Local holidaymakers have been enjoying the beautiful surrounds of the Vendee since the 1800s, but it is only in recent decades that this delightful region in France has become a truly international tourist destination.
Indeed, holidaymakers from all over the continent now travel to the region to enjoy all that it has to offer - and it has an awful lot.
The main attraction of holidaying here is, of course, the incredible selection of beaches, which attract water sports enthusiasts, as well as people just wishing to catch a little summer sun.
So regardless of whether you're new to a surfboard or a budding expert, you won't be disappointed by what the Vendee has to offer.
However, there is much more to the Vendee than you may realise.
The region itself is not actually home to any cities and there are also very few towns to be found. However, the Vendee is full of charm and interest, while the locals are also quick to recognise the importance of tourism to the local area.
And although life moves at a leisurely pace in this part of France, that does not disguise the pride that locals have in their surroundings.
This may, in part, be explained by the fact that the population has its roots in a history of conflict - and there are plenty of reminders of this throughout the area.
So, for example, if you wish to learn more about how the Vendee has evolved since Neolithic times, there is plenty of opportunity to do so.
A good way to see the sights and sounds of the Vendee would be to travel on bike and follow one of the many trails that you will find dotted throughout the region.
For a truly rounded holiday experience, there are few destinations that can quite compare to the Vendee.
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