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has been a favourite destination for holiday makers since the early
1800's, originally it was a destination principally for the French now
people from literally all over the world visit it. The huge Atlantic
coastline is virtually all beaches, and what spectacular beaches it
supports most of which have fine sand sloping gently to the sea. The
"Côte de Lumière", as the Vendéen coast is named, has one of the
sunniest climates in France, and this together with its beaches, have
made it a vacationers paradise. The glorious beaches and weather may
have been what started people visiting the Vendée as a tourist
destination, but today the widely divergent aspects of the Vendéen
countryside, its history and culture are as big an attraction.
The Landscape of the Vendée is an interaction between nature’s
exuberance and man. From on top of the highest point in the Vendée
looking down, one has the sense that the whole area is a forest, for
much of the land is covered by the 'bocage,' small fields with high
hedges and narrow winding lanes, In fact the only large forested area is
the Mervent-Vouvant Forest in the South East of the Vendée. The bocage
itself is divided into the Haut and the Bas Bocage, or Higher and Lower
The coastal region comprises typically of long sandy beaches,
although there is an area of low cliffs and rocky outcrops from south of
Les Sables d'Olonne to le Rocher near Longville. The beaches are often
backed by sand dunes upon which have been planted pine trees to
stabilise the shifting sands. Behind the sand dunes are the three areas
of marais (marshes). In the north is the Marais Breton, in the centre
the Marais Olonne and in the south, the largest of the three wetlands,
the Marais Poitevin which spills over into the neighbouring departments
of Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime. It contains over 24,000 kilometres
of ditches and canals plus 600 kilometres of larger canals and rivers,
it is the second largest marshland in France, and in all it covers .05%
of the land mass of France.
The Vendée does not possess any real cities and even the towns are not
that large, but it does have charming and picturesque small towns and
villages where the quiet life of the rural inhabitants moves at a
leisurely pace. The people have their roots in a history of struggle and
conflict and even the name Vendéen is quoted by Carl Marx to mean
counter revolutionary. Throughout the Vendée there are reminders of life
through the ages from Neolithic times, to the medieval and renaissance
periods, and everywhere are the remains of the Vendéens’ fight to tame
The Vendée and its people warmly welcomes its visitors and every
effort will be made to see that your visit is as enjoyable as it can
possibly be, and that all the facilities you need will be available to
you. We hope this Vendée tourist guide will help you find answers
to any questions you may have, we hope it will enlighten you on aspects
of the region you may not of known and be a guide on your journey around
this fascinating corner of France. Mostly we hope that this guide will
help you to have a fantastic holiday.
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guide to 100 of the best tourist attractions in the Vendeé. Includes;
theme parks, museums, Châteaux, Zoos, Gardens and more.
The Vendees World Class Attraction The Puy du Fou
rides but this theme park will enthral, From Vikings to Gladiators,
Worlds finest Falconry, to Villages through the ages, something for all
Open April to September
Unique, Spectacular, Magical, imagenative, everything is on a grand scale.
Open; Fri & Sat Nights June - September.
The Vendee is well known for it's fine sandy beaches offering everything from great surf to a bucket and spade paradise!
coves with rock pools to the long almost deserted expanses there is a
beach for everyone.With over140 kilometers of beaches and 2400 hours of
sunshine it makes the Vendee an ideal Holiday destination.
is synonymous with great holidays, whether it's trying the local
delicacies, savouring the region's cuisine or simply just letting
someone else do the work.
come in all varieties from the elegant to the fast food outlets, from
international cuisine to local and regional speciality restaurants.
We have reviews on many of them by our own critic Tate and others.
The VENDEE GUIDE is the fastest growing guide to the Vendee on the
It includes: Tourist information, Photos,
Videos and Maps, together with descriptions of Attractions,
Restaurants, Activities, Entertainment and a What's on, month by month Guide.
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For some a
holiday is all about relaxing, taking it easy, while for many holiday
activities are essental. These activities can be as diverse as sports
and extreme pursuits to painting, birdwatching & wine tasting.
as a major holiday destination has virtually every activity covered,
whether you want to participate or indeed want lessons to learn a new
pursuit. This is particularly true for the beach and watersports.
Walking and Cycling are well catered for with over 1000 kms of cycle tracks and path well marked and maintained for walkers.
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Over 100 photo galleries
Literally 1000's images.
See the Vendée in colour
Small collection of Videos and links to other great videos.
information on over 100 towns and villages in the Vendée, including
their history, attractions activities, restaurants, photos and where
appropriate links to other information sources.