Saint-Jean-de-Monts sits opposite the lle d’Yeu on France’s Côte de Lumière or “Coast of Light”.
A major resort set in a carefully preserved natural environment, it offers a range of different sea, dune, forest and marsh landscapes to explore.
Stretching over eight kilometres, the fine sandy beach slopes gently to the sea providing a safe bathing environment where you can swim, sunbathe and play to your heart’s content.
Between the seafront and the town itself lies a 25-km long strip of forest that conceals a network of walking routes and cycle paths – ideal for a leisurely walk or bike ride through the maritime pines and holm oaks.
The town also offers a wide range of sporting, leisure and cultural events and activities as well as all the usual services and accommodation options. Close at hand and open to all, they include golf, horse-riding, kite surfing, rollerblading, cycling and sand yachting.
Saint-Jean-de-Monts has always paid special attention to the needs of children, both in the type and quality of the leisure activities it offers and as regards the environmental issues that so affect them today.
You’ll even find a range of local produce available in the various markets in the area.
All in all, an ideal destination for a healthy and relaxing holiday with family or friends!
A children’s paradise
You’ll find that all the activities on offer also come in “kids’ sizes”, including water sports (dinghy and catamaran sailing, sand yachting, the Jardin des Mers sailing classes designed to introduce under-7s to the pleasures and pitfalls of the sea), pony trekking, archery, tennis, nature walks, a woodland adventure park and even art workshops. All sporting activities are run by qualified instructors trained to work with children. The gently sloping beach and lack of strong currents at Saint-Jean-de-Monts, coupled with trained life guards, easily recognisable totem-poles to help you get your bearings and free ID bracelets for children make this a perfect place for kids to swim and play.
Wellness – Sea spa with the largest seawater treatment pool in France (300m²) heated to a steady 34°C, water fun park, exhibitions and shows at the Odysséa arena, casino, cycle paths, explorer and GPS walks.
Sport and nature – Water sports centre, sand yachting, 18-hole golf course on sandy soil known for its technical difficulty, woodland adventure course, tennis, archery and horse-riding centres.
Try a fun way of exploring the woods, marshes and seaside resort of Saint-Jean-de-Monts with a series of treasure-hunt-style GPS walks and cycle rides.
A range of guided walks are also available to familiarise you with the local area.
26km of cycle paths mean you can move around the resort safely without having to worry about the traffic.
A stroll through the forest to the Belvedere offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding woodland and marshes.
You’ll also find a range of local seafood and other produce on sale at the town’s various markets all year round.
Festivals and events
Kid’s Folies Festival (April) – During the Easter holidays, Saint-Jean-de-Monts plays host to a fun and friendly, cultural and sporting festival involving a range of activities, exhibitions, workshops and shows that make it a great day out for all the family.
International Triathlon (June) – On an exceptional site combining beach, esplanade and woodland, the Saint-Jean-de-Monts International Triathlon has become a great success with almost 1,000 French and foreign triathletes giving their all on this seaside course.
Planète Beach (July/August) – Discover the world of beach sports with high-level competitions and beginners’ courses open to all in beach volleyball, beach rugby, beach football and more. A range of relaxing, invigorating and family activities.
Caval’Océane (September) – Equestrian competitions and activities on the beach with a show-jumping competition at low tide, a horse-ball tournament on the beach, children’s activities and a horse show.
Food, drink and local specialities
Sample some of the seafood – including oysters, langoustines, crabs, prawns and whelks – caught every day off the local coast and the ever-present pignons or wedge shells, small bivalve molluscs dug out of the beach sands.
Enjoy some of the region’s characteristic fish including sardine, sole and bass.
Discover the traditional foods of the Vendée marshes, including frogs’ legs and grilled eel, two of its most renowned dishes.
From Paris – Take the A11 from Paris to Nantes
From Nantes – Follow signs to Bordeaux, leave the motorway at the Machecoul exit, then head for Challans and St Jean de Monts
From Bordeaux – Take the A10 to Niort, leave the motorway at the La-Roche-sur-Yon exit, then head for Challans and Saint-Jean-de-Monts
SNCF TGV – Nantes to Paris in 2 hours
Non-TGV train – to Challans, then by SNCF replacement bus service to Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Nantes Atlantique Airport
Office de Tourisme de Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Esplanade de la Mer
Saint-Jean-de-Monts for children
What’s on in Saint Jean de Monts
Saint Jean de Monts