The best seaside resorts in Vendée
Thanks to its location on the Atlantic Ocean, the Vendée is an ideal family destination. The nature is beautiful and there are plenty of fun activities to do in the area. The Vendée is known for its fine and stretched out sandy beaches. The coastline offers endless cycling and walking routes and the area has everything for an unforgettable holiday in the nature. Moreover, the Vendée is rich in beautiful seaside resorts, we have listed the best for you.
#1. Les Sables d'Olonne
Oasis Les Jardins is located in thé seaside resort of the Vendée, namely Les Sables d'Olonne. This popular seaside resort is known for its stretched out and fine sandy beaches. This town lies at the Atlantic coast and consists mainly of beaches. Les Sables d'Olonne is pre-eminently the perfect place for a wonderful holiday on the French West Coast. In addition, the city has a beautiful zoo and you can go shopping as well. Water sports enthusiasts can also indulge themselves fully here. You can sail, swim, surf golf and kite surf here. This place is also known for the Vendée Globe, a mythical sailing race that takes place every 4 years.
Les Sables d'Olonne is a great destination all year round. Visit the marina Port Olona or stroll through the small and 18th century streets and admire the old fishermen's cottages and villas in different styles. A special attraction can be found between Les Halles and Rue de la Patrie, here you can admire the narrowest street in France. Rue de l'Enfer is less than 53 cm wide.
#2. Chateau d'olonne
Chateau d'Olonne is adjacent to Les Sables d'Olonne. Here you can enjoy nature excursions all year round. The surroundings are beautiful and lets you completely unwind. Visit, for example, the beach of Tachet where you can paddle, do water sports or just do nothing at all. Do you like cycling? Then you can make beautiful cycling routes and follow the Vélodyssée along the rocky coast of Le Château-d'Olonne. The Vélodyssée is a 1200km long cycle route along the ocean.
Besides the fact that you can make beautiful cycling trips here, you can also make fantastic walks in the area. There are beautiful hiking trails that take you along the flora and fauna of the area. In the summer you can also walk here with a guide to learn more about this charming place.
#3. Olonne sur mer
Just 10 minutes away from Les Sables d'Olonne is the characteristic town of Olonne-sur-Mer which is definitely worth a visit. In no time you are in the middle of beautiful and unspoilt nature. Here you can practice various activities such as surfing, canoeing in the swamp, swimming, horseback riding, golf and cycling. Discover the 40 km of cycling routes that take you along the forest, the marshland, the dunes and then the sea.
The sun-drenched coastline of Olonne sur Mer is rich with guarded beaches to enjoy the sea to the fullest. In addition, there are small coves between the rocks where you can easily go foot fishing. Bring a scoop net and your children will have a great time here. Do you prefer to dive into history? Then visit the Château de Pierre-Levée.
You visit the small town Fromentine which is an hour's drive from Oasis Les Jardins. Fromentine is a lovely seaside resort with a number of beautiful beaches. You can also take a ferry from the pier to the island of Ile d'Yeu. This island belongs to the Vendée and is definitely a must-see during your stay. The ferry trip takes only half an hour. It is also possible to fly to the island by helicopter.
Don't feel like flying or sailing? Then the special island Île de Noirmoutier offers the solution. Via Fromentine you can easily reach this island due to its connection to the mainland. You will find over 40 kilometers of beautiful beaches, but also forests, dunes and charming villages full of cozy white houses with colored shutters. Île de Noirmoutier has a wonderful climate and it is therefore a good place to stay on the beach.
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