Les Sables d’Olonne
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:
Les Sables d’Olonne
Sauveterre naturist beach
Les Salines by boat
Camping la Garangeoire
The City of Birds
Le Jardin du Vent (The Wind Garden)
Court d’Aron floral park
Mecamax – Kart & Quad
Maulévrier Oriental Park
Aquarium de Vendée
Les Dunes Beach
Le Grand Défi – Forest Adventure
The Bocage hot-air balloons
Puy du Fou
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie
Zoo of les Sables d’Olonne
Haras of la Roche sur Yon
The Salt Route
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…
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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