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About the Vendee

Extending out to the nearby La Rochelle and Il de Ré

With an array of attractions to tempt all ages, the Vendée makes an ideal family holiday destination. For many years relatively little known outside of France, the charms of the Vendée are now being discovered by visitors from further afield.

From its 140km of beaches to the tranquillity of the rolling countryside and forests, from the natural beauty of the marais wetlands to the breathtaking spectacle of the shows at Le Grand Parc de Puy du Fou, the Vendée can amuse, relax, stimulate and enchant in equal measure.

Things to Do and See

Food in the Vendee

Although the region has many attractions, the beaches of the Vendée are the  primary source of its fame and the reason why the coast has long been a popular destination with French families. Mainly sandy and only gently sloping, the beaches are a particular hit with children of all ages. The beaches and sea are kept scrupulously clean and many stretches are patrolled by lifeguards during the summer.

The South of the Vendée benefits from the same microclimate as the Northern part of the Charente Maritime, giving the region a level of summer sunshine bettered in France only by the Côte d’Azur. The sandy beaches of this part of the Vendée are considered amongst the best in Europe and are far less crowded than those in the north Vendée.

A cooling contrast to the coast, the peaceful forests and countryside of the Vendée provide ideal venues for picnics and leisurely rambles, more serious walks and cycling

The Vendée and the surrounding region offer a wide selection of activities and places to visit. From the magnificent Puy du Fou (voed best theme park in the world in 2013) to challenging adventure parks. There are zoos and aquariums for the lover of the natural world; uncrowded acres of forests, lakes and national parks provide tranquility and space to breathe. The beautiful renaissance towns, nearby chateaux and abbeys stand as witness to the vibrant history of the area. Those of a more energetic nature will find miles of cycle paths and well-marked walks as well as  golf clubs, horse riding and local tennis courts. The Vendée really does offer something for all the family.

The Vendée can be justly proud of a culinary heritage that extends from the coast to its rolling pastures.  With its long coastline, it is no surprise that seafood features strongly in the cooking of the Vendée; but poultry, game, meat, cheese and patisserie also merit their high profile in Vendeen cuisine.  Click here to find out more.

Food in the Vendee

Wine and Beer in the Vendee

Wine has been produced in the southern Vendée since Roman times and the local appellation controlée "Fiefs Vendéen" goes from strength to strength. Troussepiette is a Vendéen apéritif made from hedgerow fruits, wine, grape spirit & sugar, while kamok is a coffee liqueur made in the Vendée at Luçon for almost 200 years. Finally, although by no means traditional brewing country, the Vendée is home to a number of microbreweries that are producing some outstanding (and powerful) beers.

Beaches in the South Vendee

The Vendée is famous throughout France for the quality of its fine, sandy beaches.  These run to 140km along the coast and receive upto 2500 hours of sunshine a year. The sea is warm, shallow and very clean, particularly good for children. Some have lifeguard cover during the summer months, and many of the beaches closest to our gites in the south of the département (L'Aiguillon / La Faute, La Tranche and Longeville) regularly receive European Blue Flag accreditation for general cleanliness and water quality.

Wind surfing and body boarding are very popular on the beaches of the Vendée during the summer season, whilst in spring and autumn, board surfers are well served. The best area for surfing is reckoned to lie between the beaches of La Tranche and Longeville. There are plenty of surf shops and surf schools in the area.

Beaches in the Vendee

Things to do

Restaurants in the Vendee

The Vendée is host to a fine selection of restaurants ranging from Michelin starred establishments to more humble offerings.  Choosing a selection of favourites is no easy task, though it is a pleasant challenge to undertake.   Click here to find our selection of the the best restaurants in the local area.

Restaurants in the Vendee Wines of the Vendee