One of the sunniest climates in France, and a coastline that’s virtually one endless beach. Inland, there are scented pine forests and charming countryside scattered with picturesque villages and renaissance towns. A stunning backdrop to a diverse choice of activities and attractions.
Cycling is one of the best ways and exciting ways to get around in the Vendee giving you the chance to explore through some of the amazing pine forests and coastal paths which will lead from one town to the next.
Les Sables d'Olonne
Situated on the Atlantic coast, Les Sables d'Olonne is one of France's original holiday destinations. The beautiful beach is overlooked by some of the old Victorian buildings that still stand on the promenade, making for a fantastic day out of sunbathing and history.
Cinescenie, Puy du Fou
An evening spectacular light show which retells the story of the Vendée. Be aware this event gets full very quickly so be sure to pre-book tickets before your holiday! .
Local Seafood Specialities
The long coastlines in the Vendée provide a bountiful selection of fish and shellfish. Culinary specialities include sardines from St Gilles Croix de Vie, and mussels from L’Aiguillon. Not surprisingly, fish soup is a speciality of the region.
“The Vendée gets the important things right, that is why it’s such a popular destination for me: safe, sandy beaches, an enviably reliable sunshine record and first class family run parcs which have been welcoming Brits for years.”
It's the uncrowded coast with mile upon mile of golden sands which brings people flocking to the campsites in the Vendee region. From the wide expanses of sand of Les Sables d'Olonne to the Grand Plage of St Jean de Monts, the Vendée can lay claim to some of France's finest beaches, fringed by fragrant pine forests with a network of trails just waiting to be explored. With its wonderful west cost climate, the Vendee is the perfect place for your camping holiday in France. But there's more to camping holidays in Vendee than sea, sand and sun. Bustling fishing villages throng with local noise and flavour: St Gilles fish market is an ideal place to grab your crab and mussels and saunter along the quayside. Bretignolles and Talmont are attractive historic market havens further south. You'll find Al Fresco luxury mobile homes on three lively campsites in the Vendee: Clarys Plage in St Jean de Monts, Sol-a-Gogo in St Hilaire de Riez and La Garangeoire in St Julien des Landes.
What to eat and drink in Vendee
For breakfast, try Brioche Vendée - sweet bread that's delicious with butter and jam. Enjoy a lobster lunch on the Ile d-Yeu, an hour by boat off the north Vendée coast. Muscadet sur lie, Fief Vendéen and Mareuil wines are the perfect companions. You can't move for pork rillettes, pate, sausages and oysters at the local markets.
What to see and do in Vendee
Whilst the golden beaches are the star attraction for most people's Vendee camping holiday, there are plenty of things to do and see close to all the Al Fresco holiday parcs: Le Grand Parc Puy du Fou: Surrounded by a hundred-year-old forest, Puy du Fou is a unique place to visit for an unforgettable day out with your family or friends. Spectacular shows and authentic villages take you back though the centuries for an experience you'll never forget. La Rochelle: A historic seaside town where proud Naval tradition meets contemporary shopping and dining. There's also an excellent aquarium just outside the centre of town. Futuroscope: witness a world as it could be in the future at this cinematic sci-fi attraction park near Poitiers. Apremont, near Aizenay: As an alternative to the beach, head inland and discover pretty Apremont, clinging to the rocky sides of the Vie valley with a crumbling Renaissance castle and the largest lake in the Vendée. Hire boats are available for sedate trips downstream.