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The two churches in Sallertaine
The two churches in Sallertaine
Sallertaine is located in France
Coordinates: 46°51′38″N 1°57′21″W / 46.8606°N 1.9558°W / 46.8606; -1.9558Coordinates: 46°51′38″N 1°57′21″W / 46.8606°N 1.9558°W / 46.8606; -1.9558
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Vendée
Arrondissement Les Sables-d'Olonne
Canton Challans
Intercommunality Marais et bocage
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Luc Menuet
Area1 49.45 km2 (19.09 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,679
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 85280 /85300
Elevation 0–18 m (0–59 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Sallertaine is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

Apart from the two historical churches, the village is well known as an arts and crafts community due to the number of independent craftsmen and women who occupy various outlets, often in former homes, during the summer months. These range from potters and painters to jewellers and purveyors of fine, local foods. There is also a bread making museum that uses multi-lingual audio-commentary to illustrate how French artisan bakers make their famous products. It is possible for visitors to try their hand at bread making. On several evenings during the summer the village has live entertainment attracting French and foreign visitors. The village is also a centre for canoe hire from where the local salt marshes can be explored, including guided tours.

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