Although you may have never come across the name before, the French region of Vendee has been a popular holiday destination among locals since the 1800s.
And while it was once a secret hidden from the rest of Europe, it has in recent decades become an increasingly popular destination with those from further afield.
One of the many appealing aspects to holidaying here is the variety of attractions you can expect to enjoy.
For instance, if you hope to relax and unwind in the sunshine, then head to one of the many glorious beaches in this area of France in the summer of 2014.
There's a huge stretch of coastline to enjoy and while some of these will become crowded during the peak months, you're certain to find somewhere that delivers the tranquility that you're looking for.
Alternatively, if you're a fan of water sports, then Vendee is similarly impressive, with surfers flocking here to enjoy some of the best conditions in western Europe.
What's more, if you're travelling with little ones, then the wide open expanses of the beach are ideal if they want to play games and make friends.
Head further inland, however, and you'll see a very different side of this picturesque region. There are no cities to be found here and the towns are of a modest size, but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty to keep you occupied.
There are, for example, a large number of sites that tell the historic evolution of the region. Some of these actually date back as far as Neolithic times.
Added to this, there are sites that hail from the medieval and renaissance periods.
Another great thing about holidaying here is the warm welcome you're sure to receive from the locals, all of whom appreciate the importance of the tourism industry.
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