Vendée

Camping in Vendée

Vendée Camping

Vendée is situated on the West coast of France and is a popular choice for holidaymakers with over 90 miles of sandy beaches. Indeed, the beaches are so good that you’ll be hard pushed to find a bad one on this stretch of coast. The most fashionable resort on the coast, Les Sables d’Olonne was popularised in the 19th century by aristocrats who travelled there for the thermal baths and casino. Today it’s popular with the yachting crowd and is still a buzzing place to visit.

Away from the coast you’ll find the northern marshlands of the Marais Breton where you can visit the restored village of Sallertaine and see traditional craftspeople at work. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore the marshes and rivers on kayaks, and to sample the local oysters and wine afterwards (or croquet monsieurs and ice cream for the kids!).

Things to do while you’re camping in Vendée

There are some beautiful islands to explore off the coast. You can cross a bridge to reach the island of Noirmoutier, or cross the causeway during low tide. Famed for its oysters, potatoes and salt the island also has beautiful dune backed beaches that will keep kids happy for hours. Or you can take a day trip on a boat to the tiny island of Île d’Yeu, where you can hire a bike to explore. The island is famous for its prehistoric menhirs and dolmens. The best beach is Plage de Vieilles.

You’ll be sure to get your children hooked on history with a visit to Puy du Fou at Les Epesses. Watch dramatic historical performances where Roman charioteers race round the stadium, English and French knights fight over a medieval fortress and birds of prey show off their acrobatic prowess. In between performances you can wander the forests and gardens and explore the reconstructed historic villages. Or visit Paléosite at Saint-Césaire – a visitor centre devoted to our extinct cousin the Neanderthal. Kids will enjoy the interactive areas, where they can test their spear throwing skills, challenge a Neanderthal man to an arm wrestle or even see what they would have looked like as a Neanderthal. There’s also a recreated village and fossils and relics that were unearthed at this site.

The region is a popular location for treetop adventures and one of the best is the Abbaye De Fontdouce. Set within the grounds of a 12th century Benedictine Abbey youngsters can traverse high ropes and zoom down zip wires, while the grown-ups tour the religious complex (or join in the agility course!).

Getting there

Brittany Ferries offer frequent crossings from Portsmouth to Caen and you can then drive down to Vendée. Or you can fly to Nantes or La Rochelle with airlines such as EasyJet, Ryanair or British Airways.

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