Imagine cycling through forest, marsh and dunes and along the beaches and rocks on the two hundred Kilometre coastline. With lots of bike paths plus another four thousand kilometres of footpaths there is lots to see (or you can just have a lazy afternoon on the beach!)
In the Vendee all paths have cosy picnic tables for the breaks along the way. Cycle along channels in Marais Poitevin and in the Bocage discover the rural life along arable fields and pastures. The Bocage is actually a patchwork landscape; the meadows are surrounded by high hedges and hedgerows which makes it great for horse riding.
Are you a water sports fan? In every resort in the Vendee you will find a sailing school or place to Surf and jet-ski on the beach. The famous seaside resort of Saint Jean de Monts has vast beaches which are ideal for small children, a long promenade, shopping, pier and extensive forests.
Average summer temperature: 24 degrees
Unique bocage, marshes, dunes, cliffs and sandy beaches
The eighteenth century uprising in the Vendee influenced traditions, monuments and national character.
'Prefou': warm, flat Farmers bread with garlic and especially oysters!
Troussepinette (wine) in all colours and flavours
The fragrance garden of Le Jardin des Olfacties is intended to make the many different plant species’ beautiful aromas literally stick to your nose. Smell, feel and taste this garden with around 3500 different plants and flowers.
In the Vendee you can’t avoid the necessary foraging through the pleasant markets. The best place is Saint Jean des Monts, where you find home-made jam, fish pasties, shellfish and fish, fruit, but also ‘fleur de sel’ and ‘samphire’.
The two kilometre long sandy beach and the beautiful port of Les Sables d'Olonne form a popular seaside resort. Are you fond of narrow and beautiful streets? Then you should definitely go.
Once every four years the sailors from Les Sables d'Olonne join the non-stop solo Vendée Globe tour. It really is a spectacle.