What to see and do from Le Bois Dormant
- St Jean de Monts (2 miles / 3km)
- St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (8 miles / 12km)
- Ile de Noirmoutier (22 miles/ 35km)
- Les Sables d’Olonne (26 miles /41km )
- Ile d’Yeu (30 miles /48km)
Activites and places not to miss
Celebrate everything Celtic at this huge festival. Every August the town of Lorient welcomes over 700,000 visitors from around Europe, from Galicia to Scotland, to celebrate the cultural traditions of Celtic nations. It’s a treat for your eyes and ears, as performers get dressed up and provide full days and evenings of entertainment in the form of concerts, parades and dances.
Île de Noirmoutier
This island is a seaside paradise for lovers of nature. What’s different about Noirmoutier is its microclimate, and salt water-wetlands that cover over a third of the island. There are over 25 miles / 40km of beach here, so watersports activities like sailing, diviing, paddle surfing, land sailing and kite surfing definitely don’t fall short here. For some local French flavours, you definitely need to try the oysters, shellfish, natural salt, turbot and its world-famous delicacy, “bonnotte” potatoes,
Salt Flats at Guérande
Guérande is a charming medieval village, with magnificently preserved walled remparts situated at the end of the peninsula. What you might not know is that it is renowned for its fleur de sel – a high quality salt naturally found in square marshes, and which is carefully gathered using traditional methods. Guérande’s salt marshes represent a great part of this region’s heritage, so find out more about how salt workers extract this magic fleur de sel with a guided tour. Another exceptional way to experience these salt marshes is to see it at sunset on a guided walk, where you can also discover more about the local birds and plant life.
Nantes is located on the Loire river, and provides its visitors with plenty of activities that will please young children and culture vultures. The Jardin des Plantes, for example, will entertain kids as there’s a beautiful botanical garden decorated with whimsical animal topiaries and sculptures. Nantes is also home to the striking Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, which was the Breton residence of the French monarchy. This imposing castle - somber, rough, elegant and flamboyant all at the same time, can be uncovered with a guided tour, and to learn more about the political and maritime history of Nantes, there’s the Historical Museum of Nantes just onsite.
St Gilles is famously known for its sardines. Here you can take a visit at La Perle des Dieux and buy fresh sardines fished off the boat. Have a look at the vintage sardines, which are considered to be almost like fine wine! To occupy your kids, the town has the Maison du Pecheur, which used to be fisherman’s cottage in the 1920s and is now a little museum exhibiting ancient furniture and clothes from the period.
Les Sables d’Olonne
One of the most beautiful seaside beaches can be found here, which offers beautiful views of blue green waters, fine white sand, fragranced with salty sea air and grilled seafood at the overlooking restaurants. At dusk, sit on the beach and take in the even more breathtaking colourful night sky.
The island of Yeu is an active fishing port, and is brimming with miles / kilometres of diverse landscapes – dunes are held up by coniferous woods, wild rocky coastlines stagger this land, marshes and bocages are here as well as houses with colourful shutters. Go and discover the lighthouses, beacons, harbours, and the tiny streets and quays in Port Joinville, and learn of the legends and stories of the harbor at old pot fishing village of Le Meule.
Puy du Fou
Le Puy is a historical theme park in Les Epesses that will truly transport kids and adults into the stories it has recreated. The park is divided into separate attractions, providing live-action shows that re-enact several periods and ages in history. In the Medieval City, live through the Circus Games in the amphitheatre, or shiver at the sight of Viking warriors as they launch their attack on Fort de l’An Mil! The nighttime shows featuring armies of actors, costumes, fireworks, waterworks and image projections set against the chateau and lake are always spectacular, sure-fire hits.