The French département of Vendee is located on the west coast of France on the Atlantic Ocean. The natural landscape of sandy beaches along the coastline contrasts with the undulating woodlands and marshes, attracting many visitors to the département year after year.
There is a range of seaside resorts and activities waiting to be discovered, which are perfect for family holidays and romantic getaways for couples looking for both long and short stays. There are holiday cottages in Vendee available all over the département, both close to the coast and further inland.
As one of the sunniest places in France there are nearly 2,500 hours of sunshine a year and long, hot, dry summers. The rest of the year is also mild with pleasant autumn and spring seasons with mild to cool winters. The sea offers a delightful breeze when the weather is hot as well as a wealth of activities. The hilly, mountainous areas with woodlands and forests of the département offer a cooler temperature, which can be a refreshing break during the summer months.
Vendee has a selection of thrilling activities and relaxing pursuits depending on what you are looking for when staying at holiday cottages. Vendee’s coastline is home to a variety of water-sports such as windsurfing, scuba diving and catamaran sailing, perfect for seeking thrills or expending energy while enjoying the beach. More leisurely activities available in the département include golfing in the lush greens, fishing in the rivers and streams or even enjoying spa treatments that centre on the natural resources from the ocean.
The coast is home to a group of cycling, walking and riding paths where visitors can travel the length of the coast and enjoy some incredible sights.
There are also some stunning parks and gardens in the département such as The Floral and Tropical Park of the Court d’Aron at Saint Cyr en Talmondais. This beautiful park features flora from all over the world including Asian lotus flowers, orchids, tulips, Japanese iris, Iceland poppies, banana plantations and much more. The striking lakes and rivers in the regional parks of Vendee can be explored by rowing boat.
Holiday cottages in Vendee are in the perfect position to enjoy the many gastronomic delights of the area. With the département being on the coast there is a rich variety of ocean delights such as oysters, sardines, mussels, sole and tuna. Mogette beans are grown in the area and are used as an accompaniment to ham and other meats. There are many farms inland that produce quality poultry, beef, lamb and pork and the département also produces its own foie gras like much of France. Vendee is also renowned for its sweet things such as delicious brioche, flan maraîchin (custard tart) and gâche (another sweet bread much like brioche).
There are many museums to explore the history of the area such as Vendee Automobile museum, which was opened in 1939 and has over 200 vehicles. L’Historial de la Vendee is another fascinating day out where visitors can explore thousands of years of history, while letting children enjoy the children’s museum.
There is so much to explore in this département that when you stay at holiday cottages in Vendee there is always something new to explore. The city of Nantes just north of Vendee also offers a variety of attractions as well as many other places such as Poitiers and île d’Yeu, an island just a short distance from the mainland.