Top 10 activities to do in Vendée

Are you choosing the Vendée for your next vacation and are you looking for ideas for outings? Water sports, relaxation and well-being, leisure parks, museum visits, places to go out…we have listed the 10 best activities to entertain you during your stays. All these activities will fill your stay with beautiful memories.


Camping in the Vendée


If you love the sea and the waves, why not go camping in Vendée? It is a very sunny region, attractive and characterized by its very varied relief. That’s not all, the mountains, plateaus and plains meet all the conditions for camping all year round. Its many assets have not finished seducing holidaymakers. It is for this reason that the Vendée is a favorite destination for campers. If you want to camp by the sea, the Bellevue campsite, located near the Belle-Henriette beach, in La Tranche sur Mer will welcome you.


Visit the two magnificent Vendée islands


The Vendée has two paradise islands including Yeu and Noirmoutier. The first is located 17 kilometers off the Vendée coast. The island of Yeu is an atypical, wild and rocky island. It has very diverse landscapes. During the visit of this island, you will observe the cliffs, the beautiful beaches, the sand dunes as well as the small creeks. As for the island of Noirmoutier, it is connected to the mainland by a submersible causeway, called the Passage du Gois. This small island also bears the name of the island of mimosas, because the mildness of its climate favors the growth of mimosas which bloom in winter.


Carry out cycling and walking tours


Horseback riding or cycling are on the list of essential activities to discover the Vendée. Many circuits are proposed and you are entirely free to make your choice, according to your needs and your level. Each circuit will guarantee you a pure moment of relaxation in the heart of nature. It is during this activity that you will discover the Vendée bocage, the geological gateway to the Armorican Massif, the green valleys, the rolling landscapes and the unique beauty of the surrounding hills. If you want to try horseback riding, you will be accompanied by a monitor.


Discover the Vendée Corniche


The Vendée Corniche offers a unique view of the rocks and cliffs. It extends over three kilometers and its nature gives you a unique spectacle and not to be missed. On the three kilometers, you can hike or cycle alone, with friends or family. There is nothing to fear, because a course is already laid out along the edge of the sea.


Take a tour of Aiguillon Bay


Aiguillon Bay is a place very rich in fauna and flora. It offers you a breathtaking view of the landscape. If you want to admire the migratory fauna of the Vendée, the Pointe d’Arçay observatory will guarantee you a unique show. It is a sandy spit, at the mouth of the Lay. In winter, Pointe d’Arçay is the favorite resort of many Anatidae. In late summer, the Caspian Tern regularly stops here. In summer as in winter, this natural space offers you an extraordinary aerial spectacle.


Visit the city of Luzon


Luçon is a charming ecclesiastical town and its visit is essential during your stay in Vendée. It is located in the southern part of the Vendée department and is only 20 minutes from the beaches. For lovers of bucolic walks, they will find what they are looking for when visiting the Dumaine garden which is nestled in the heart of the city. After your visit, you will easily understand why men in Picton times chose this place. A visit to Luçon Cathedral is also a must. It is one of the most important monument of the city. Note that several cathedrals have existed in the city of Luçon over the past 900 years. The visit is an opportunity to discover and appreciate the different styles of architecture.


Taste the local gastronomy


Like the other things in the Vendée, the local gastronomy can only satisfy you. Recognized throughout the world, it is a know-how resulting from ancestral cuisine that is transmitted from generation to generation. You can taste the cheese cake, the Vendée ham, the Vendée waste, the Trouspinette or the Noirmoutier potatoes. All these dishes can only satisfy your taste buds.


Take a boat trip


Boat rental is an essential step during your visit to the Vendée coast. Many excursions are to be done by boat, citing only the walk to Les Sables d’Olonne or the Poitevin marshes. You can also take a boat trip to the Charente islands at La Faute-sur-Mer. This is the perfect time to swim, have fun with your friends or family members or even go paddleboarding.


Discover the beautiful sandy beaches


The Vendée is known for its magnificent fine sandy beaches. To admire the natural beaches, start the visit with the sands of Olonne, the Château d’Olonne and Olonne sur Mer. The two major seaside resorts of the Vendée, Aiguillon sur Mer and La Faute sur Mer will also welcome you during your visit. If you are looking for a more urban atmosphere, go to the Plage des Demoiselles in St Hilaire de Riez. These places assure you a mountain of pleasure, relaxation, walks, idleness, sport and sharing with your loved ones.


Take advantage of a generous nature


If you like to relax in the heart of nature, take advantage of the beauty of the Marais Poitevin. It is a space between land and sea which is divided into three zones including the littoral zone, the dry marsh and the wet marsh, also called Green Venice. To appreciate it, you can sail along the rivers, fish or go hiking. Whatever your choice, peace and relaxation will be guaranteed.

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