Set in the hot Vendee climate, we have uncovered a little gem of a campsite in St Hilaire, the ultimate in beach holidays. You can walk directly from your mobile home onto a magnificent, gently sloping sandy beach lapped by the clear waters where your children can swim and play in complete safety with no roads to cross.
Add to this one of the best swimming pool complexes in France with 4 superb water slides. Choose from one of the 3 slides that plunge you into the heated lagoon-style pool or the fourth chute that propels you on a thrilling ride through a tunnel into the spacious indoor pool with its underwater theme and jacuzzi. In addition there’s a childrens pool complete with water features.
The family owners of St Hilaire, this intimate and friendly site show keen attention to detail, with colourful flower beds, high standards of cleanliness, an excellent bar and genuinely friendly atmosphere. Local restaurants are also within walking distance.
The site is uniquely located, being a 5-minute drive from two fascinating and contrasting towns which can also be accessed by cycle paths running directly from the campsite.
To the north, St-Jean-de-Monts is a vibrant town offering a lively atmosphere with fine restaurants and cafe bars. For the more adventurous a magnificent water park is just a 5 minute drive away, and is especially popular with Carisma families of all ages.
To the south is the picturesque town of St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie – a quaint old fishing village with a superb array of fine restaurants offering a glorious location for a charming evening stroll amongst its pavement cafes. A short drive further through the picturesque Olonne National Forest greets you with the stylish Les Sables d’Olonne, one of France’s premier resorts with its old harbour surrounded by excellent seafood restaurants and promenade cafes.
* High season # Available free of charge- 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.