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  • Discover the Vendée region of France

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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

  • Reasons to visit The Vendée

    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.