Camping in Vendée
Visit France’s beautiful Vendée region for a quintessentially French camping holiday in an idyllic spot. Situated on the west coast near the Loire Valley, south of Nantes and north of La Rochelle, the sparkling, sun-soaked “Côte de Lumière” boasts kilometres of Blue Flag sandy beaches. What could be better? Well, they are right on the doorstep of Siblu holiday parks Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson.
Beaches & The Great Outdoors
The Vendée region is made for family days out at the seaside. Campsites Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson are in the delightful town of St Jean de Monts, with its golden beaches calling out for games in the sand – it must be time to dig out that Frisbee! Then there are the water sports, be it swimming, wind surfing, land yachts or dinghies. Not to mention cycle paths and even nearby golf courses. Yet more glorious beaches are to be found at Les Sables d’Olonne, and its marina is a great spot to watch the yachts go by. Whereas the Atlantic swell will be an irresistible lure to surf enthusiasts at La Tanchet…
Things To Do & Special Events
A day-trip to Ile de Noirmoutier feels like a holiday-in-miniature! Adventure along the Passage du Gois causeway (careful: at low tide only…), then kick off your sandals, sit back and … relax on the beaches at Bois de la Chaise. Thrill-seekers of all ages will also love Oceanile, the island’s fun-packed water park. Back on the ‘mainland’, more adventures can be had at Explora Parc in Saint Hilaire de Riez. And a little inland, Marais Poitevin, known to locals as “green Venice”, is a mesmerising wetland of salt marshes and water meadows. Why not explore it by hiring a traditional flat-bottomed boat? Futuroscope, near Poitiers, is a top-rated leisure park depicting a world of the future. Conversely, brush up your history at theme park Puy du Fou: it has re-enactments, a Roman arena and Viking raids, as well as ‘Cinéscénie’, a spectacular summer night torch-lit pageant – not to be missed.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
Hire a canoe and paddle your way along La Route du Sel, Sallertaine’s ancient salt marshes. In Les Sables d’Olonne, the zoo and Museum du Coquillage, with its wonderful collection of seashells, are definitely worth a detour. And don’t forget to savour a glass of crisp, clean Muscadet (or try the less-familiar Gros Plant) and dine out on some local shellfish, all the while admiring the boats berthed in that splendid marina.
Places To Go
Don’t miss the delightful resort and fishing harbour of St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, famous for its fresh sardines (or buy some canned to take home). Children will also love bijou Maison du Pêcheur, a former fisherman’s cottage from the 1920s that’s now a museum. Apremont is a picturesque village with crumbling castle, panoramic views, vast lake and sandy beach. Alternatively, for a city hit, meander the streets of historic Nantes and visit the magical Les Machines de l’île.
Camping in Vendée France: it’s a holiday of discoveries…