If you're a keen rambler and regularly base your holidays on where you can enjoy long, scenic walks, then the Vendee will not fail to disappoint.
The region may be one of the most popular tourist destinations in France, but there are plenty of opportunities to roam freely and lose yourself in the glorious landscapes undisturbed.
Particularly if you're going away with your family, walking is the perfect way to spend quality time together while soaking up some sunshine and experiencing the great outdoors.
Here is our rundown of the best places to go walking in the Vendee:
The beaches in the Vendee are picture-perfect - think soft golden sand sloping down towards warm waters (during the summer months, anyway). Most of the stretches have also received recognition for their cleanliness.
If you fancy a relaxing stroll and aren't really fussed about how much distance you cover, then the beach is ideal. There's also the added benefit of being able to take in spectacular views of the ocean.
Explore the tranquil forests and countryside of the Vendee on foot, but make sure you bring a sturdy pair of boots as the walking routes can be pretty bumpy. Your experience here will be different to a ramble along the coast, but just as exciting.
There are plenty of dedicated public footpaths dotted around the region, and it is advised that you follow one of these to ensure you don't get lost along your way. A must-see is the Mervent Forest, the largest of its kind in the Vendee.
If you fancy a bit more to look at during your walk than hills and trees, then ramble through some of the Vendee's pretty little villages and see what the locals are up to.
You'll end up walking past beautiful churches, abbeys and museums - plus there'll be plenty of places to stop if you fancy a quick drink.
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