Discover the charming village of Saint Hilaire la Forêt during your holidays camping in Vendée at La Grand’ Métairie!
Before asking yourself what to do in Vendée, take the time to visit Saint-Hilaire-la Forêt and discover the numerous riches of this retro coastal village: the Saint-Hilaire church, the sacred fountain “La Courolle” and the famous Dolmen de la Sulette which will make you want to know more about the megalithic lands that make up our territory. So, ready to go back in time? Visit the Préhisto’ site of the CAIRN (archaeological centre for initiation and research on the Neolithic), a cultural space dedicated to Prehistory which covers 350 m2 and is divided into 3 exhibition rooms. Workshops and activities are organised to give a fun dimension to this visit, which is aimed at the whole family! Would you like to go for a real Vendee walk through the fields? Take advantage of the cycling and walking paths in the surrounding area to discover the landscapes and scents of the Sainte-Hilairaise countryside.
If you are travelling with children, feel the rush at Le Château des Aventuriers in Avrillé, a riddles and history theme park located a few minutes’ drive from the campsite, built around a real castle (La Guignardière). Learn while having fun at La Folie de Finfarine, a center dedicated to the lives of bees and honey production, a few kilometers from La Grand’Métairie. And don’t forget to breathe in the sea air during your holiday! From Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt, take the D19 towards Jard-sur-Mer to swim in the sea, walk along the beach or watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean. The village of Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt, part of the Vendée Grand Littoral group of 20 charming towns, is ideally located for an unforgettable trip to the Vendée!
Spend an afternoon at the Préhisto’site du Cairn :
Being in total immersion in the megalithic period. After visiting the museum and its 350 m², observing the interactive exhibitions, go to the park composed of several areas animated by a team of enthusiastic mediators. Discover, in a fun way, how prehistoric men lived, visit their life-size habitat and discover the secret of the menhirs’ movement. Various workshops are on offer: fire lighting demonstrations, pottery, hunting, etc. Learn about their daily gestures and take part in the treasure hunt in the footsteps of Séraphin Grattesol, an archaeologist, whose logbook was found in 2017!
Lunch or dinner at La Pergola restaurant :/strong>
located in the heart of Campsite La Grand’Métairie. Come and discover its large room with its simple, rustic and natural decor, its impressive frame, its wood stove lighted for cool evenings. With its huge covered terrace open onto the greenery, the restaurant looks like a Texas ranch. Here you can enjoy home-made pizzas, excellent burgers, fresh salads, and typical dishes from the Vendean region, such as mogettes or the famous Vendean ham. But the restaurant is open all day long from April if you just want to have a drink or a snack with your children. Take the opportunity to visit the vegetable garden and the mini-farm just next door.
Bike rides :
Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt and its region are rich in nearly 350 flat, landscaped paths from the coast to the countryside, passing through marshes and forests. Numerous cycle paths are equipped with directional signs allowing walkers to find their way around easily and discover the most beautiful tourist sites in complete tranquillity. Thus, 24 circuits are proposed to you with detailed information sheets on the “cirkwi” website, but don’t miss the itineraries of La Vélodyssée, which leaves Morlaix and joins Hendaye along the French coast. Invigorating and superb.