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Do you know Talmont-Saint-Hilaire? This delightful little town couldn’t be better placed, just a few kilometres from Les Sables d’Olonne and La Roche-sur-Yon. A break at Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is unbeatable for a great breath of fresh sea air. And there’s no doubt about it, the air of the Vendée always does you good! Beach, sea, nature, history and gastronomy, so many reasons that ensure you’ll adore this charming seaside town.
Did you know? 1963 saw an incredible discovery... dinosaur footprints! Yes, there’s no doubt about it we are indeed talking about dinosaurs here! All you need to do is visit the dinosaur beach, between that of Le Veillon and Port Bourgenay, if you want to observe these fossilised remains! So no, you’re not dreaming, you can really walk in the footsteps of the dinosaurs. The kids are certain to love it, and you as well!
What to see and do? Why not begin by exploring the town? Lose yourself in its past and soak up its history with a visit to the jewel of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire: the Château de Talmont! This former fortress, one-time residence of Richard the Lionheart, will immerse you in the heart of the Middle Ages. During the summer, you can even enjoy falconry and jousting displays, mediaeval workshops and guided tours. A fascinating way to bring history to life and an activity certain to be appreciated by all ages. You’d like to know more about the town? Enjoy all the beauty of its natural environment. Head off to the nearby Havre du Payré, as the local people of the Vendée call it. Officially listed as a “Grand Ensemble Naturel” and the Vendée’s most remarkable site, you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking landscapes! Between golden dunes and salt pans, pine forest and salt meadows, this is a totally unique environment and a delight to explore. You could hardly imagine a better place for an exhilarating walk to recharge the batteries! In need of a little relaxation? The beach at Le Veillon with its soft fine sand makes the ideal spot! And as a day as well-filled as this never fails to give everyone an appetite, it’s the moment to try the local cuisine. So pull up a chair on a restaurant terrace, sit back and simply enjoy your holiday!