enviable location on France’s western coastline has been a firm favourite with holidaymakers far-and-wide for many decades.
Long stretches of sandy beaches overlooking the Atlantic are often cloaked in glorious sunshine during the summer months (approximately 2500 annual sunshine hours punches well above its “northern” weight), with rolling sand dunes and pine trees completing a picture of seaside bliss.
There is plenty on offer beyond the sands too, with the region’s intriguing history leaving behind plenty of cultural sites well worth exploring.
Top sights in the Vendée
The Puy du Fou
Arguably the top attraction in the Vendée for many visiting families, The Puy du Fou is Europe’s third most visited theme park, and is a must-see inland excursion from our parks. This is a theme park unlike any you may have frequented before however, with its rural setting offering the perfect backdrop to jaw-dropping theatrical performances bringing history to life.
While the fact that there are no rides as such would usually cause alarm for parents wanting to keep the whole party entertained, children and teens alike will marvel at the sight of gladiator battles and Viking village pillaging complete with wild animals.
The Vendée History MuseumThe Vendée History Museum in Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne makes for an ideal first port of call when exploring the cultural side of the Vendee. Reachable in under an hour’s drive from all of our parks in the area, the museum takes you on a memorable journey through life in Vendée from the Prehistoric-era through to the present day.
Vendée vineyardsWine lovers can rejoice at the long-held family traditions of wine growing in the region, particularly in the foothills to the south. Highly regarded among wine enthusiasts, a trip here can include organised bike tours of the vineyards and wineries, making for the perfect activity for couples to take back to your Al Fresco decking on the park!
Where can you stay with us in the Vendée?
Home to our Le Domain du Clarys - Le Clarys Plage park, a fully-kitted out water complex (including a snake waterslide!) and the nearby golden sands of Plage des Mouettes beach make for a decidedly family-friendly spot.
Only 8km away is the town of St Jean-de-Monts itself, with a large promenade on the seafront perfect for picking up anything you need during your stay, or simply to walk through the open square as a family in the quiet of the early evening. Families keen on beach and watersports will be spoilt for choice, with sea kayaking, sand yachting and hiring of small boats and dinghies possible.
If relaxation is top of your list then our Sol a Gogo park with direct beach access will keep both kids (and big kids!) in tow happy. Direct beach access to a stunning stretch of golden sand provides the cornerstone of a relaxing beach holiday. Heated pools and a small waterslide are on hand to ensure all ages will have plenty to do.
Make the most of the cycle hire facilities and take in picturesque scenery found on the Corniche Vendéenne running parallel to the rockier coast. Featuring smatterings of woodland and pastures en route, you will journey to the town of St Hilaire-de-Riez, where you can take in the whitewashed houses, small chapel, and local shops and cafes that make up this peaceful commune .
Much like the Vendée region itself, a combination of the historically authentic and access to numerous tranquil settings in which to unwind make a trip to St Julien-des-Landes one to remember. What’s more, you can choose from two of our parks in this area. Village De La Guyonniere boasts something you would rarely see within holiday campsite grounds in its own stunning centrepiece of the natural lake of Jaunay. There are recreational activities aplenty spanning 114-hectares, including swimming, boat rides and leisurely strolls in the surrounding countryside. La Garangeoire is a delightful, individualistic campsite with a stunning lake to enjoy numerous activities. Set in the chateau grounds, its owners pride themselves on a warm family welcome and inventive ways to keep you amused.
A stay at Yelloh! Village Le Pin Parasol also gives you access to Lake Jaunay, as an intuitively designed park with an abundance of great facilities. Combining fun-filled activities for the kids with plenty of choice for unwinding as a family; days can be spent at sailing schools if learning to windsurf has always been on your bucket list, before a laid back afternoon for mum and dad spent in the sauna or jacuzzi.
Highlights in the village worth taking in as you walk or bike through the countryside include La Chapelle de Gareau, a majestic chapel with many religious legends attributed to the structure. Quaint towns and villages with friendly inhabitants, luscious greenery and some of the best beaches in France make for a holiday filled with memories.
Take a further look at the Vendée region and plan your trip!