The Loire Valley is renowned for its impressive chateaux, its fine wines and a taste for the finer things in life. The area is rural, tranquil and in many respects timeless. Many tourists are attracted to the history and grandeur of the area, as well as the opportunity for wine tasting and exploring vineyards at wine makers including Couly-Dutheil, Clos de l’Echo, Clos Joanne D’Orion and Coteaux du Layon.
The Loire River reaches the sea at St Nazaire and a little further south is Ile de Noirmoutier. This island, joined to the mainland at low tide by a causeway, marks the start of Vendee, a coastal region of the Loire Valley.
Vendee sits neatly between the Loire and Bordeaux wine making regions and is beginning to gain recognition for its own wine production. The warm, sunny climate that is essential for a good crop of grapes is also desired by many holiday makers. Add expansive beaches of golden sand and the sound of the waves rushing into the shore and you will understand why Vendee makes for a great holiday destination.
Vendee’s thriving coastal resorts have been welcoming French and international tourists for decades. St Jean-de-Monts, St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Bretignolles-sur-Mer, La Tranche-sur-Mer and the largest of the resorts, Les Sables d’Olonne have plenty of quality restaurants, cafes, shops, ice cream parlours, surf schools and attractions to help create happy holiday memories. This is one of the reasons that many visitors return time and time again.
The curving sands of Le Grande Plage in Les Sables d’Olonne have ensured that this is a top French destination for family beach holidays. The town also boasts one of the best preserved 18th century promenades, a lively port and a stylish marina in La Chaume. It is also home to France’s narrowest street, Rue de l’Enfer which is only 53cm wide at points, along with markets, shops, an impressive art museum; Musee de l’Abbaye Ste-Croix and an eco-zoo.
The Atlantic waves along the west coast of France are ideal for a range of water sports including surfing and sailing, but Vendee’s sloping beaches also mean that families can enjoy splashing in the surf.
Carisma offers a choice of four beach-side Vendee campsites //www.carisma.co.uk/campsites.html, to ensure that you can benefit from all the delights of this popular holiday destination. Our mobile home accommodation offers a comfortable base from which to explore the many on-site facilities, the local beaches and the nearby resorts. What’s more, to enhance your French experience, you can stop to enjoy other areas of the Loire Valley on route to your final destination.
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