In a digital age, it can be difficult to imagine that children can be kept happy and entertained for more than half an hour without access to electronic devices. A family holiday to a French campsite may seem like a big risk; can the family enjoy each other’s company without a television, DVD player, computer or Wii for back up? Before dismissing the idea as crazy, take a moment to think back to the family holidays of your childhood and the delights of days at the seaside. It may seem hard to believe, but children today can spend hours playing contently on the beach with a bucket and spade, just like you did! The endless joys of burying dad, creating an impressive fortress with a moat and gathering collections of shells and other beach treasures from rock pools are as enjoyable as ever. With an eighty kilometre stretch of beach, a holiday in Vendee, on the west coast of France is an ideal destination for a family holiday. The clean and beautiful beaches don’t get as busy as resorts on the French Rivera, so there is plenty of space for games of Frisbee, bat and ball or even flying a kite. In many areas the water close to the beach is shallow, making it relatively safe to enjoy, even for younger families. The climate in Vendee is warmer than the UK, but not hot enough to worry about keeping children in the shade. They can enjoy playing in swimwear without needing to be covered up or constantly topped up with applications of suncream. Children have the space and freedom to enjoy the simple pleasures of a day on the beach, leaving parents to watch them play whilst enjoying a picnic of fresh French bread, Brie and tomatoes. Many of the beaches in Vendee are bordered by cycle paths and footpaths, making it pleasurable to explore the extensive golden coastline. Many shops and campsites in Vendee offer bikes for hire, so you can get out and about without needing to pack your own. For families seeking a bit of extra adventure, Vendee beaches include sailing schools, surfing lessons and opportunities to hire other equipment for seaside activities. With campsites just a short walk from the beach, the towns of Les Sables-d’Olonne and La Tranche offer popular destinations for a family holiday. In the height of summer, these Vendee campsites can get quickly booked up by those returning after a previous holiday in the area. Holidays in Vendee offer the opportunity of quality family time and a chance to indulge in the simple pleasures of days at the seaside. It is a delight to see your children having a wonderful time without electric devices and to top it off, all the fresh sea air makes for a good night’s sleep!
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