France’s Atlantic coast has everything that beach and water sport lovers could ever want. The Atlantic breakers crash onto mile after mile of golden beaches, which combined with the wonderful climate make Vendée an ideal destination for lovers of the great outdoors. It isn’t all about the beaches though: the region also features a host of lively resorts, excellent shopping centres, attractions such as the Futuroscope Theme Park and of course, a world-famous cuisine. Don’t go home without sampling the Moules Frites.
Camping Holidays in Vendee
For a lazy beach holiday or an active water-sports one you really can’t choose better than the campsites in Vendee. They tend to be smaller (but by no means always) and are often family run and have very high standards. You can get an idea what they’re like by clicking the campsite reviews below;
Good things come in small packages and Camping Bel holiday park is no exception to that rule. A genuine feel good atmosphere, great facilities and close to the beach allows for a great family holiday.
A small but well formed holiday park with something for everybody, all within easy reach. Explore the local beautiful countryside or simply relax onsite in a tranquil family atmosphere.
An holiday park with a stunning backdrop you can’t help but fall in love with, this campsite is all about the scenery. With 3 local markets nearby and a great pool complex onsite the whole family will have something to do.
La Yole holiday park is ideal for young families due to its close proximity to the beach and travel links. Onsite you’ll find a great selection of accommodation and top notch facilities including a great pool complex.
An holiday park nestled amongst the traditional Vendee towns and majestic cycling routes. Onsite you’ll find a large pool complex and with beach just a short distance away you really are spoilt for choice.
Sol A Gogo is a lively holiday with a feel good atmosphere running through its core, with a great pool complex and excellent onsite facilities plus a nearby beach you’ve got all the ingredients for a great family holiday in Vendee.
Getting to Vendee
Nantes is just 2 hours by TGV from Paris so add on to that your Eurostar time and you’ve a very quick way of getting to this lovely part of France. Passing through Les Mans and Angers. Trains run regularly throughout the day. There are also direct connections from Nantes to Charles de Gaulle airport and to Lille. Regular SNCF services also run but of course take longer
Car journeys are a dream really, especially if you can get the ferry to St Malo from Portsmouth but Calais and the other channel ports are all within easy travelling distances.
You can fly into the region at Nantes or La Rochelle with flights from London City, Nottingham, East Midlands, Dublin and Shannon.
Family Holidays in Vendee
Just south of Brittany lies the pretty region of Vendee and it’s close location to the channel ports makes it a real favourite for people with young families.
Vendee is not a name known by many of us Brits but it is a fantastic destination for family holidays especially if you love beaches and green rolling countryside. It’s situated in the north west of France, close to the Loire Valley and has miles and miles of golden sandy beaches and clean, clear blue seas. If you’re looking for water sports and sun worshiping then this is the place to be. The area around St Jean-de-Monts is particularly good for beaches. They’re probably some of the best in France and the water sports will keep even the best of thrill seekers occupied. On top of lovely sandy beaches the area has bustling seaside resort with all the fun and entertainment you’d expect.
At the same time the region is unspoiled and a perfect destination for those who just want to go exploring. Miles and miles of walking trails, woodland walks and bridal paths lie in wait for those who enjoy a good country walk. If that’s not enough there are also some fantastic resorts such as Les Sables d’Olonne; a developed marina full of yachting types, stacks of history in the local fort and marshlands full of wildlife – all in one place make holidaying so interesting.
The Vendée area is also famous for its food and wine and has many vineyards producing wines you’ll recognise such as Muscadet and many great wines you won’t know and part of the fun is tracking them down and discovering your own secret gems. The area produces some of the finest mussels in the world and whilst there you really must try Moules et Frites which is one of Frances national dishes.
Things to do in Vendee
This is a traditional water theme park with different flumes and swimming pools as well as rapids. It gets very busy here but mornings and lunchtimes tend to be quieter. You can take a picnic and make a whole day of it. This is a paradise for children and especially the slightly older ones. Nevertheless younger children will enjoy it as there are some features just for infants.
L’isle aux Papilons
Translated, this means the Island of Butterflies and a trip here will absolutely delight the children. You get to stroll amongst hundreds of butterflies from the all corners of the world, all flying freely among tropical plants and flowers. This is France’s largest butterfly house and the collection of species is impressive. Is located on the Ile de Noirmoutier and may be a bit of a drive but it really is worth the effort.
Nantes is an architect’s dream as well as nightmare at the same time. With some spectacular high rise blocks and stunning art nouveau squares it really is worth a visit. With history in the castle, modern arts in Lieu Unique, its botanical gardens and of course restaurants by the bucket load Nantes is somewhere for everyone.
Ile de Noirmoutier
The main Vendee coastline, separated from the mainland by a causeway that is flooded at high tide or by a spectacular bridge this island is, amongst other things home to a salt industry that’s worth seeing. The island is a wealth of seaside experiences all with the extra edge of being on an island. If you cross the causeway don’t forget to check out the tides.
Written by Dave Jonhson of Family Camping Reviews
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