Nature and countryside

The department of Vendée offers a range of surprising landscapes which include Ile d'Yeu and Noirmoutier islands, jewels of the Vendée coast, the Marais Breton on doorstep of the islands, fine sandy beaches, famous seaside resorts, the Bocage steeped in history, not to mention the Marais Poitevin...

Yeu island

Explore incredibly beautiful landscapes on the island with friends or family. Enjoy the charms of the wild coastline listed as a "natural site" with its steep cliffs overlooked by the formidable "Vieux château" in Ile d'Yeu. The coastal path, which is currently being designated as a GR (Grande Randonnée) path, as well as the interior network, make the island a wonderful location for walkers. Use the sign-posted routes as your guide and take your time with a leisurely ramble. 

Noirmoutier island

Nicknamed mimosa island due to its exceptional microclimate, Noirmoutier is a seaside paradise for nature lovers. It boasts blue salt-water wetlands which stretch over a third of the island, warm windswept sand dunes, and delicate scents from the holly oaks, strawberry trees and marine pines... Tucked away in the hollows of Bois de la Chaise, the large villas exemplify Noirmoutier and stand as witnesses to La Belle Époque and "sea bathing". Tourism and "classic yachting" were born in these sandy inlets facing the mainland.

Sea and beaches

Do you like fine sandy beaches and a wild coastline? The Vendéen coastline is sure to please with its 250 km of protected coast which includes 140 km of sandy beaches. It boasts excellent bathing water quality and gently sloping beaches which guarantee fun and safety for all the family on holiday in the Vendée. The Vendée is a real favourite for enthusiasts of all types of water sports.

Seaside resorts

There are 18 famous seaside resorts on the Vendéen coast. Each resort has its own particular character.

The Marais Breton

The Vendée Marais Breton covers 45,000 hectares of canals, wet meadows and polders unique in France. There you will see the ditches which drain the marsh and the canals which join the salty marshland to the sea. There are four ports with berths aground, one of which is Port du Bec, a listed site, also know as the "Chinese port" because of its wooden jetties which look like bamboo structures.

Vendée Valley

In the Bocage, history and verdant nature combine around broom bushes, winding rivers, abbeys and chateaux. History can be found round every corner.

The Marais Poitevin

A remnant of the former Gulf of Poitou, the Marais Poitevin is one of the most beautiful man-made landscapes there is. A stone's throw from the marshes are picturesque villages nestled around the Mervent-Vouvant forest.