Tourism in the Vendée
Book your camping stay in the Vendée and live exceptional moments in our department where nature and the sea harmonize perfectly. Tasty blend of terroir and the Atlantic Ocean, the Vendée department invites you to browse its beaches, forests, marshes and its famous grove.
Ideally located in western France (Pays de la Loire region), the department enjoys regular sunshine throughout the year and a mild climate that has earned it the nickname “Côte de Lumière” “. One of the favorite destinations of the French, the Vendée coast is for your family the opportunity to mix the joys of the sea while enjoying the various leisure activities between land and sea. Effectively wherever you are in Vendée, you will always be amazed by the wealth and heritage that this department can feast on you.
Discover the Coast of Light
It can be discovered on foot, by bike, on horseback, by train, by car, by boat or by boat. Located between land, ocean and marsh, the Vendée surprises by its myriad of landscapes and colors. From the island of Noirmoutier to the Marais Poitevin, the Vendée coast is dotted with beautiful sandy beaches such as the Demoiselles beach in Saint-Jean-de-Monts and the Veillon beach in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire. Without forgetting, of course, the major seaside resorts of the Côte de Lumière, such as Les Sables-d’Olonne, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and La Tranche-sur-Mer. Going to Vendée also means meeting history, like the unmissable Puy du Fou, churches and castles that make each village unique, an authentic terroir and a region great sailors from where the most difficult single-handed sailing race in the world is every year: the Vendée Globe.
The 85, a historical department
Go back in time with your family! Historical Department, the Vendée reveals to you in its heart its historical heritage from prehistory (Le Cairn) until the first world war (Georges Clemenceau) through the French Revolution and the Vendée War (The Cinéscénie du Puy du Fou) . Visit the family with these many places steeped in history for a great adventure. Near the campsite, just 600 meters away, the Cairn museum makes you live prehistory as if you were there.
Visit the museum’s website to find out more.
In another register and well known throughout the world, the history of the Vendée can be summed up with entertainment at the Puy du Fou Grand Park, voted best park in the world, unique place to entertain with family.
What to do in Vendée
With its 250 km of coastline and 140 km of beaches, the Vendée coast is a destination for water sports. The campsite Grand Métairie is located 4km from Longeville sur Mer between Les Sables d’Olonne and Jard sur Mer. Typically Vendean, the village of St Hilaire la Forêt enjoys quick access to the various beaches of the coast of light, at 10 minutes, where snow sports enthusiasts (beginners and amateurs) can enjoy quality spots. Not far from there, the nautical base of Saint-Jean-de-Monts proposes all the year outings and courses / rentals of kayak, catamaran, surf, kitesurf and stand up paddle. You can also get acquainted with windsurfing with Wave School in La Tranche-sur-Mer, and sand yachting with the nautical center of La Faute-sur-Mer on the beach of Les Chardons. Fishermen can go on board the L’Ami du Pêcheur in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie or the Embrun on the island of Yeu for a walk and a game of fishing at sea.
If you want to do sports and fun activities with your family, head for the leisure area of Lake Chassenon, the La Chaussonnière Leisure Center (La Guyonnnière), the Splash Game aqua park or the Aiguillon Warrior Game. -on sea.
Do you like hiking? Tie your hiking shoes well to take the more than 1,000 km of trails along the coast and cross the Marais Poitevin, the Breton Marsh, the grove, the plain and the forest. The GR 8 between La Barre-de-Monts and L’Île-d’Olonne is probably one of the most beautiful pedestrian circuits in Vendée.
Take advantage of your stay at the family campsite La Grand’Métairie to offer you an unforgettable ride on horseback with the equestrian center Attelage de la Vie in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and discover the joys of golf in Olonne-sur-Mer or Talmont. Do you like intense sensations ? Ride down a railroad track in Commequiers (Vélo-Rail), laugh in the Adventurers’ Park, go from tree to tree at the tree climbing park Explora Parc in Saint-Jean-de-Monts, throw yourself in the toboggans aquatic XXL of O’Gliss Park near La Tranche and close your stay in Vendée by the lighthouse attraction of the department: the park of Puy du Fou and its famous ball of ghost birds.
What to visit in Vendée
The department has several magnificent castles such as the castle of Talmont (the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart), the castle of Sigournais, the castle of the Strike, the castle Flocellière and the medieval fortress of Pouzauges. If religious heritage attracts you, consider including the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption cathedral of Luçon, the abbey of Aliénor (Nieul-sur-l’Autise), the abbey Saint-Philibert de Noirmoutier, the Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Chaume church (Sables-d’Olonne), the Maillezais abbey and the priory of Grammont (Saint-Prouan) in your program of visits. La Roche-sur-Yon, prefecture of the Vendée, shelters some beautiful churches (Sacred Heart, Saint-Louis).
After crossing the medieval era until the Renaissance, make a new leap in history in the prehistoric center of Cairn in Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt, close to the campsite. Do you prefer to go astray in large alleys? Cross the doors of the Vendée Automobile Museum (Talmont), the Shell Museum (Sables-d’Olonne) and the fabulous Vendée aquarium. The 7th Continent (Talmont). The mini-farm campsite La Grand’Métairie delighted your children? Take them to another educational farm, the Maison de l’Ane in Beauvoir-sur-Mer.
If you enjoy admiring and wandering in protected natural spaces, take the time to visit the Aiguillon Bay National Nature Reserve, the Sevastopol Polder Regional Nature Reserve and the Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park.
A few kilometers you will also find the town of Les Sables d’Olonne, seaside resort offering one of the largest beaches in western France and hosting a fishing port, marina and trade.