The Vendée is nestled in the north west of France and is famed for the broad sweep of Atlantic coast that hugs the region. Miles of sandy beach and wide expanses of sea come as standard with any trip to the Vendée. The seaside is, of course, also the place for yacht racing -in which the Vendée Globe is the undisputed world leader. Surfers and kite-surfers head for the “spots” around Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, site of regular international championships.

The Vendée has a maritime climate that brings mild weather all year round, said to be a microclimat and ensures sunshine over the department. The West of the Vendee has more than 2300 hours of sunshine per year. This is similar to that of the departments of southern France. Hence the origin of its name “Côte de Lumière”.

But there is a lot more to explore if you can tear yourself away from the coast. Think wine-tasting, hiking, medieval games and comedy festivals. Known for its coastline and sandy beaches, marshes and preserved natural areas, 800 kilometers of bicycle routes, its turbulent history during the Revolution, today the Vendee is the second largest tourist department of France and there is still more to discover …

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.

Gastronomic reputation

The gastronomic reputation of the Vendée rests on the fine sea-salt known as “fleur de sel” and the delicate “Bonnotte” potato; on the delicious prune sweets called “min-mins”; on “mogettes”, the cooked white beans that often accompany local ham; and on magnificent giant brioches. The picture would not be complete without mentioning the wild sloes that flavour the local aperitif Troussepinette, and of the vineyards that produce the AOC wines of Brem, Vix, Mareuil, Pissotte and Chantonnay.

The campsite

Juliette found a beautiful and very comfortable campsite for you which fully meets its high demands: La Garangeoire.

-Campsite La Garangeoire
St. Julien des Landes – Vendée