Driving to our Vendee campsites is a popular choice for families. It often provides the best value transport option and allows you to have the car available for trips out and about during your stay. Driving to your destination also means that you are not tied to luggage restrictions, so it is possible to bring all that you want, so you can make the most of your holiday.
The journey from the French ports does take several hours, so if you are travelling with children, it can be advisable to break up the journey with regular stops. The major French roads have regular picnic stops which usually include toilets and some green space for a run around. These can sometimes be a better option than sitting down again in a service station.
Another suggestion is to use your journey as the start of your French adventure. Take a detour off the main route to spend an hour or two in one of the towns that you pass on route.
Chartres is a town just off the motorway and about 200 miles from our Vendee Campsites, which could be a good place to stop. As well as finding a lovely café for refreshments, the town was France’s first urban conservation site. A walk around the town, especially the Rue des Ecuyers and surrounding streets will offer a step back into the past.
In Chartres you can see half-timber houses, cobbled streets, ‘tertres’ which are steep steps down to the Eure River, mills and old bridges. The town is also home to an impressive collection of stained glass. Chartres Cathedral includes over 150 decorative windows which depict stories from the bible and three Rose Windows. These were given to the cathedral by aristocracy during the 13th Century, were removed during the World Wars and have recently undergone a restoration project.
A little closer to our Vendee Campsites is Le Mans, home to the world famous 24 hour race. A stop in Le Mans is a must for motor car enthusiasts, who will enjoy a trip to the Musee de l’Automobile where cars of all ages, including racing vehicles are on display. At the centre of Le Mans is the fortified area of Vieux Mans, where ancient walls surround historic alleys, courtyards and traditional housing.
These are just two examples of places that might be worth a visit on route to your holiday in Vendee . Breaking up your journey to experience France before you reach your Vendee Campsite will get your holiday started a little earlier and make travelling part of the adventure.
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