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Regions of the Vendée
geographic areas of the Vendée are listed below along with a short
description of each. For more in depth information simply follow the
appropriate link to any of the pages relating to a specific region.
The Vendée is divided into four distinct regions, these are The Coastal Region, The Marais, The Plaine and The Bocage.
Coastal Region and Islands The
coastal regions and islands are characterised by long sandy beaches
backed by sand dunes which were planted with Pine and Holm Oak in the
Nineteenth Century, these are punctuated in places by low cliffs and
rocky outcrops. The most tourist intense region of the Vendée the coast
and islands have a mix of pretty fishing villages, large coastal holiday
towns and purpose built holiday villages offering a multitude of water
borne activities and restaurants.
Marais There are three main areas of Marais or wetland which are
situated behind the coastal strip and are separated by two peninsulas of
the Bas Bocage one of which reaches the coast just south of St Giles
Croix de Vie with the other stretching from Les Sables D’Olonne to
Longeville-sur-mer. These are the Marais Breton Marais Olonne Marais Poitevin
This is a large flat region behind the coastal region responsible for
much of the Vendée’s agricultural output. The Vendée Plaine more often
referred to as the Luçon -Fontenay Prairie is the original coastal
plaine that developed behind the Bay of Pictons, It was a vast expanse
of natural grassland, almost devoid of trees.
Bocage. The Bocage is split into the Haute Bocage (High) and the Bas Bocage
(Low). These are areas of rolling countryside full of farms sporting
cattle and other livestock and vineyards. It is characterised by small
fields with high hedges giving the illusion that the area is very wooded
where sa the Vendee is one of the least forested departments in France.
Sud Vendée and Mervent Forest
The Mervent Forest is a National Park containing ancient trees a lake
complex and much rare flora and fauna, it is normally included along
with the Marais Poitevin, in the South Vendée for the purposes of
accordance with the law "and Freedoms" of January 6, 1978, you have the
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