- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the manager
This second floor apartment is situated in a residence of 80 apartments with a shared non heated swimming pool in the centre of St Jean de Monts in the Vendee. It is 1.5 km to the beach of St jean de Monts.
Accommodation and facilities
The residence is situated in the centre of the old town of St Jean de Monts, close to the market and shops.
The living area has a dining table and chairs, a small TV and a sideboard.
There is a balcony with garden furniture.
The kitchen has a sink, a fridge, 3 hot plates, a mini oven, a micro wave and copboards.
The bedroom has a double bed, a chest of drawers and bed side tables with lamps.
There is a mezzanine ...Read more
Parc de la Bigeonniere LS78 - St Jean de Monts
Vendee, Western Loire, France
Additional Location Information
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 "ForÃªt 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 Â« Mogettes Â» - 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 Â« pignons Â» (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 Â« civelle Â» (a young eel). Frog legs and grilled eels are part of the most ancient and famous dishes of the marshes. Do not miss the âï¿½ï¿½briocheâï¿½ï¿½ of Vendee, and the traditional desserts like the custard tart of the marshes (flan vendeen), or the âï¿½ï¿½Caillebottesâï¿½ï¿½ 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.
Beaches. Saint Jean de Monts is flanked by 8 kilometres of beautiful long, fine sandy beaches with excellent water quality. St Jean de Monts has a âï¿½ï¿½blue flagâï¿½ï¿½ award for its sea water. The beach is accessible to everyone, it shelves very gently and the waves are small.
Plage des Demoiselles : the most southerly beach between Saint Jean de Monts and Saint Hilaire de Riez (1 lifeguard post).
La Grande Plage : bordered, in part by the esplanade and in part by cycle tracks (2 lifeguard posts).
Plage de la Base Nautique : behind the landing stage (1 lifeguard post).
Plage du Golf : animals permitted (1 lifeguard post).
Plage de la DaviÃ¨re : animals permitted.
Plage de la ParÃ©e du Jonc : animaux permitted (1 lifeguard post).
Plage des Tonnelles : animals permitted (1 lifeguard post).
Plage du Pont d'Yeu : animals permitted. This beach is very well known for shell-fish gathering during big tides. Please note that this activity is strictly regulated and can be dangerous without good local knowledge.
Markets - Local market days are as follows:.
MarchÃ© Jean Yole at Place Jean Yole. There is a food market throughout the year on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and daily between 3rd April and 29th September. Other (non-food) stalls are at the market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, throughout the year.
MarchÃ© de la Plage (covered) at Avenue des Demoiselles. There is a food market every morning from the end of June to the beginning of September.
MarchÃ© Plage des Demoiselles at Avenue de la Plage. There is a food and non-food market on Monday and Thursday mornings from 1st July to 30th August.
Golf: Set on the sea shore, the sandy ground means the course can be played all year round, regardless of the weather. A technically difficult course, in a natural setting, there are many obstacles to challenge. Wedged between the forest and the shoreline, it has a very natural, peaceful feel which allows players to focus on their game without distraction. The club house is open throughout the year and comprises a pro-shop, bar, brasserie, and restaurant.
Cycling: It is a popular activity, to be enjoyed by all the family. The flat terrain of the Vendee coast lends itself particularly well to family exploration and there are some 26km of safe tracks, reserved exclusively for cyclists around St Jean de Monts alone. Look a little further afield and there are 140km of cycle tracks along the Vendee coast and around the islands. Cycling is a great way to explore the region and a good way to avoid the traffic and the high season scramble for parking by the beach. More relaxing all round! If, however, you are not confident on two wheels, there are always the âï¿½ï¿½Rosalieâï¿½ï¿½ bikes for a fun ride along the esplanade with the whole family peddling together Water sports.
St Jean de Monts is an ideal location for a whole range of water sports, whether you are an expert or simply wish to learn a new skill or try a new activity.
âï¿½ï¿½La Base Nautiqueâï¿½ï¿½, water sports centre in St Jean de Monts is where it all happens. There is a wide range of sports available including dinghy and catamaran sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sand yachting and canoeing.
If you are already competent and just wish to hire the necessary equipment, catamarans, windsurfs and kayaks can be hired at an hourly rate. For beginners or people wishing to develop their skills there are individual and group lessons or courses. All sailing courses are run by fully qualified instructors according to French Sailing Federation (FFV) guidelines. Group sizes and age restrictions vary according to the individual sports.
For a real taste of adventure, the sailing centre has a new fleet of Trimaran Magnum 21s in which they organise outings either along the coast (2 hours) or out to the islands (6 hours). You can go alone or with the family. For the inshore outings children from 3 years old under adult supervision are permitted but for the island trips children must be at least 6 years old and be used to sailing on the sea. There is one instructor to every 2 trimarans.
