August in Vendee  28/07/2014
With miles of clean sandy beaches heading out into the Atlantic Ocean and a coastline backed by forests, it is an ideal destination to escape from the daily routine. Add in a perfect mix of glorious sunshine and cooling breezes and you have the ideal ingredients for a great holiday.
Whilst there are plenty of activities in and around our Vendee campsites, like Camping La Dune des Sables or St Hilaire's Camping Sol-a-Gogo, a cycle ride or short car journey can offer the opportunity to experience more of what Vendee has to offer. For a unique day out in August, consider a trip to the town of Sallertaine.
Sallertaine in the Vendee Salt Marshes
Sallertaine is in Marais Breton area of Vendee, which has been reliant on its salt farming industry for centuries. Whilst salt harvesting still continues on the marshes, they have now been preserved as a wildlife sanctuary. From Sallertaine you can explore this tranquil haven on a guided canoe trip, where you can learn about the salt trade and find out about the birds and other wildlife that you may spot. In the summer months, there is the chance to join a group paddle at sunrise or sunset.
In Sallertaine town stands La Moulin de Raire, a whitewashed windmill, which is opened to the public. Take a step back in time, meet the miller and join a guided tour to discover the process from locally grown wheat to freshly baked bread.
Sallertaine’s Creative Community
What makes Sallertaine really unique is its community of artists and crafts people. There are around 40 makers including jewellery designers, textile artists, painters, furniture upholsterers, potters, leather, wood and metal workers. A wander past their workshops may give you the opportunity to see some of the skilled workers in action, or you may be tempted to purchase a hand crafted piece.
You can see the work of the Ile aux Artisans throughout the year, but in August they host three evening celebrations of art, music, theatre and food in the town. This year you can experience this lively community event on Mondays 4th, 11th and 18th of August. The evenings, known as Nocturnes Sallertaine present a delightful and vibrant combination of lie music, craft demonstrations, street entertainment and the finest local foods. If you are looking to experience a local cultural event, these evenings are a must.
Amongst the other hidden gems in the region, these unique experiences will ensure your Vendee camping holiday is memorable for many years to come.
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