Enjoying the warm, long summer evenings is one of the real pleasures of a camping holiday. With no meal time restrictions, you can draw out the days for a fuller holiday experience.
Many people chose to relax with a bottle of local wine and a barbeque on the deck of their mobile home; others stay down at the beach with a picnic and watch the sun set over the sea. You may enjoy a stroll around the local town, or a meal out in one of the restaurants to get a taste of the local cuisine. An evening bike ride might be preferable to cycling in the heat of the day and on several of our Vendee campsites, there is evening family entertainment on offer.
If you are staying at Sol a Gogo our campsite in Saint Hilaire de Reiz, there are a couple of interesting options just a short drive away, which might make for an alternative evening out.
After a day on the beach, you may enjoy an early evening trip to Le Jardin des Olfacties (Garden of Scents) in Coex. Travelling inland from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, the large gardens are situated in the middle of Coex town and are planted with a wide variety of scented plants. The gardens are opened until 7pm every evening in July and August.
A little further north in Commequers is a Velorail. Families or groups can hop into a pedal powered railcar for a couple of hours to explore the delightful countryside along a 10km track. The route takes you over the River Vie and to the station at St Maixent sur Vie. The price you pay is per railcar, which can hold 2-4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children. Through July and August this attraction is open until 9pm daily.
Each campsite will lock its barriers at a certain time in the evening and your Carisma Courier will give you details of the times on your arrival. There is usually a lights out policy from which time everyone is expected to be quiet, to ensure that a good night’s sleep is possible.
If you have headed out on foot or on a bike, you can still get in when the barriers are closed, just be quiet and respectful as you return to your mobile home. If you have headed out in the car and return after the barriers are closed, there is usually a local road where it can be parked overnight.
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