Wetlands situated towards the South of the Vendée, also known as La Venise Verte, that were raised above sea-level by the Dutch in the 19th century. Romantic and relaxing punting with or without gondoliers. Abbeys in Nieul-sur-l’Autize and Maillezais.
Book your outing on www.marais-poitevin-tourisme.com
Long sandy beaches stretching along the Vendéen coastline offer heaven for sunbathers, surfers, rock-poolers and swimmers in Les Conches, Jard-sur-Mer, Plage du Veillon. Oyster huts make a great lunch experience at La Guittière. We recommend Saint Denis du Payré Nature Reserve for walks and bird watching, and Clémenceau’s beach house at Saint Vincent-sur-Jard, where he entertained his great friend the painter Monet.
Check info on www.maison-de-clemenceau.fr/en/
La Rochelle, the île de Ré and the île d’Oléron
The historical port is surrounded by restaurants and shops and hosts cultural events throughout the summer (Les Francofolies). Les Minimes, on the outskirts of town, boasts the largest yacht marina in Western Europe. Just off the coast, take the bridge to the île de Ré for people watching, shopping and eating. Further South, the île d’Oléron is worth a visit with a meal at Les Salines restaurant.
Vouvant and Mervent Forest
Check info on naturzoomervent.com
Take the time to stop in the enchanting village of Vouvant on your way back to la Frelonnière with a drink at the Café Mélusine.
The Donjon of Bazoges-en-Pareds offers panoramic views from the parapet, a charming museum and a medieval garden.
Check opening hours here
Puy du Fou
The largest historical theme park in Europe is open all summer for day and night visits.
More info on www.puydufou.com