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In the far south of the Vendée, with one of its finest beaches, is La Faute-sur-Mer. This seaside town which lies across the river Lay from l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer has some good restaurants and one of the largest mussel farms in France.
La Faute-sur-Mer is on a sandy peninsular which was once an island,
having the Atlantic Ocean to the West and the River Lay to the East the
peninsular ends at the spectacular Point d'Arcay in the Anse de
The dunes behind the beach have been protected from erosion by the the
19th century planting of pine and evergreen oak trees. These forests now
offer some great walks, and a fitness circuit for those who wish to
keep in shape. The southern end of the Point d'Arcay is a protected
nature reserve and annually thousands of migrating birds use it as a
stop-over on their way South.
The 10kms of beaches at La Faute-sur-mer
are some of the finest in the Vendée and 4 of them have lifeguard
stations during the summer season. There is an official nudist beach at
the Point d’Arcay although there is no surveillance by life guards.
With good shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and even a Casino, holiday
makers are well catered for. There is a colourful market on Sunday
To the North of the town is the nature reserve of Belle Henryette, this
marshland behind the dunes was once the sea and as such was what used to
make La Faute an island. Today it is home to many rare species of flora
and fauna and is a migratory stop over for birds. An Irishman was
shipwrecked, and it was this that gave birth to the legend that as he
survived by hunting and fishing, and when using one of his fishing
techniques which was to stretch netting between poles driven into the
estuary mud. When doing this he noticed that mussels quickly attached
themselves to the poles and hence started the practice of mussel farming
on Bouchets, which is such an important industry for la Faute-sur-mer
The huge mussel farms just off the coast and in the Anse de l'Aiguillon
are, along with tourism, the town’s main industries, producing over 20%
of the total mussels farmed in France.
Market days: Thursdays and Sunday mornings, Place de la Mairie.
Camp Sites; Camping Les Flots Bleus, Ave Chardons, Tel. 02 51 27 11 11.
Camping du Grand R,
route Tranche-sr-mer. Tel. 02 51 56 42 87.
Place Dr. Pascaud. Tel.02 51 97 06 16.
Bleu. Chemin Ormeaux Tel. 02 51 27 15 01.
Camping la Pinede.
100 route d'Arcay. Tel 02 51 56 40 62.
Camping La Siesta,
237 route Tranche-sur-Mer. Tel 02 51 27 16 75.
Camping Les Tulipes.
Route Tranche-sur-Mer. Tel. 02 51 56 41 37.
Violettes. Route Tranche-sur-Mer. Tel 02 51 27 19 97.
La Petite Prise.
Route Tranche-sur-Mer. Tel 02 51 27 87 44.
Bike Hire; Locacycles, 3,Route la Tranche. Tel. 02 51 27 14 73.
Bien eric. 33 rue Jacques Moreau. L'Aiguillon-sur-mer. Tel. 02 5156 49 01.
Taxis; Taxis Cote de Lumiere. Rue des Marais. Tel. 02 51 27 13 33.
Restaurants; See page on Restaurants La Faute-sur-Mer
Photo Gallery for la Faute-sur-Mer
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