Tourism in Vendée

The islands of the Vendee: Noirmoutier and Yeu

Island of Noirmoutier; this pretty island is often called the Isle of Mimosas because of its mild climate which allows Mimosa to flower even in the Winter.

It is dominated by salt marshes, dunes and oak forests.

The Passage du Gois is a popular tourist attraction, passable by car only two times a day when the tide is out.

Yeu Island is only accessible by sea.

Over its 23 km², the Island possesses a diverse range of scenery:

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  • Long beaches with dunes and forests sheltering them
  • wild rocky coastline with white sandy creeks.
  • Wooded park with many as they nestle in the shelter of the foliage of Willows and sloe
  • Low houses roofs the tiles flaps and color
  • Plenty of flora and fauna means this island is full of colour throughout the year.

Park

Maulévrier Oriental Park

Beach

Sauveterre naturist beach

Activities

Mecamax – Kart & Quad

Wildlife

Aquarium de Vendée

Discovery

The City of Birds

Wildlife

Haras of la Roche sur Yon

Activities

O’Gliss Park

Beach

Mine Beach

Beach

Dames Beach

Discovery

River House

Activities

City Zèbres

Beach

Veillon Beach

Park

Court d’Aron floral park

Wildlife

Butterfly Island

Beach

Normandelière Beach

Beach

Les Sables d’Olonne

Wildlife

Finfarine’s Folly

Beach

Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

Wildlife

Zoo of les Sables d’Olonne

Beach

Noirmoutier Island

Park

Le Jardin du Vent (The Wind Garden)

Beach

Yeu Island

Discovery

The Salt Route

Activities

Adventurers’ Castle

Discovery

The Bocage hot-air balloons

Beach

Les Dunes Beach

camping

Camping la Garangeoire

Activities

Puy du Fou

Park

Le Potager Extraordinaire

Beach

Sauzaie Beach

Park

Loriot Gardens

Activities

Le Grand Défi – Forest Adventure

Discovery

Les Salines by boat

History and Heritage in Vendée

Take a step back and discover the history of the Vendée!

You will find many vestiges of differents periods: the prehistory of the Vendée wars throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Revolution.

The  megalithic sites of the island of Yeu defy the centuries, the castles such as Tiffauges, the Manors such as Chabotterie, Renaissance castles like the Puy du Fou which commemorates every year the rich history of the Vendée…

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Castles of all ages, all styles, in good condition or as a ruin, you will discover the history of the Vendée.

The vendee emphasizes rich heritage of religious art with its abbeys, Romanesque and Gothic churches.

Our museums, outdoor museums and also the Historial de la Vendée commemorate the history of the department.

Wine in the Vendée

Hundreds of wine growers established in a limited area have launched themselves into the great adventure of wine producing under the banner the “Fiefs Vendéens“.

This movement officially started in 1963 with the creation of the label “Les Anciens Fiefs du Cardinal”, afterwards renamed “Vins de Pays des Fiefs Vendeens” in 1973, and finally achieving the right to produce the Crus de Mareuil, Brem sur Mer, Chantonnay, Vix and Pissotte under the mark “Vins Delimites de Qualite Superior” (VDQS) in 1984. Since February 2011 they benefit from the AOC.

The different personalities of these wines… White wine that’s fresh and light, Rose that’s perfect for accompanying fish and seafood and a rather remarkable Red wine, highly respected.

Benefitting the from the Vendee sunshine, more than the national average, the White, Rose and Red produced by the four regions of the Vendee create wine with a delicate bouquet and an original, strong aroma.

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In the higher region of Mareuil; Gamay , Cabernet or Pinot Vines create a wine with a fruity nose and an aroma of cassis. The wines based in the lower region of Brem combined with vines from Groleau gris and Chenin create clear fresh wine that often has a discreet aroma of apples.

Further South East, the small vineyards of Vix and Pissotte produce a wine with a generous nature! Originally the same Vines as the other regions but combined with Sauvignon for Vix and Melon de Bourgogne for Pissotte.

You can of course visit many different vineyards….but La Garangeoire are delighted to suggest a visit to the Mareuil Vineyards and the Jean Maison Mourat cellar. Please, just ask for details.

Vendée beaches

Whilst Staying at La Garangeoire discover the beaches and harbours of the Vendee. Combine relaxing, sea fishing and other water activities.

The beaches nearest to La Garangeoire are at Bretignolles sur Mer approx 12kms away:

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LES DUNES beach:

– Long beach with fine sand which stretches just over 3,2km.
– Ideal for a long afternoons sunbathing and swimming.
– Separate zone for swimmers and reserved zone for surfing.

La NORMANDELIERE beach:

–  relax on this fine sandy beach, ideal for young children.
– plenty of water sports, surfing and sailing plus lessons available.
– Behind the dunes there is a former lake, which is now equipped with netts and goals for ball games in the sand
– Lovely walks and cycle paths along the top of the dunes overlooking the sea.
– Special assistance available for the disabled.

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La SAUZAIE beach:

A beach on a rocky part of the coast with great waves. This beach is perhaps the most well known amongst surfers who come to the Vendee.

Beaches and harbours to discover

Les Sables d’Olonne (The Departure harbour of the famous Vendée Globe)
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie (Fishing harbour)
Veillon beach, in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire
Mine beach, in Jard sur Mer
Dames beach, in Noirmoutier
The naturist beach Sauveterre, in Olonne-sur-Mer
Minimes beach in La Rochelle
and lots more to discover…

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