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Jard Sur Mer

    Hot Southern Vendee

    Jard Sur Mer is a small site located 150 yards from the beach and only 300 yards from the village centre so no need to use your car whilst on holiday.

    Family Campsite in Hot Southern Vendee

    Just close your eyes and imagine a campsite, beautifully laid out in a lofty pine forest, only 150 yards from a magnificent sandy beach. Imagine a site just 300 yards from the centre of a charming little village. Picture yourself spending the day relaxing on this gloriously warm, southern Vendee beach and then, in the evening, strolling into the village of Jard-sur-Mer to dine at one of its fascinating restaurants and to sample local wines without the worry of a car.

    Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pool

    Let your imagination continue into the following day, sun-bathing around the superb swimming pool whilst your children try out the twists and turns of the thrilling water chute. Or walking with your family around the colourful weekly market and then down to the beautiful harbour at the foot of the village. Again, without disturbing the car.

    Small, family-friendly campsite

    Although we believe this is the smallest site used by any British tour operator in the Vendee, it boasts a surprisingly large array of amenities and all that you would expect of a premier 4-star site. Windsurf enthusiasts will delight in the ideal conditions on a specially designated section of our beach, one of the finest in the area for the sport.

    If you would enjoy a small site and a glorious beach where you really can forget the car then this site is a must.

    Jard Sur Mer

    Jard sur mer is excellently positioned for some glorious days out sightseeing A short journey north you have the fashionable resort of Les Sables D’Olonne; famous for its promenade, restaurants, boutiques and evening entertainment. To the south is the ancient city of La Rochelle, birth place of the 3 Musketeers with its twin forts dominating the picturesque harbour. From there by bridge is the beautiful island of Ile-de-Re. Even nearer (a few minutes by car) is the Castle of Talmont, generations of Carisma children have enjoyed exploring this famous old castle (a previous fortress of our very own Richard the Lionheart).

    Cycling enthusiasts are well catered for with cycle paths in abundance and with windsurfing, sailing, tennis, gokarting and golf all close by your children will never run out of things to do.

    Jard Sur Mer Reviews
    • We chose this holiday because it offered something for all the family. For me the attraction was a dedicated windsurfing beach, only 150 yards from the campsite. The kids also had a good time and I'm sure it will be one of their memorable holidays.David Webber - BBC project manager
    • Many thanks for a really wonderful holiday! The mobile homes and location of the campsite was superb and the couriers extremely helpful. We will definitely be back to this or another of your sites very soon, probably next year and would recommend it enthusiastically to friends.Mr Crossman - London - Accountant
    • The holiday at Jard was everything that we wished for and more. Andy and Tom, the couriers, made the holiday extra special for our daughters and the campsite was very safe for children - we all had a brilliant holiday!Mr S Carter - Bristol -Support Teacher
    • We've all had a super holiday due to a super site at Jard and brilliant weather. It was great to have the choice of a pool and the beach without having to get in the car. The nearby restaurants were also excellent and we can say we have eaten in all of them except two!! The kids loved the site. Many thanks!The Mollens - Northumberland - Teacher
    • This is our second visit to Jard and we absolutely love it. The children are relaxed and happy and the campsite has everything we needed. It is now just a question of whether we return to Jard for a third time or try a different site.Ms Reeves - Epsom - Area Manager
    • This is our first holiday in a caravan or to France since we were children. We had a great time at Jard Sur Mer and our kids an even better time. Thank you!Mr & Mrs Everatt - Old Stratford - Facilities Executive
    • Our 2nd holiday with Carisma and first in the Vendee. Overall a very pleasant surprise - Riviera weather but only four hours from the port - we'd come again. Thanks to Tom and Sam at Jard.Mr Lawrence - Leicestershire
    • We had a great time - perfect combination for kids and adults. Excellent solution for kids - our eldest (9) was happy to experience freedom (his words) for the first time. We feel rested and relaxed - a first since having children! Sam and Tom were great with the children; social and helpful.Ms Richardson - London - Lawyer
    • We have been holidaying with Carisma, first with our children and now with children and grandchildren since 1979; in total at least 14 times. This is a testament for our fondness of the Vendee, in particular Jard sur Mer and Carisma. They are always a professional and friendly company to deal with. Our couriers this year, Jenny and Rachel, were excellent and most helpful.Mr.& Mrs. Jackson - Chesterfield - Retired nursing home manager

    Campsite at a glance…

    • BEACH ONLY 150 YDS

    Campsite Facilities

    • Beach 150 yards
    • Heated indoor pool with waterslide
    • Heated Adult’s and Children’s Pools
    • Multi Sports Complex
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lively campsite in high season
    • Village Centre 300 yards
    • Children’s Play Area
    • Friendly Family Bar
    • Take Away Meals*
    • Campsite Shop*
    • Games Room
    • Wifi internet access
    • Wooded site for shade
    • Evening Entertainment*
    • Washing & Drying Machines and Irons
    • Gas BBQs #

    * High season only # small refundable deposit required

    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 Jard sur Mer site.

    Ferry Ports Distance from Campsite (miles)
    Caen – 250
    St Malo – 190
    Cherbourg – 255
    Calais – 395

    Airports Distance from Campsite (miles)
    La Rochelle – 45
    Nantes – 74
    Poitiers – 110

    Train Station Distance from Campsite (miles)
    Les Sables D’olonne – 6

    Bus Station Distance from Campsite (miles)
    Les Sables Bus Station – 6

    • 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 our Jard sur Mer campsite.

      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.

      Jard sur Mer, 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 Jard sur Mer.    You can plan your route using google maps or  The closest train station is Les Sables-d’Olonne, which is just over 5 miles from the campsite.  From there you can hire a taxi to the campsite.  The closest bus station is around 0.7 miles from the campsite.

      Alternatively you could hire a taxi from the airport, which we would recommend booking in advance.


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