La ParÃ©e Jesus: A low tech theme park in the forest makes a great day out for all the family.
'Arbre et Aventureâï¿½ï¿½, a high level adventure circuit in the trees (rather like âï¿½ï¿½Go Apeâï¿½ï¿½ in the UK) takes 2h30 to get round and offers all kinds of thrills with tarzan swings, wobbly bridges, walkways and the MEGA XXXL, 350m zipwire, all with great views over the forest to the sea. Open daily during school holidays and Wednesdays and weekend at other times.
Orienteering Circuit: with the help of a detailed map you can set off âï¿½ï¿½en familleâï¿½ï¿½, in search of 22 hidden clues. Take your time to look at the countryside around you. The clues are everywhere, round the tennis courts, by the archery, in the tree-top adventure parcâï¿½¦ Circuit starts from the tennis court and archery car park.
GÃ©ocaching: a real 21st century treasure hunt. The principle is really simple: you pick up the GPS co-ordinates of the hidden treasure from the tourist office. Armed with your GPS, follow the co-ordinates to get you to the location where youâï¿½ï¿½re your instincts take over to find the cache. Where could it be? Behind a wall, in a tree trunk etcâï¿½¦? The treasure is hidden in a small sealed box. Inside is a booklet, for you to leave your comments but also objects to swap so donâï¿½ï¿½t forget to bring something to replace what you take (a pen, a key ring, something small). For more information, contact the St Jean de Monts Tourist Office.
GPS walks/cycling: A great new way to explore the area either on foot or by bike. GPS can be hired from St Jean de Monts Tourist Office.
Jogging: A pleasant circuit of 5 kilometres, with no hills, has been set out between the forest and the dunes, with distance markings along the way.
Barefoot walking (next to the âï¿½ï¿½Arbre et Aventureâï¿½ï¿½ centre). A circuit to wake up your feet! This is a short pathway which you complete barefooted and blindfolded. Will you recognise what you are walking on? Beware there are some steep drops! Donâï¿½ï¿½t forget to collect your guide book so that when you complete the circuit you can check out the things you couldnâï¿½ï¿½t identify on the way round. Free of Charge.
Archery: In the peaceful setting of the pine forest, you can experience the fun of archery. Under the supervision of a qualified instructor, you can shoot arrows from 5m to 25m depending on your level of expertise. Archery is a family activity accessible to anyone aged 6 years old and over, either for an individual session (from 6 years old) or for a week-long course (from 9 years old). Equipment provided. Open Monday âï¿½ï¿½ Friday during Easter holidays and the summer season. Group bookings (in advance) possible (min 6 people) out of season.
Mini Golf: There are two to choose from, either Mini Golf du Marais, with two 18 hole courses in an area of 1800mÂ²
Or Mini Golf Loisirs des Marines, an 18 hole mini-golf in shaded parc. Mini F1 track for children, at Orouet.
OcÃ©abul Aquatic Centre: a new swimming complex designed for sport and leisure. There is a 25m pool with lanes for serious swimmers, a fitness/spa pool (150mÂ²) with counter currents, a bubble bench, a swans neck, indoor relaxation areas and an open-air sun terrace. There is a leisure pool with a childrenâï¿½ï¿½s lagoon. As well as swimming facilities, there is a well-being area with sauna, steam room and various treatments available (for an extra charge).
Hippodrome de lâï¿½ï¿½Atlantique: Horses have for a long time been part of life in St Jean de Monts with the first races dating back to 1904, when they took place on the beach. Today most events take place at the hippodrome which is set in the forest with wonderful views over the sea to Ile dâï¿½ï¿½Yeu. Every Sunday from mid-July to late August races and other events are organised here from 16h. Every September there is the âï¿½ï¿½Cavalâï¿½ï¿½OcÃ©aneâï¿½ï¿½, an equestrian spectacle, which takes place on the beach.
Horse Riding: there are 5 circuits specially designed to give you a taste of the flora and fauna of the region. Some are in the forest, some on the beach or the marais. There are several hores riding centres around St Jean with qualified instructors who offer lessons or excursions on horse back tailored to your level of ability.
Walking: There are no less than 23 marked footpaths which take in forest, seaside, dunes and marshlands and are a great way to explore the area. You are free to explore independently or if you prefer, accompanied walks with a commentary are organised by the tourist office.
Relaxation and Well-being: The Thermes Marines, Franceâï¿½ï¿½s number 1 Thalassotherapy centre is conveniently located in St Jean de Monts. It boasts one of the largest heated sea-water pools (34Â°) and offers a wide programme of treatments including back therapy, rheumatology, slimming and cellulite, post natal therapy and all the beauty treatments. As well as the relaxation centre you can use the fitness centre, pool, sauna and steam rooms.
Last updated on February 28, 2015
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