Challans and its surroundings
Unique place located in the northwest of the Vendée, this landscape retro littoral includes the marshes of Bouin, Beauvoir sur Mer, Sallertaine, Challans, Perrier, Soullans, ...
Protected by a network of dykes and dunes, the marsh is sometimes below sea level. The marsh is covered with ditches, draining the lands and shores that separate the agricultural parcels and bring water from the water. sea, necessary for salt marshes. Every winter, because of heavy rainfall, the marsh fields are covered with water and give the impression of being water: we talk about white swamp.
The peculiarity of this territory is found in the plates of the chief Sylvain Bourmaud of the restaurant Caillebotte : eels, frog legs, ...
About 15 km from Challans, find the port of St Gilles Croix de Vie. Family maritime city, it seduces for its nautical activities, its authentic town center and its large sand beaches. All of the beaches of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie takes advantage of the particularly generous sunshine of the Coast of Light.
First sardine port of the Atlantic facade is a way of life that is discovered through the canning and the different shipyard from the station. During the fishing season of the little blue fish, from April to September, enjoy this choice of choice revisited on the Caillebotte map. The port of St Gilles also includes 42 fishing boats that practice local, traditional and reasoned fishing.
Further north, the Bouin sector is unique in that it has four oyster-farming ports on its territory: the port of Brochets, the port of Louippe, the port of Champs and the most important: the port of Bec.
These ports are home to a flotilla of armed boats for local fishing, traditional, reasoned and quality. In an eco-friendly spirit and for the pleasure of the taste buds Sylvain Bourmaud chef works with fishmongers, oyster farmers and local fishermen guaranteeing quality, respect for products and the environment.
Passage of Gois
This submersible road is passable at low tide but covered at high tide. Alternative to the bridge, this road allows to reach the island of Noirmoutier from Beauvoir sur Mer on foot, by bike or by car. The Gois is also the joy of many fishermen who can practice fishing on foot.
As a precaution, it is imperative to respect the tide times. The crossing is possible 1 h 30 before and 1 h 30 after low tide).