This magnificent coastline (beaches and wild coast) offers sumptuous landscapes on the Atlantic coast.
Indeed, thanks to the absence of unevenness, the sky which merges with the sea, whatever the weather, gives a sumptuous spectacle.
The Vendée is also known as the “Côte de Lumière” (Coast of Light) thanks to its sunshine which is as intense as that of the Mediterranean regions.
It is the destination par excellence for families, easy to reach, combining the joys of the sea with the diversity of the centres of interest for young and old.
Prehistoric enthusiasts can visit Neolithic sites such as the menhir of Caesar’s camp at Avrillé, the Cous complex at Bazoges-en-Pareds and the Frébouchère dolmen at Le Bernard. The Vendée, which corresponds to the territory of the former Bas Poitou, is also dotted with monuments built in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance: Marais abbey in Maillezais, Grammont priory in Saint-Prouant, Tour Mélusine in Vouvant, Talmont castle, Apremont castle, Luçon cathedral… Discovering the Vendée also means getting lost in the narrow streets of its towns of character, which have a very beautiful heritage: Mallièvre, Apremont, Pouzauges, Faymoreau, Nieul-sur-l’Autise, Foussais-Payré, Mouchamps…
Want to immerse yourself in the culture of the Vendée? Make a note in your diary of the most important sporting and cultural events in the Vendée:
From Noirmoutier to the Marais Poitevin, from the 240 km of coastline to the Vendée countryside, the 85 has some superb contrasting landscapes. It is particularly attractive to holidaymakers who are looking for a change of scenery and contact with nature during their stay by the sea.
It is difficult to choose which of the Vendée’s beaches deserve a special mention. The Grande Plage in Les Sables-d’Olonne, which is very popular with families, is a must. It is very well equipped with a water sports centre, sanitary facilities, a beach volleyball court, restaurants, car parks, mattress hire and access for people with reduced mobility. The Demoiselles beach in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is attractive because of its dunes and its proximity to the town centre. If you prefer beaches that are a little wilder, head for the Veillon beach in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, with its swimming area and the area reserved for water sports. Other beautiful sandy beaches can be found in resorts such as Jard-sur-Mer (Plage de la Mine), Saint-Gilles-Croix de Vie (Plage du Jaunay), La Barre-de-Mont (Plage de la Bergère) and La Tranche-sur-Mer (Plage de la Terrière, plage de la Belle Henriette). If you like the peace and quiet of the coves nestling between the cliffs, head for the Ile d’Yeu (Plage de la Belle Maison, Plage des Sioux) or Noirmoutier (Plage de l’Anse Rouge). If you are looking for a seaside campsite for your holidays in the Vendée, don’t hesitate to browse our site to discover our ideal location!
Enfilez vos chaussures de marche et sillonnez les sentiers de randonnée balisés à la découverte des plus beaux paysages de la Vendée :
Put on your walking shoes and follow the marked hiking trails to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Vendée:
Want more? In the Vendée, you will find more than 100 signposted circuits ranging from 3 km to more than 2,500 km to cover!
The Vendée region offers a variety of water sports activities, visits to numerous tourist sites and walking and cycling routes through the state-owned forests and pretty villages along the Pays de la Loire coast.
Indeed, the Côte de Lumière is a perfect playground for water sports enthusiasts in high and low season: surfing, stand up paddle, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, sand yachting, boat trips, sea fishing… The main seaside resorts have water sports bases near the beaches that offer these activities.
Aerobatics, horse riding, microlighting, parachuting and even hot air ballooning; you will have plenty to keep you busy. Do not hesitate to consult this site to organize your holidays in Vendée: www.vendee-tourisme.com
The Puy du Fou, an internationally renowned amusement park, offers grandiose historical reconstructions. These shows, some of which take place at night, are breathtaking!