Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Travel Guide

  • Sam at the beach of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez.
    Sam at the beach of...
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  • Let's play miniature golf!
    Let's play miniature golf!
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  • Swingtime!
    Swingtime!
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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Things to Do

  • Reading a book!

    Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax,...

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  • City Center - Keep your eyes open.

    What else has the city centre of Saint Hilaire de Riez to offer? Well let me say this ... as we are from The Netherlands we are used to doing a lot by foot and Saint Hilaire de Riez is a village in which everybody walks and you're truly able to explore all the sights by foot. Our two feet were our best friends and therefore we were able to enjoy...

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  • City Center - Mairie de Saint Hilaire de...

    The origin of the village of Saint Hilaire de Riez can be traced from as long ago as the 4th century, turning it into one of the most ancient spots of the region. There are many different ancient spots to explore within this town, as well as the general appearance of it is rewarding by itself due to its charming houses and buildings. A lot has...

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  • City Center - The wealth of a small...

    We witnessed that in a super-touristy country like France, we used to have a very hard time finding scenic spots that are not crowded, especially in the summer. However, it's also very known that the majority of the international visitors usually hang out only in a few of the major cities of the Vendée, some extensive Chateaus and maybe one or two...

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  • Mairie de Saint Hilaire de Riez – 3...

    It really doesn't matter how you travel towards Saint Hilaire de Riez. Whether you come by car or by bike you will finally arrive at a huge parking lot just in the centre of the village and you can't miss the Mairie de Saint Hilaire de Riez. We learned that the building suffered considerable damage during the religious wars of the 16th century. In...

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  • Mairie de Saint Hilaire de Riez –...

    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Parish Church of Saint Hilaire de Riez we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach did not arrive yet or everybody was still having a break. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want...

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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Restaurants

  • Somehow food always tastes better...

    The sun is shining and everyone wants to head outdoors. Alfresco eating becomes an obsession and what better way to indulge than with a picnic. We just love to have a picnic so every now and then, because somehow, food always tastes better outdoors. Whether you're heading to the beach, mountains, meadow or just the back yard, pack up your self-made...

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  • No restaurant can top this!

    Making your own food at the campsite is simply a great way to spend time with friends and family, to entertain and to simply enjoy your background. Having a so called “meal at home” is becoming increasingly popular and the eating out is decreasing, probably a budget thing. But anyway, it brings your cooking outside – so you don’t have to miss out...

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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Nightlife

  • Fun for the kids.

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is a seaside resort and has long sandy beaches stretching along the Atlantic coast and is a great place for relaxation and water sports. Besides the attractions there are a lot of nearby spots to visit as well, like several islands with an unspoiled heritage and many architectural gems. During the day it is of course rather...

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  • Kid’s dream come true.

    The Camping The Prairie has all the necessary services avaiblable. The friendly reception and its 'I' point provide all the useful information of the camping itself, the region and its places of interest you could wish for. There is also a large bar-restaurant, with terraces, and a handy take-away and pizzeria for those times you don’t want to...

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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Warnings and Dangers

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    by Jerelis Updated Apr 20, 2011

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?

    The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.

    This still doesn't explian why my female co-driver turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!

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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Tourist Traps

  • La Plage – The beach area.

    For the summer of 2010 we stayed at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, which is a nice seaside resort in the Vendée. Besides the village itself there are a lot of nearby spots to visit as well, like several islands with an unspoiled heritage and many architectural gems. Of course don’t forget to visit the Talmont-Saint-Hilaire Castle which is a medieval...

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  • La Plage – Sometimes very busy.

    The only downside to visiting the beaches is it gets busy at sometimes. But just arrive in time and you will find a parking place for the car and a good spot on the sandy beach anyway. We enjoyed ourselves very much by swimming, writing messages in the sand, have a homemade picnic, threw some frisbee, building sand castles, read some book, did some...

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  • La Plage – Beach at Veillon.

    Because we stayed at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez for the summer we were able to visit more than just one beach. In our second week we ended up at the Beach at Veillon, which is without doubt one of the most attractive beaches I have visited. From some locals we heared that this particular beach has been regularly voted one of the best places to visit in...

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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Apr 20, 2011

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Sports & Outdoors

  • Miniature golf - Swingtime!

    Well ... what to do whenever the three ladies decided to go for a day of shopping, leaving two men behind at the campground? Of course a nice and refreshing dive in the swimming pool was an option, but on the other hand an exiting game of miniature golf is da bomb :)The Parc de la Pèg miniature golf center features 18 holes of mini golf fun for the...

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  • Swimming pool - Be aware of the free...

    The Camping The Prairie has all the necessary services avaiblable. The friendly reception and its 'I' point provide all the useful information of the camping itself, the region and its places of interest you could wish for. There is also a large bar-restaurant, with terraces, and a handy take-away and pizzeria for those times you don’t want to...

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  • Swimming pool - Make room for slides,...

    Gone are simple boring pools! Make room for slides, water games and relaxation. Water parks in the new millennium are made of several pools equipped with slides, currents or bubble pathways. Some campsites go above and beyond and have wave pools, lagoons bordered with sand or indoor spaces reserved for babies and for young mothers. I guess this is...

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