The Vendée, our region of the month, lies on the western coast of France in the region of Pays de la Loire. It may not be the best known part of the country, but actually has loads to offer for visitors. Here’s our list of top reasons for making The Vendée your next holiday destination.
Mild sunny climate
The Vendée enjoys similar amounts of sunshine to the midi/méditerranéen departments according to figures from Météo France, hence the name "Vendée Côte de Lumière" (Coast of Light).
Sandy beaches and beautiful islands
140 km of gently sloping sandy beaches mean you are sure to find the right beach for you. Experience the charms of the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier, jewels of the Atlantic.
A fabulous family destination
Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this area offers the best of both worlds - a seaside holiday and a wide range of land and sea-based leisure activities – walking, cycling, water sports, theme parks, historic and cultural sites
Puy du Fou, named best theme park in the world
Puy du Fou at Les Epesses is a historical theme park which offers spellbinding shows for all the family. Encounter castles and knights, Vikings, gladiators and musketeers; see the breathtaking Cinescenie and Organs of Fire live evening spectaculars.
Natural beauty: the Marais Poitevin
An extensive and beautiful man-made landscape with intertwining canals and countryside. Known as the ‘green cathedral, it’s a peaceful other world where punts meander under the pollarded Ash trees.
Fine cuisine from land and sea
Vendée culinary specialities include seafood and fresh fish, fleur de sel sea salt, Fiefs Vendéens AOC wine, mogette, bonnotte potatoes from Noirmoutier, Vendée brioche or gâche and ham. There’s an ever increasing number of award winning and Bib Gourmand restaurants.
Large choice of accommodation
Stay by the sea, inland within easy reach of the sea or in the heart of the Vendée. We have a great choice of holiday homes for couples, families and groups including country cottages and farmhouses, seaside villas and delightful rural gites with swimming pool.
Good transport links
Motorways, TGV stations and Nantes and La Rochelle airports make it easy to get to the Vendée. La Roch sur Yon is 4 hours’ drive from Cherbourg and 5-6 hours from Calais.