Saint Hilaire de Riez is a small town, located just inland from the larger coastal towns of Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and Les Sables d‘Olonne, in Vendee, north-western France. Otherwise refereed to as being located on the Cote de Lumiere, or ‘Coast of Light’ this stretch of coastline is popular amongst both domestic and international visitors alike. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Saint Hilaire de Riez will therefore find that there are a great choice of self catering rental accommodation available here. There are apartments and villas, as well as spacious townhouses and rustic cottages located in the surrounding countryside.
The majority of visitors who are enjoying their holidays in Saint Hilaire de Riez will head for the coast. Here they will find a number of pleasant and relatively unspoilt coastal resorts, lining the miles of clean sandy beaches. As well as being able to have a swim or sunbathe, visitors may wish to enjoy some water sports, such as surfing, water boarding and scuba diving. As an alternative to the usual seaside activities, tourists may also wish to travel inland from the town, where they may hike, horse ride or cycle their way around the undulating countryside. Fresh and salt water fishing are popular activities in the region and golf enthusiasts may wish to improve their handicap in one of the extensive golf courses to be found close to Saint Hilaire de Riez.
As well as the usual attractions to be expected from the nearby coastal resorts, such as souvenir shops, arcades, bars and restaurants, visitors spending their holidays in Saint Hilaire de Riez will also discover that there are a number of interesting historical sites to visit in the region. Farther inland along the Loire valley there are a number of impressive chateaux, all with their own unique style and history. Closer to the town there are numerous architecturally interesting abbeys and churches, perhaps the most notable being the Notre Dame de Vie, with its four distinctive bell towers.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Saint Hilaire de Riez will be pleased to discover that the Vendee department as a whole has a mild temperate climate. Summer temperatures regularly reach the mid-20s degrees Celsius; whilst in winter the temperatures average around 11 degrees Celsius. Saint Hilaire de Riez receives an average annual rainfall of around 25 inches.
Tourists looking to enjoy their holidays in Saint Hilaire de Riez will first fly to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE), approximately two hours’ drive to the north. There are a number of airlines operating regular flights here from the UK, to include easyJet, Flybe and Ryanair. Flights depart from several regional airports, such as