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Notre Dame-de-Monts

On the Atlantic coast in the north of the Vendée, Notre Dame-de-Monts is a small village that owes its existence in the main to the tourist trade. Situated between the Island of Noirmoutier and the holiday resort of St.Jean-de-Monts, the beaches with some of the finest sand in the Vendée are backed by large sand dunes that were planted in the 19th century with pine trees to stabilise them. This in turn formed le Foret des Pay de Monts, which is ideal for walking and cycling.

Behind the forest and coming right up to the edge of the village is the Marais Breton Vendéen, this is one of the most ecologically important areas in the Vendée, having been drained by the monks from the middle-ages onwards it was not until the building of the dykes on the Baie de Bourgneuf and the stabilising of the dunes that the marshes were tamed.

The modern seafront and promenade offer all the facilities for a beach holiday including excellent strolls.
3 beaches have surveillance from the 1st July to the end of August, and they all have toilets and showers.

POLE NAUTIQUE 20 Boulevard des Dunes Tél. 02 51 58 05 66 offers advice and training on all aspects of water sports including ; sea kayak, sailing, land yachting, wind surfing etc.,
Markets: Every Sunday Morning.
             Arts and craft market on Tuesday evenings 21h to midnight in July & August.

Restaurants in Notre Dame de Monts;
La Moulerie, 90,Avenue Mer. Tel.02 51 58 96 71. Moules,saladerie, fish.
La Plage. 7, Bd. Ocean. Tel. 02 51 58 85 40. Creperie, saladerie, menu du jour.
Le Montibus 102, ave. Mer. Tel. 02 28 11 25 78.
L'Estran. 55 rue St Jean-de-Monts. Tel. 02 51 58 86 48.
Vero. 92 Ave de la Mer. Tel 09 61 59 20 92. Pizzeria.
Trois Monts 49, Ave de la Mer. Tel 02 51 58 83 60.
Le Bateau. 103 Avenue de la Mer, Tel. 09 61 36 30 55.
Patagaufre 133, Avenue de la Mer. Tel 02 51 58 83 60.
La Cabane du Pecheur. 50, rue de la Barre. Tel.02 28 11 21 75.
Le Bristot Plage. Plage Centrale. Tel. 02 28 11 22 73. See review of this restaurant
La Choisille. 87, Ave de la Mer.  Tel. 02 51 59 37 97.
Le Parosol. 102, Avenue de la Mer.. Tel.02 28 11 25 78.

Jardin du Vent. In the heart of the old village stands an old windmill with strange sails and below in the garden are all manner ot things connected to wind.

Kulmino. This water tower on the Marais Breton just behind the town is open to the public, giving a detailed explanation on the water cycle and a panoramic view of the whole area.

Eco-museum Daviaud. This well established museum tells the story of the Marais Breton, and is a living museum with demonstrations from farming to salt production.

Maison de la Dune & de la Foret. 50, ave. Abbe Thibaud. Tel. 02 51 59 55 49.
Open April and in September wednesdays and weekends 14.30 to 18.00
July and August. Monday to Friday 10h to 12h30 & 15h to 18h30.
A centre for the discovery and education on the environment of the dunes and forest.

Bike Hire; CyclLove Evasion.  Tel. 02 51 58 43 86.

Taxis; Taxis Notre Dame. 3,rue Champs.  Tel. 02 51 58 85 55.

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