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Camping La Dune des Sables

Hot Southern Vendee

The Vendee's only 5 star “on the beach” campsite, Camping La Dune des Sables. Located on an island-peninsular, with direct access to the beach and only mile and a half from the most vibrant resort on the west coast of France.

Direct Beach Access from your Mobile Home

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.

Les Sables-d’Olonne, Southern Vendee, Camping La Dune des Sables

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.

Family Restaurants

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?

Superb Sandy Beaches

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.

5-Star Family Campsite

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.

Family Cycling Holiday

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.

Camping La Dune des Sables Reviews
  • We have had an excellent holiday at Les Sables. Carisma has been well-organised and have made our first camping experience great. The campsite is lovely... the accommodation and location of the campsite were good. Being guaranteed being next door to our friends has also made a huge difference in our selecting Carisma. Our courier Ellie was friendly and informative at all times.Mrs Mitchell, Lecturer
  • Once again we have had a superb holiday at Les Sables - this was our second year running (having been used to a fully equipped villa in the past) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our children (aged 12, 8 and 5) had a ball - they made loads of friends and we were quite happy knowing that they were perfectly safe.  We had a really relaxing time - all the staff were great and we felt really relaxed.Mrs Westwood
  • Having never done this thing before I must admit I left the U.K feeling very nervous. I have had such a fantastic time and would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone.Mrs Reeves, P.A.
  • This our third visit to Les Sables, can't wait for next year. The children spent all their time on the new waterslides, a vast improvement to last year. Perfect!Mr. Sadler, Civil Servant
  • Thank you for one our best ever family holidays. Having stayed at Les Sables d'Olonne twice before, we were looking forward to returning, and were not disappointed. The new 3 bedroom mobile homes were excellent, however our stay was made even better by all of the Carisma staff. We were looked after extremely well, with plenty of entertainment for the children resulting in Jack and I having an extremely relaxing time, so much so that we would like to come back for 3 weeks next year!!J Westwood
  • Once again have enjoyed a superb holiday at Les Sables with Carisma. This is our fourth holiday with the company and hopefully not our last. Many thanks.Mr & Mrs Bell, Farmer and Civil Servant
  • The children rated Les Sables as excellent. Obviously, if the children are happy, parents are equally. The access to the beach, which was never busy, made life a lot easier for all the family. We felt that the children were safe on the site and allowed them to go to & from all the amenities without us constantly in tow.Mr & Mrs Turner, Early Years Coordinator
  • Our second time at Les Sables with Carisma. This was even better than last year, superb location and very attentive reps. Our thirteen-year-old son had a superb time, made lots of friends in a safe environment. See you next year!Mr Speck, Managing Director
  • First time with Carisma after years of holidaying in France and we will certanly be going back really nice site very good and friendly reps one of the best French holidays we have had Thank you Carism.Gary Rogers, Support worker
  • Had great holiday here with 5 children of varying ages - 2 x 13 2x 6. 1 @ 10 they loved the ferry to Caen and car journey although long - roads relatively quiet and clear of roadworks !! so had good journeys both waysFootball, games room loads cycle tracks and good quality bikes to hire reasonably great pool area entertainment at night bowling alley and shops near and local towns gorgeous to visit at nightMobile homes quite adequate and spotlessly clean AND THE CARISMA STAFF WERE AMAZING BOTH AT HOME (OFFICE - PETER) AND ON SITE - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TOO MUCH TROUBLE They really were superb Well Done Carisma. We had a great time thank you.Shirley Appleby, Fund Raiser Charity Events
  • We've enjoyed an excellent holiday, perhaps the best we've ever had as a family.Bryn Law - Sky sports football reporter
  • It was the most enjoyable fortnight that we had spent in ages. The site was in a perfect location..Mr & Mrs Hartwell
  • This is our third year on Carisma site and we have not been disappointed at Les Sables.Mr & Mrs Wheeler, Mansfield

Camping La Dune des Sables at a glance…


Camping La Dune des Sables Facilities

  • Direct access to beach
  • Hot Southern Vendee
  • 2 heated pools with 3 water chutes
  • Heated children’s pool with slide
  • Bar
  • Restaurant*
  • Take Away Meals
  • Campsite Shop
  • Evening Entertainment*
  • Games room
  • Tennis Court
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wifi
  • Mini Golf
  • Football pitch
  • 2 x Children’s Play Area
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Gas BBQs #
  • Washing & Drying Machines and Irons
  • High season # small refundable deposit required

Nearby Activities

  • Water taxi (1.5 miles)
  • Canoeing (500 yards)
  • Zoo (2 miles)
  • Horse Riding (1 mile)
  • Golf Course (2 miles)

Campsite Map

Click on the image above to see a large campsite map of the Carisma mobile home positions.

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

  • Travelling by Ferry or EuroTunnel »

    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.

    Travel Tips

    –          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

  • Fly Drive »

    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.

  • Public Transport »

    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  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.


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