Home to 70 miles of golden sandy beaches, there are few holiday destinations that can match the charms of Vendee, in west-central France.
This impressive collection of picteresque beaches, which stretch from Noirmoutierin in the north to la Faute in the south, has become a popular destination for French holidaymakers, as well as those from further afield.
The coastline is sprinkled with a number of well-known resorts, all of which offer the perfect environment for an enjoyable family holiday.
The local tourism industry has been growing steadily since the 1860s, when a railway system was introduced that allowed holidaymakers to reach the more desirable destinations in the Vendee region.
So if you're keen to spend a relaxing week or two soaking up some summer sun, then you certainly won't be short of choice.
Bring the kids along, too, and they can spend many a happy hour splashing around in the sea or playing games on the golden sand.
But if you're keen to see and learn more about this fascinating region, head inland and truly immerse yourself in the local culture.
Most holidaymakers tend to head to the big cities in France, such as Paris or Nice, but there's plenty more to see and do than walk on the concrete of these metropolises.
Vendee will open your eyes as to the charms of the French countryside, which is home to some spectacular views and beautiful wildlife.
The countryside in Vendee is split into two distinct sections: the north-eastern part of the region, known to locals as the haut bocage, is distinguished by its hilly terrain; and the undulating countryside, otherwise known as the bas bocage.
If you're travelling with young children it may be a good idea to make a picnic for the day and make the most of the idyllic surroundings.
Alternatively, you might wish to sample some of the charming local cuisine.
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