One of the many joys of a holiday is the chance to enjoy a slower pace of life. A break from the time pressures of the daily routine, it is possible to switch off the alarm clock and get the day off to a more natural start. Being able to take time to enjoy the local sights, relax over a delicious meal and bottle of wine and indulge in simple pleasures such as a good book is what we all need in order to recharge our batteries.
Vendee on the west coast of France is a region full of natural delights. If you are seeking expansive blue flag beaches, picturesque fishing ports, stunning countryside and UNESCO protected islands, then a holiday in Vendee could be perfect.
Exploring Vendee isn’t about getting from A to B as quickly as possible; the journey through the region can be a truly enjoyable experience. Why not ditch the car for a few days, find a base in one of Vendee’s campsites and enjoy strolling along the beaches or cycling through the beautiful countryside?
There are around 1000 kilometers of designated cycle routes in Vendee and a distinct lack of hills, which make the region ideal for exploring on a bike. The Department of Vendee have produced ‘Les Sentier Cyclables de la Vendee’ a compilation of 66 cycle paths of various lengths that criss-cross the region. These include the ‘Coastal Sentiers’ which in total cover approximately 285 kilometers along the coast.
No matter where you stay in Vendee, you will be close to at least one of the many cycle paths. They are clearly signposted and the majority are off road, making them safer for younger riders. You can choose to follow all or part of a route, or change between routes to create your own journey. Travelling by bike allows you to enjoy life at a slower pace and gives you the opportunity to discover isolated beaches, villages full of traditional French charm, fishing ports, canals and woodland.
If you would prefer not to bring your own bikes, there are plenty of Vendee campsites and shops that offer daily or weekly cycle hire for both adult and children’s bikes. Although they are not a legal requirement, it is advisable that cycle helmets are worn and these can also be hired with the bikes.
After a good cycle ride, you can feel fully justified to round the day off enjoying an ice cream or taste of delicious French cuisine and a bottle of local wine!
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