Gites in Sigournais
Family friendly holiday homes in the Vendée
Gallery of Local Tourist Attractions
There is so much to do in the Vendée - you'll need at least a week, or possibly two to see all of the main attractions!
Here is a gallery of some of our favourite activities
The Amazing Puy du Fou Theme Park - be transported back to the Age of the Gladiators, Vikings, Medieval Knights, Musketeers and Napoleonic Sailors. Not forgetting the Fantastic Bird of Prey show - nor the Cinéscenié Evening show.
A 'Must See' for a visit to the Vendée and the second most visited tourist attraction after the Eiffel Tower.
Futuroscope - A great day out for the family. Located near to Poitiers, this park will thrill you with its simulator rides and hi-tech amusements.
There's a great water play area for the kids, 3D Cinema experiences and you can even dance with Robots! Plan to spend a whole day there!
La Rochelle is the Jewel of local seaside towns! In summer the town is bustling with street markets, evening entertainment and restaurants spilling out onto the streets.
There are shopping streets filled with pretty boutiques, an Aquarium, boat trips to the nearby islands or just a perfect place to sample some of the locally caught seafood!
Travel over the bridge at La Rochelle and visit the pretty ile de Ré - with its winding cobbled streets bordered with hollyhocks. Walk through the colourful market in La Flotte, then sit in one of the harbour-side restaurants and have Moules & Frites for lunch.
Relax on one of the many pale sandy beaches before heading back to the 'Mainland'
Les Sables d'Olonne - a vibrant seaside town with a harbour full of local restaurants selling freshly caught crab, lobster or fish! Take a water taxi to the other side of the harbour.
Take a stroll along the long seafront promenade - don't forget to stop off at the pretty Ile de Penotte with its colourful shell mosaics!
For a relaxing day out - visit the seaside town of La Tranche sur Mer - miles of clean sand, plus a seaside town with lots of cafés, bars and restaurants - not forgetting the ice cream parlours!
Learn to surf or bodyboard, build sandcastle or stay late into the evening taking in some of the entertainment laid on over the summer months.
For out of season holidays - the beaches are an ideal spot for birdwatching and nature lovers - wide open spaces and sometimes the whole beach to yourselves!
The Vendée is home to lots of migratory birds (cranes, heron, ibis) and small mammals (deer, boar, coypu)
Dogs are allowed on the beaches in winter.
The forest at Mervent is full of surprises - with walking trails and picnic spots, plus a lake where you can hire sailing boats or sit at the water's edge on the terrace of a local restaurant.
There is also the Natur'Zoo with its Red Pandas, baby giraffe and meerkats - perfect for younger children!
For a quiet & peaceful day out head to the Marais Poitevin. This Regional Park is home to a network of canals and pretty towns & villages.
You can hire a boat at Coulon and punt along the canals, followed by lunch in a riverside restaurant, and then explore the ruined abbey at Maillezais or Neuil sur l'Autize
If you like vibrant cities, then a day out in Nantes is for you! Stop off at the Ile des Machines where you can ride on a mechanical elephant, then follow the Green Line through the city - guiding you past all of the main attractions - the Chateau des Ducs, the Art Nouveau Café Cigalle, the Park with the giant sleeping cat and the amazing 1920's shopping arcade.
The area around Chantonnay is home to the local 'Train à Vapeur' (Steam train) and you can travel along a few miles of newly restored tracks between Mortagne and St Laurent on one of their steam trains - there is even a restaurant car on one that looks like it is straight out of the Orient Express!
Book in advance as they are very popular!