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Camping in the Vendee

134 campsites in France, Vendée

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A site that lives up to its name, this one is very large, with over 800 pitches. There are 535 numbered touring pitches in rows...

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Domaine de l’Oiseliere is ideal for camping and campervan holidays, with 25 large pitches to choose from. There is a choice of full sun or...

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This family site is a member of the Original Camping group and is located close to the village of Barbâtre, on the west coast of...

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Camping Les Rouillères is found in the charming beachside town of La Tranche-sur-Mer, with its expansive Les Rouillères beach, right next to the campsite and...

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Camping l’Evasion is located close to the Lac de Jaunay, well known for its water-based activities. This modern, well-equipped site boasts a natural swimming pool...

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Camping La Belle Henriette has an impressive pool complex with a heated outdoor pool with a slide and paddling pool, plus an indoor pool with...

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Camping La Grande Vallee is a small campsite situated In La Tranche Sur Mer, 700 metres from the beach. The campsite has 58 large pitches...

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On the edge of the bustling village of Olonne-sur-Mer, close to the popular resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne, Le Trianon is a large site very much...

A family run site, le Rouge Gorge has 93 grassy touring pitches, plus some units for rent (2-8 people) and privately owned caravans and chalets...

Located in woodland and on dunes along a two-kilometre stretch of sandy beach, just east of the attractive little town of Noirmoutier on the island...

In a pleasant rural setting, la Trévillière is on the edge of the little resort town of Brétignolles. There are 200 pitches, 105 for touring...

You will receive a warm welcome upon arrival at Camping la Parée Préneau. It has been gradually and thoughtfully expanded to its present size (20...

Castel Camping La Garangeoire is a stunning campsite, situated some 15 km inland, near the village of Saint Julien-des-Landes. Set in 200 hectares of parkland...

Situated On a large lake in the Vendée, five kilometres from Montaigu and half an hour's drive from Puy du Fou, you’ll find Flower Camping...

Camping la Forêt is an attractive, well run site with a friendly family atmosphere, thanks to the hard working owners, M. and Mme. Jolivet. Many...

This is an excellent little site which provides 80 grass pitches for touring units, some individual with tall hedges, others more open but there is...

Le Pavillon Bleu is a member of the Atlantique Pellerin Vacances group and is located in the southern Vendée, in the lively resort of La...

Set in the tranquil and beautiful natural parkland surrounding a 19th-century château, Yelloh! Village Château La Forêt is a lovely site with 259 large pitches...

Domaine des Salins site in Saint Hilairede Riez is situated 800 metres from the beach in the Vendée close to St Jean de Monts and...

Vendée

It’s not only the fine beaches that make this holiday region so appealing – quaint fishing harbours, historic ports and charming towns all create a great holiday atmosphere.

This small but perfectly located region is all about the beach. All 200 km of it. That may sound a little over-simplified but is certainly a magnet for lovers of sun, sea and sand.

Of course, there’s much more for the interested visitor. The Vendée has a wealth of sleepy fishing harbours, historic ports and charming towns that all create a great holiday experience. And with an enviable sunshine record, and famously balmy micro-climate (apparently there are more sunshine hours here than on the French Rivera), it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular tourist areas of France.

Camping in the Vendée

The Vendée is a hugely popular region for camping, partly because it’s an easy place to get to from the UK. Campsites in the Vendée are usually of high quality (competition encourages standards to be high) and many have been in business for decades, gradually improving services and facilities. Of course, as is often the rule of thumb, the closer the campsite to the beach, the smaller the pitches are likely to be. That is sometimes the price to pay for convenience. Moreover, campsites near the beach can be more expensive.

And campsites on the beach can be that much more lively in terms of evening entertainment and general hubbub. For this reason, some prefer to enjoy the day on the beach and then retreat to the more secluded campsites slightly inland. But each to their own!

Beaches of the Vendée

The Vendée is a great choice for children of all ages. The traditional accessory for every child visiting the Vendée is, without doubt, the bucket and spade - and with good reason. From St. Jean-de-Monts to La Tranche-sur-Mer the coast is virtually unbroken with fragrant pine forests leading down to gently shelving sandy beaches.

These are some of France’s finest beaches, with gently shelving golden sands that are reassuringly safe for toddlers as they paddle and splash in the water. Many beaches offer high season kids’ clubs with organised beach activities as well as watersports on offer like sailing, windsurfing, paddleboards and kayaks. It’s generally easy for teenagers and older children to enjoy a degree of independence in safety.

Île de Noirmoutier

The Le Gois causeway (and a modern bridge) connect this once detached island to the mainland. A handful of scattered villages and miles of often empty beach create a magical environment, very different from the mainstream resorts further south. The Plage des Dames, complete with a boardwalk, wooden pier, soft sand and backed by oak trees, mimosa, eucalyptus and fragrant pine trees is hard to beat.

Les Sables d’Olonne

This is a resort where the beaches are so good they named the town after them. It’s one of the major resorts of the Vendée and has a fine, curved seafront and sandy bay. The marina is always a popular haunt with plenty of flashy boats to gawp at, as well as the usual bustle of a working marina and, naturally, some really good restaurants where you can enjoy fantastically fresh seafood. The 15th century Château St Clair is also a popular excursion as is the zoo with its sanctuary for over forty endangered species.

St-Jean-de-Monts

Though quiet for much of the year, St Jean-de-Monts wakes up with a vengeance during the summer months. This is one of the best-known hotspots, with many excellent family campsites jostling for position along the Cote de Lumière. The vast 8 km long beach is a delight with fine sands and no currents to worry parents of young children. It’s frequented by kite surfers and sand yachts, as well as cyclists and horse riders enjoying the shady pines that fringe the shore.

St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

As a change from some of the larger resorts, St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive fishing harbour spanning the river Vie. It is home to Beneteau, the world-leading sailing boat manufacturer and it is truly a town of boats, from the brightly painted fishing boats, the little ferries that ply back and forth to the Ile d’Yeu, to the host of small dinghies and sailing boats that bob up and down in the blue waters and whose white sails are sprinkled across the seascape. It’s no surprise the region is known for the Vendée Globe yacht race, one of the most gruelling nautical challenges in the world.

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

Not far from its larger neighbour, St Gilles, this pleasant town of small whitewashed houses adorned with jauntily painted shutters is also home to the Atlantic Toboggan waterpark on Merlin-Plage. Here a mind-boggling range of pools awaits, with waterslides, flumes, whirlpools and more. The 250-metre thrills of the twisting Boa and the Kamikaz are inevitable highlights.

The Route du Sel

An excursion with a difference is to follow the Route de Sel (or the Salt Route) through the Marais, inland flat expanses of land reclaimed from the sea. Take to the completely calm waters of the waterways that criss-cross the Sallertaine’s ancient salt marshes and find yourself at eye-level to the surrounding marshland with its windmills and wildlife. A wonderful time to do this is early morning when you might start paddling as the atmospheric morning mists begin to burn off, revealing the magically tranquil landscape around you.

Flavours of the Vendée

Not known as a viticultural world-beater, the Vendée does have vineyards around Brem-sur-Mer and Mareuil-sur-Lay, producing light, refreshing wines perfect at the end of a long day in the sun.

A signature dish of the region is jambon-moguettes, a hearty plateful of ham with white beans. Excellent duck comes from Challans where the duck market was a key part of the local economy. And the Brioche de Vendée, the soft, slightly sweet bread served at breakfast is a family favourite. Best of all though is the huge variety of seafood available from the simple but highly prized oyster to the elaborate fish dishes that tempt every passer-by.