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
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
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.
– 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.
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.
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 Voyages-sncf.com. 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.
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.