• Nearest Beach: Direct Access

  • Nearest Town: Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez 6km

  • Nearby Towns:

    • Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie: 9km
    • Saint-Jean-de-Monts: 14km
    • Challans: 19km
    • IIe de Noirmoutier: 41km
    • Nantes: 75km
    • La Rochelle: 136km


Take your pick of sandy beaches, all within striking distance of the park. The ever-popular Atlantic Toboggan water park is a great family choice at Merlin Plage with an array of pools, slides and picnic areas. Ten miles from the park is the town of Challans, with a popular market every Tuesday. St Gilles Croix-de-Vie is home to a busy port and an array of eateries, situated about 12km away.

Days Out

Atlantic Toboggan

Atlantic Toboggan

At nearby Merlin Plage, Atlantic Toboggan is one of the areas most popular attractions. Older and younger children can make a splash in heated pools, children’s play areas and water slides.

Vendee canoeing


Sallertaine is a must because you can’t miss out on exploring the labyrinth of ancient marshlands which tell the tale of the Vendée’s salt history. The best way to see the area is to hire a canoe and paddle along ‘le route du sel’.

Ile de Yeu

Ile d’Yeu

If you are visiting St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie then hop on a ferry across to Ile d’Yeu. This destination is paradise for walkers and cyclists. There are wild and wonderful moors to explore and the breathtaking scenery offers a day trip with a difference. One of the highlights of the island is the Vieux Château which is perched along the cliff top. The panoramic views from the striking landmark of the wild coast are sensational.

Feeling Forest

Feeling Forest

Close to the parc, just 2 km away is Feeling Forest, an aerial assault course with 6 routes. There are also air games, trampolines, mini golf and other challenges. Suitable for 6+, but height restrictions apply.


Events in the Region

Events, Festival La Déferlante d'été

Festival La Déferlante d'été

A summer long festival of street arts and music for both adults and children alike, with the ocean providing a stunning backdrop. 2020 dates to be confirmed.

Events, Traditional fair of Autrefois Challans

Traditional fair of Autrefois Challans

For two Thursdays in both July and August, Challans goes back in time. From dawn till dusk the town celebrates ‘the good old days’, starting with a poultry, butter, egg, and pig fair. There are parades and lots of free activities, but its best to get a timetable of events from the tourist information office so you don’t miss anything. 2020 dates to be confirmed.

Off Parc Activities

20 km from the parc is ‘Velo Rail’ where you can explore the Vendéen countryside via special push pedal cars along a former railway line. 2, 3 or 4 hours, 4 adults per railcar.

The following activities are available off parc:

Golf 13 km from site
Crazy Golf 0.35 km from site
Horse Riding 6 km from site
Scuba Diving 6 km from site
Windsurfing 9 km from site
Kayaking 9 km from site