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Vendée, our region of the month for April, is south of the Pays de la Loire region on the French Atlantic coast, just south of Brittany and Nantes, and north of La Rochelle. Just two to five hours’ drive from the western ferry ports, it’s an easy day's journey from Britain and Ireland.

All year round the Vendée is one of the sunniest spots on the west coast of France. In summer the wether is generally warm. The capital is La Roche sur Yon, originally a stronghold for the people of the Vendee.

Attractions and places to visit include:
•    Beaches for swimming and water sports
•    Picturesque villages and fishing ports
•    Romantic offshore islands
•    Historic towns
•    Beautiful chateaux and gardens
•    Wine producers
•    Excellent Golf courses
•    Cycle routes and rambling trails
•    The fascinating Poitevin Marshes

For travel, the area is nearest the ferry ports of St Malo, Roscoff and Cherbourg, two to five hours’ distant by car, and the journey from Calais is about seven hours.

Holiday accommodation in the Vendée is great value. We have lots of country and coastal private holiday villas with their own garden and many with a swimming pool, making them ideal for family holidays. Also gites, farmhouses and converted barns offering traditional charm.

Find accommodation and our regional guide to the Vendee