Whilst Paris is the most popular tourist destination in France, many visitors are looking for a holiday experience that is a world away from the cosmopolitan city. Holidays to rural and coastal France are popular for holiday makers of all ages who want the opportunity to switch off and relax.
Vendee on the West Coast of France is an ideal location for a family holiday. It is a largely rural region, which benefits from miles of clean sandy beaches and a unique microclimate that is welcomed by all. In addition to the sand, sea and surf that attract plenty of watersports enthusiasts, Vendee has a wealth of other attractions which add to its appeal.
Once you have arrived on one of Carisma’s Vendee campsites //www.carisma.co.uk/campsites.html you may want to avoid using the car for the duration of your holiday. This isn’t difficult, as every site has its own swimming pool complex, on-site bars and shop, children’s play areas and sports facilities. They are all located within a short walk from the beach and close to French coastal towns.
In addition, cycle hire is available on-site or from a local shop. With a network of off road cycle paths passing through the coastal and rural areas of Vendee, it is safe and easy to explore in the saddle. The area is also served by regular bus services, which can take you a little further afield. Your Carisma courier can point you in the direction of the nearest bus stop that will take you to your chosen destination.
Beyond the campsite and the beach, Vendee has a wealth of other attractions that will ensure there is no opportunity for anyone to get bored. There are a number of family friendly museums including the seashell museum in Les Sables d’Olonne as well as theme parks including the spectacular Puy du Fou. You can head to one of the adventure centres such as Le Grand Defi, Indian Forest or Parc des Dunes, or take a steadier pace of life with a gentle boat trip through the salt marshes nature reserve, which is known locally as ‘Green Venice’.
If you want to experience city life, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Nantes are all worth a day trip. As with any French city, you can indulge in stylish boutiques, visit the main sights and enjoy café delights whilst watching the world go. More locally, the towns along the coast of vendee offer local events including family activities, sport events and weekly markets. What more could you want for your next family holiday?
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