The first thing you see on entering this great family Camping La Dune des Sables campsite is the stunning view of the sea, which surrounds the site on three sides. Here in the hot southern Vendee climate, we have a unique location. We are surrounded by the ocean, sand dunes and forest, totally isolated in peaceful tranquility on what is, in fact, an island-peninsular.
This peninsular, called “La Chaume”, is surrounded by water and joined to the mainland by only a single bridge and yet, incredibly, you are only a mile and a half from the most vibrant, exciting and sophisticated resort on the west coast of France: Les Sables-d’Olonne. The nightlife is unparalleled with a host of pavement cafes, bars and restaurants adorning the waterfront, together with an amazing array of pavement artists, musicians and entertainers who are organised by the town.
Alternatively, the waterfront at La Chaume hosts an array of inexpensive yet superb family restaurants within a quiet village atmosphere. Where else can two such contrasting ideals be so close together joined by a simple ride in a water-taxi (90p) which runs all day and into the early hours?
The Camping La Dune des Sables campsite offers direct access to two very different sandy beaches, ideal for surfers, body-boarders and sunbathers alike. The superb swimming pool complex with thrilling water slides, bar and restaurant are on an elevation which gives unrivalled views of the ocean from every angle. Watching the sun set over the water is something that lives in the memory forever.
The other Camping La Dune des Sables campsite facilities are what you would expect from our premier 5-star campsite. Apart from relaxing on the beach, you can walk for as long as you like through the forest and not see a soul, then walk back to the campsite along a deserted beach. Or, for the more adventurous, try a popular horse-riding trek along similar routes.
What’s more, La Chaume is a haven for cyclists, with cycle paths and small roads free of commercial traffic.
The best location for a campsite in France? We think so. We invite you to sample with us a truly memorable holiday.
Travelling to France, with the wide range of options and routes available, has never been so simple. So whether you’re looking at taking a ferry, Eurotunnel, flying or using public transport, we’re here to help.
Crossing the Channel by Ferry or Eurotunnel
We recommend a Portsmouth to Caen 08:15 crossing with Brittany Ferries returning on the 16:30 Caen to Portsmouth. This will leave a 4 hour drive to and from Camping La Dune des Sables site.
Ferry Ports Distance from Campsite (miles)
Caen – 245
St Malo – 175
Cherbourg – 248
Calais – 395
Airports Distance from Campsite (miles)
Nantes – 77
La Rochelle – 70
Poitiers – 127
Train Station Distance from Campsite (miles)
Les Sables D’olonne – 2
Bus Station Distance from Campsite (miles)
Les Sables Bus Station – 2
With a number of ferry routes crossing the channel on a daily basis, there is sure to be an option to suit all families. For those who prefer a short crossing, why not hop on the Dover-Calais crossing or for those without “sea legs” can take the EuroTunnel. We can book these as part of your package, often with huge savings on booking direct. We can offer advice on recommended ferry routes and driving directions to La Dune des Sables.
St Malo and Caen are the closest ferry ports to the site. We would recommend catching on 08:15 Portsmouth to Caen sailing with Brittany Ferries as the best and most economical route (5hours 45minutes sailing time). Getting you into France at 15:00, leaving you around a 4 hour drive to the campsite, meaning you’ll arrive in the early evening. You can choose any route for your crossing, and other sailings are to and from Poole, Plymouth, Roscoff, Le Harve and Cherbourg.
A return sailing from Caen to Portsmouth is daily at 16:30, allowing a leisurely drive up and getting you back in the UK at 21:15.
For those who would rather have a short channel crossing P&O from Dover to Calais can offer up to 20 sailings a day, taking just 90minutes. EuroTunnel also offers a wide choose and offers a journey time of just 35 minutes.
Which is best for me?
Whilst the drive time from Caen and St Malo to the campsite is around 2hours shorter than that of Calais, crossings to Calais can offer large savings on the supplement when compared to Brittany Ferries sailings. So it is purely down to personal choice, whether cost, driving time or travel time is the most important factor. We’d be happy to offer any advice on crossings.
– Check out update Driving Rules and Regulations in France (Link to a page on our site)
– Accommodation is ready from 4pm on day of arrival. If you’re early you’re welcome to use on site facilities until it’s ready
– Remember the time difference – France is 1 hour ahead of us.
– Heavy Duty Lorry’s are banned from the roads in France on Sunday
With more and more flights to France from the UK being added each year it’s easier than ever to reach your destination.
La Dune des Sables in the Vendee, is within easy reach of La Rochelle, Nantes, Poitiers and Rennes, all have a number of UK & Irish airlines flying direct. We are unable to book your flights but are happy to hold your accommodation, without a deposit, whilst you book your tickets.
Take a look at our guide to showing who flies where to give you an idea of what to look at.
We do recommend hiring a car as it gives you greater flexibility when on holiday, for day trips, as well making transfers a more stress-free enjoyable experience. Take a look at our preferred partner who can offer a wide range of vehicles to suit all budgets.
However, public transport; trains, buses & taxis are available and for further details please click below.
There are no direct services from the airports to the site, but you can use a combination of train and bus to get to Les Sables-d’Olonne. You can plan your route using google maps or Voyages-sncf.com. The closest train and bus station is Gare des Sables d’Olonne, which is just over a mile from the campsite. From there you can hire a taxi to the campsite.
Alternatively you could hire a taxi from the airport, which we would recommend booking in advance.
With beaches of fine sand and an outstanding climate this island is a perfect place to relax. For the more energetic there are 90kms of cycle paths wending their way through pine forests, vineyards, nature reserves and salt marshes. This island is accessible by a toll bridge from La Rochelle or on a boat trip.
The cobbled streets of Les Sables make for great shopping and don’t forget the indoor market which is open every day. There are some superb restaurants overlooking the port which should suit all tastes. Alongside the beautiful sandy beach are yet more restaurants and shops which stay open in the evening when the promenade is closed to traffic and filled with entertainers - www.lessables.com
A typical French Fisherman's quarter with small, original houses. On the waterfront there are a number of good, reasonably priced restaurants and cafés. On a Sunday there is a small local market. From here you can take the water taxi into Les Sables. La Chaume is home to Port Olona, the marina from which the Vendée Globe Challenge sets out every four years. There are some nice places here to sit and have a drink or some lunch.
A typical fishing village with a growing reputation for its wines. Don’t miss the chance to see one of the Vendée’s most famous churches; St Nicholas de Brem . It’s ancient façade has a statue purported to be of St Nicholas himself, and various interesting carvings. Inside it is a model of simplicity and calm, with a few peeling wall paintings.
A cheery little market town, with plenty of tourist shops as well as waffle and Ice-cream shops. Its beaches are quite stoney but the excellent quality of the water makes up for this (Blue Flag) . There are some great places for rock pooling.