
In one day you can soak up yourself with the atmosphere of the fish auction house or the markets or let you touched by the flashy colors of the boats with their flag flying in the wind or stroll across the quiet little streets and also enjoy sailing on a catamaran.