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Getting about in the Vendée
Getting to the Vendee
The following guides will help you in your journey around the Vendée, whether it be by car, bicycle, walking or Public Transport. To make the most of the Vendee's natural landscape the best way is to walk or cycle, but this is not always an option, either because of mobility problems or time constraints. Even when your intention is to walk or cycle it may be necessary to get closer to your intended area before embarking on your promenade, therefore picking a route that takes in other interesting spots can help in your enjoyment.

If you want to get the most of your visit to the Vendée, there is no better way than by cycling. One can discover the hidden treasures that only a leisurely pace will reveal. Within the Vendée a vast network of cycle tracks can be found, these have been designed for riding in complete safety while taking in the natural attractions that the Vendée has to offer. There are 765 kilometres of track at present in use, with that total set to rise to over 1000 kilometres by 2010. When this is accomplished one will be able to take a complete cycle tour of the Vendée. On the tracks everything has been put in place for maximum safety including designated cycle lanes and all of the necessary signposts. One will also find excellent picnic areas along the route ideal for relaxing and refreshing oneself.
"Les Sentiers Cyclables de la Vendée " has been published by the Department, these are 23 routes of various...Read More


The French are passionate about walking and nowhere is that more unambiguous than in the Vendée, where “Rondos” or organised walks are a regular feature. Within the Vendée there are thousands of miles of marked walks, in fact virtually every commune will have several of them with clearly marked posts, usually painted with coloured arrows to indicate the route. The details of these routes are published in small brochures which are available from the Maire or local tourist office. The brochures contain a small map, the colour of the route, its distance, the approximate time it takes to walk the route and things of interest along the way. There are excellent walks along the whole of the Vendée coast, these are well marked and take one off the beaten track where one can see and experience sights which only walking affords. One can experience the tranquillity and scents of the forest, or stroll along the toll paths of the canals on the Marais Poitevin, which were formerly used by horses to pull the barges along. There is no better way to see anywhere than by foot, and the Vendée is no exception...Read More


It may not be eco-friendly and it may not be everyone’s idea of the way to spend their holidays in the Vendée, but for some it is the only way they can see the sites and for others it is a necessity to enable them to get closer to their intended region to walk, cycle or simply take in an attraction or two. For those with mobility difficulties in order to experience the many aspects of the Vendéen landscape driving or being driven may be their only option. With virtually no bus tours the Vendée is very much a drive yourself zone. We are putting together some guides that will take you on quiet journeys around almost deserted lanes, yet taking in some of the Vendée’s best attractions, pointing out places to stop and places of interest along the way... Coming soon

There are many places in the
Vendée that are best seen from the water, in particular the 3 areas of marshland where flat bottomed boats, with or without a guide, or canoes and kayaks can take you into another world, where nature is at its purest.
Ferries to the Ile d'Yeu are an enjoyable way to...
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Public Transport.

To be truthful there is very little public transport in the
Vendée, and the public transport that does exist is mainly aimed at working people. There are bus services run by Sovetours between some of the towns but they are infrequent and within the larger towns there are some regular bus services. Day trip coach tours are almost unheard of in the Vendée, but if you do see coach tours these are generally from outside of the region or have been organised locally for trips to the Puy-du-Fou or the Marais Poitevin. The one exception is on the Ile d'Yeu where several bus operators hustle for your custom as you step off the ferry.

Trains It is possible to make journeys by train within the Vendée, but there are only 5 Railway Stations, and services are infrequent. The stations are at Challan, St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Les Sables d'Olonne, Luçon and La Roche-sur-Yon.

Flying:  There is only one airport inside of the Vendée where schedule flights can be taken this means that flying to internally in the Vendée is not an option, however you can take sight seeing flights to discover the Vendée from the Air

So in conclusion getting about in the
Vendée is mainly walking within small areas, cycling for medium distances (except for the dedicated) and for any serious distances and for those with mobility or time restrictions then the car is the only realistic option. It is sad that in these times of global warming and the awareness of the need to restrict our carbon emissions, that more public transport is not available.

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