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.
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.
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 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.
* High season only # small refundable deposit required
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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.