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Beaches, St.Gilles Croix de Vie
has 4 beaches listed, Le Grand Plage which runs south from the mouth of
the River Vie, Le Petit Plage, Le Plage de Boisvinet and Le Plage de la
Pelle a Porteau.
Le Grande Plage is the major beech for Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, it has a wide stretch of fine sand and runs from the mouth of the River Vie south to Jaunay Beach.
The major problem with Le Grand Plage is parking, which is very
restricted and in the high season it is almost impossible as the hotels
and apartment buildings are right on the beach and the roads behind have
very little space for visitors.
The width of the beach is restricted at high tide and hence becomes very
crowded in high season. There is surveillance from the end of June to
the start of September.
Beach facilities include changing huts, public toilets and showers and
there are separate toilets and showers for the handicapped. The long
promenade has a large number of cafes, bars restaurants and shops.
Le Plage de Boisvinet
is at the entrance to the Corniche (coastal road) and the jetty. This
south facing beach is ideal for families, there is a diving board
available at high tide, a sand volleyball court and a beach club. The
beach has surveillance in July and August.
Le Petit Plage
is at the foot of St. Josephine's tower at the entrance of the port.
This south facing beach has a natural swimming pool that is exposed at
low tide and benefits from solar heating. There is no surveillance.
Le Plage de la Pelle a Porteau is a small beach bordered by rocks. There is no surveillance.
The town and port of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is extremely attractive and is worth a visit, even if you’re not a beach god.
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