Popular places to go while camping in Vendée
A department of the Pays La Loire region in western France, the Vendée is perhaps best known for having over 250km of idyllic sandy coastline. Named for the river that runs through it, the Vendée was also once the site of some epic battles, including the Hundred Years’ War
As well as having some of the best beaches in the country and bountiful resort towns with a traditional French seaside vibe, the Vendée is awash with natural wonders - especially in the south - like vast dunes, wetlands and salt marshes. Islands just off shore like Noirmoutier and Île d'Yeu are home to incredible sandy coves and ancient sites like the 12th-century Château de Noirmoutier.
If it’s a cosmopolitan city you’re after, Nantes sits just to the north in neighbouring Brittany and is a wonderful pick for a day trip full of history and culture.
Things to do when camping in Vendée
This magical region is a huge draw for families looking for a beach holiday, and there are so many great child-friendly local attractions. There’s also plenty of appeal for couples on a camping holiday in the Vendée, too, from enjoying excellent seafood to exploring dozens of fascinating historic attractions.
Situated on the Loire River, Nantes offers a huge variety of things to see and do, from exploring the Castle, the Jardin des Plantes and the Jules Verne museum, to riding on the astonishing mechanical elephant and Marine Worlds Carousel at Les Machines D’Île.
Les Sables d’Olonne is a lively town and fishing port with a superb beach. Stroll along the promenade, admire the boats in the marina and visit the superb motor museum at Talmont-Saint-Hilaire. Little ones are sure to love the gentle donkey rides at this centre near La Chapelle-Hermier.
Perfect for energetic kids, the Indian Forest adventure park offers more than 60 activities, from tree top adventures and zip-wires to karting, archery and pony rides. The highly rated Puy du Fou historical theme park features breath-taking re-enactments and shows, including a Roman arena, Viking raids and a huge birds of prey display.
About half an hour from Nantes, Planète Sauvage is a Safari Park where you can see more than 2000 animals from five continents. The Marais Poitevin is a huge wetland of salt marshes and water meadows that’s known locally as ‘Green Venice’. Explore it by hiring a traditional flat-bottomed boat or a canoe.