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The climate is wonderful with over 200 days of sunshine and over 2,500 hours of sun. Even from early spring and late autumn the weather is very mild and has warm breezes.
The new town by the sea with its esplanade and cafes, is separated from the old town by wooded dunes and a vast forest of pine trees. In the evening, you can enjoy wandering along the esplanade and the lively Avenue de la Mer, the pedestrian road leading to the beach. During the summer season St Jean has everything you would expect of a bustling beach town with many things to do and see.
In the old town, the Church of St Jean Baptiste has been rebuilt in local style with exotic wood on its bell tower.
The "Foret domaniale" has over 750 hectares of maritime pines, acacias, green oak trees planted by Napoleon III, crisscrossed by many footpaths and cycle paths. You can also visit the forest on horse back, and you will even find an Adventure park through the trees.
Several concerts and shows are organised during each summer, and there are many art exhibitions in the Palais des Congres.
The town offers many restaurants where you will discover the specialities of Vendee , such as the « Mogettes » - beans served with famous braised ham of Vendee- an archetypal meal of Vendee! You will have the choice between oysters from Bouin, Beauvoir or Noirmoutier, scampis, crabs, shrimps and whelks that are daily fished offshore, or even « pignons » (little shells that you can yourselves collect in the sand on the beach). Enjoy the sardines from St Gilles Croix de Vie, the sole and the bass, without forgetting the « civelle » (a young eel). Frog legs and grilled eels are part of the most ancient and famous dishes of the marshes. Do not miss the 'brioche' of Vendee, and the traditional desserts like the custard tart of the marshes (flan vendeen), or the 'Caillebottes' cow cottage cheese to eat cool with sugar or honey.
Going South from Saint Jean you can visit Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, a boating centre as well as a great, sandy, seaside resort, full of interesting shops and markets in a pedestrian area.