The west coast of France was popular with French tourists long before international visitors started to arrive. A large percentage of the population of France still prefer to enjoy holidays in their own country, particularly in coastal regions such as Vendee. For this reason, the peak holiday season is from mid-July until the end of August, when many French people take a lengthy break from work.
During the peak season, you can be guaranteed that there will be a wide selection of events and activities to keep everyone in your family entertained. Open hours at most attractions will be extended and everything will be bustling with atmosphere. This is also the time of year when the temperatures are likely to peak, making it ideal for reclining on the hot sandy beaches.
Whilst the peak season is ideal for a lively, fun holiday, it also means that everything is busy. From the campsite pool and the beaches close to the main resorts, to restaurants and attractions, it can be more of a challenge to find a quiet, relaxing space of your own. Accommodation costs also increase with the growing demand from holiday makers and the roads can become more congested.
If you are tied to this peak season by school holidays, the last week of August can be the best time to visit, as many of the French tourists have returned to work. This means the resorts are less busy and holiday prices drop, but the temperatures are still high and most attractions still open for long hours. Alternatively, the May bank holiday week is a more affordable and quieter option, although the temperatures are still warming up.
Beyond High Season
If you are not restricted by school holidays, then September and June are fantastic months for a holiday. Whilst the full programme of tourist events may not be up and running, there is still plenty to see and do at these times of year, so there will never be an opportunity to get bored. The cost of your holiday will also be lower, giving you more spending money!
June holidays mean that you have long days of sunshine and less competition for a pool-side recliner, a table in a restaurant or a good space on the beach. With a short bike ride away from the main resorts, you may even discover beaches with only a few other visitors on.
September holidays can be perfect for those who like to get wet, as the sea has had plenty of time to warm up. If you are looking to master wind surfing or body boarding on holiday, then you will find less crowded water sport courses and warmer seas in September. The temperature can also remain hot in the early part of September and you may even get to experience the grape harvest at one of France’s vineyards.
Whenever you arrive, the Carisma campsites in France have plenty to offer visitors and you are sure to have a fantastic holiday experience.
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