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St. Jean de Monts

St.Jean-de-Monts is a very popular modern holiday resort in the north of the Vendée, although there was a fishing village dating back to the middle-ages, the glorious long stretch of beach was all but deserted except for the footpaths that the fishermen used to return from their boats. The whole area was part of the Ile-de-Monts which was seperated from the mainland by a stretch of sea which over the centuries silted up and was drained by the monks. It was the property of the state and an access road was only constructed in 1868 when the forestry commission gave up 3 hectares of dunes and part of the sea front. With the popularity of sea bathing quickly developing the Hotel du Casino was built in 1905, and with the state gradually releasing land on either side the first holiday accommodation houses were built in the late 1950's.
Today the modern look and feel of the sea front with its large promenade and all the amenities required by today's holiday maker makes St. Jean de Monts a very popular resort.
The town that developed from the tiny fishing village, is today a vibrant place and has the 15th century granite church, with its 13th century swallow beak belfry topping a plain tower, at its heart. The open square around the church makes for a pleasant place to meet and shop.

Behind the town the Marais Breton Vendéen comes almost into town reminding us that this is the remnants of the sea that separated  the Ile-de-Monts from the mainland.

The beaches that stretch for 8 kilometres have some of the finest sands in the Vendée and there is a launch area for small boats and dinghies. All kinds of beach sports are available and sand yachting is very popular. It is possible to take 1 & 2 hour trips in the sand yachts.

Plage des Demoiselles : the most southerly, located between Saint-Jean-de-Monts and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (1 lifeguard station)
La Grande Plage : flanked along its entire length by the promenade and its cycle paths (2 lifeguard stations)
Plage de la Base Nautique : Behind the jetty (1 lifeguard station)
Plage du Golf : Pets allowed (1 lifeguard station)
Plage de la Davière : Pets allowed
Plage de la Parée du Jonc : Pets allowed (1 lifeguard station)
Plage des Tonnelles : Pets allowed (1 lifeguard station)
Plage du Pont d'Yeu : Very well known for shellfish gathering at spring tides. Pets allowed. Gathering Shell fish Regulations

Swimming pool Complex; See Oceabul for more details

Golf. The golf course on the pine tree covered dunes and backed by sea is 6522 yards (5937m) par 72.

Tennis; Paree-Jesus Sports Centre. route de la Parée Jésus   Tel. : +33 (0)2 51 58 01 54.
               It has five cement courts, six clay courts and two indoor courts

Sea Kayaking; Hire and Lessons,  Avenue de l'estacade  Tel. : +33 (0)2 51 58 00 75.

Water sports Centre.   Avenue de l'estacade  Tel. 02 51 58 00 75. For lesson in surfing, Kite Surfing, Sailing from Optimus to Hobie Cats,Yacht cruising, Wind surfing.

Horse Riding; Saint-Jean-de-Monts has five routes for exploring the forest and getting acquainted with the
                    local flora and fauna.
                    Rides lead through the forest, across the beach the salt marshes, etc. Ultimately, one of
                    the best ways of experiencing the natural environment of the area is on horseback

La Chevauchee des Dunes, Ave des Epines, Orouet, Tel. 06 87 48 12 97.
Club Hippique le Havre de Vie, Route du Mailleau. Tel 02 51 58 27 30.
Nellys Ranch. Rue du Moulin Casse. Tel 06 23 13 76 25.
Carriage Rides.     Attelage de la Vie.  Tel.06 73 85 85 31.

Karting;     Rousselot- Baril Jean-Pierre. St Jean de Monts.Tel 02 51 59 06 64.

Explora Parc; Adventure park, Complex Sportive de la Paree Jesus.  Tel. 06 22 61 45 98.
                    2h30  of emotion and edrenaline in the tree top course. With 100 attractions and workshops
                    including a tyrolienne of 400 meters.

Thalassotherapy; Wellness, Les Thermes Marins. 12, Ave des pays de Monts. Tel. 02 51 59 18 18.
                              See website for more details

The Eco-museum at nearby Le Daviaud is a must for anyone who is interested in the history of the Marais Breton. Also close by is the Kulmino, this water tower has explanations on all aspects of water plus you can go to the top for a stunning panoramic view of the area.


Jean Yole market :
Place Jean Yole
Non-food : Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, throughout the year.
Food : Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, throughout the year and every morning at the following times of year:
Spring/summer : from Saturday 3 April to Sunday 29 September
Autumn half-term : from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October
Christmas/New Year : 24 and 31 December
Covered beach market :
Avenue des Demoiselles
Food : Every morning from the end of June to the beginning of September
Plage des Demoiselles market :
Avenue de la Plage
Food and non-food : Monday and Thursday mornings from 1 July to 30 August.

Excursions; Visa Vie. Pont de la Concorde. Tel. 06 60 69 80 13. 1h30 trip along the River Vie with
                                commentary.Tour of the ports and former salt marshes.

L'Express Montois; Tourist Train, Tel. 06  08 18 28 45 Taking in all the sites, runs from April to September.

Entertainment; Discos; Repsor   11 ave Mer  02 51 59 07 30.
Le Bahiana 15, Ave de la Mer.  Tel. O2 51 59 74 74.
L'Atlantide.. 18, Esplanade de la Mer. Tel. 02 51 58 09 65.
La Carre au Casino  29 esplanade de la mer.  Tél : 02 51 26 55 00
CascinoCasino  La Pastourelle    29 esplanade Mer  02 51 26 55 00

Events; Kids Folies 7th April to 4th May.
            Beach Rugby, 7 -8- 9th June
            Triathlon 23 & 24th June.
            Free Golf Taster. April 8th, May 7th and June 3rd  from 15h to 17h.

TaxisAllegret- Bonnamy Taxis. 110 rue du Moulin Casse.  Tel.02 51 58 14 14.
Allo Monts Taxis.  96 Ave, Orouet.  Tel. 02  28 11 40 72.
Allo Taxis. 19, esplanade du Mer.  Tel. 06 80 01 50 38.
Taxis  et services Littoral. Place Gare Routiere.  Tel. 06 13 47 12 83.

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