The essentials to do in Vendée

Written by melanie@affinitiv.fr the 21 January 2022 in Uncategorized

On the west coast of France, the Vendée is a land bathed by the waves of the Atlantic. It is a tourist area combining immense and impressive landscapes and unique monuments that will delight travelers of all profiles. If you are wondering what you can do in Vendée, here is our answer.

 

Why visit the Vendée?

 

Vendée is a French department located in the Pays de La Loire region. In addition to its beautiful fine sandy beaches, it has a rich historical and cultural heritage. This is why the Vendée appears in the list of key destinations in the department. It guarantees happiness and joie de vivre to all its visitors. For your family vacation, this destination will allow you and your children to explore and immerse yourself in adventure and the discovery of tourist sites. You can also take advantage of the organized activities to make the most of your stay. Note that the Vendée is also a better destination for a romantic weekend.

 

Holidays with family or friends – the Vendée and its essentials

 

A discovery of the most beautiful beaches and seaside resorts of Vendée

For your camping holidays in Vendée, Le Bellevue campsite in La Tranche sur Mer offers you the beach nearby. With the fineness of the sand, the calm and the tonicity of the waves, you can swim and relax in complete serenity.

  • The seaside resort of La Tranche sur Mer

La Tranche sur Mer is the most famous seaside resort in Vendée. Located between Les Sables d’Olonne and La Rochelle, it is renowned for its vast fine sandy beaches and pine forests which extend over an area of ​​330 hectares. This forest is particularly appreciated for its hiking trails. For your next summer vacation, the Grière forest and the Longeville state forest in La Terrière are the ideal places to spend some good times sheltered from the sun. You can choose one of these places to organize a picnic break with the family. The beautiful beaches of La Tranche sur Mer will also appeal to many families. At low tide, children can swim and invest the kilometers of sand. If you are a fan of water sports, the Maupas pond will guarantee you a moment of letting go in complete safety.

  • Picnic break in Les Sable d’Olonne

Les Sables d’Olonne is the seaside town renowned for its large fine sandy beach and its strong port activity. Summer and winter, this resort is attractive all year round. Between trade, fishing and yachting, Les Sables d’Olonne remains an essential spot for practicing water sports and discovering the heritage of the Sands. Whatever your choice, you can relax at the beach, take a surf lesson or explore its neighborhoods.

  • The Rocher beach in Longeville sur Mer

Rocher Beach in Longeville sur Mer is a vast sandy beach, which will please those looking for a bit of calm. Uncrowded, this beach has a few picnic tables, ample free parking and a rest area for motorhomes. It offers a beautiful view to the south on the beaches of Conches. It is also a better place to appreciate the impressive dunes. The major advantage of this beach is that it has access for people with reduced mobility.

Visiting historical monuments to go back in time during your stay

Castles, castles, mills, abbeys, medieval fortresses, the Vendée is home to many monuments and symbolic places that bear witness to its history. If you want to know more about the history of the Vendée, you will be delighted with a visit to these sites and monuments. Here are a few :

  • The fortified castle of Saint Mesmin which is a medieval fortress from the 14th century. During the months of July and August, medieval activities for children and adults take place there, allowing you to make an unusual discovery of this place. For this year 2022, the animations revolve around the theme “Fantastic animals”.
  • The Royal Abbey of Saint-Michel-En-L’Herm is located on one of the limestone islands of the Gulf of Pictons. This monument suffered the Viking invasions and has experienced many destructions and reconstructions.
  • The fulling mill in the village of Gaumier bears witness to the hydraulic exploitation of the river. Today, he holds the only fulling mill in working order in all of France. The visit of this mill will make you discover the work of wool which is one of the local specificities.

Parks and gardens to clear your mind and relax with your family

The Vendée is not only known for its beautiful beaches, it is also full of many green spaces suitable for outdoor recreation and walking.

  • The Butterfly Island of Noirmoutier

It is not a garden, but rather a miniature tropical jungle that will immerse you in the heart of nature. As its name suggests, it is the largest butterfly greenhouse in France, which covers an area of ​​1,000m2. In this tropical greenhouse, more than a thousand exotic butterflies live freely and enjoy the forests of hibiscus, orchids, banana trees and ficus trees.

  • The garden of the wind at Notre-Dame-de-Monts in the heart of the city

If you are passing through Notre-Dame-de-Monts, treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the wind garden. It is an atypical and amazing garden that houses animated sculptures and art installations. This garden also has a tree house and a bubble machine. To satisfy the children, creative workshops are organized there. You will also find hammocks and deck chairs to rest after the ride.

  • Le Jardin des Rigonneries for a real change of scenery

The Rigonneries garden is located in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Just a stone’s throw from the beaches, this romantic and contemporary garden was created by a couple of botany enthusiasts. During the visit of this park, you will discover an ancient and modern rose garden and a wide variety of medicinal and aromatic plants.

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