Gourmet Trails

The aim of these gourmet trails is to introduce visitors to the local gastronomy, improving in leaps and bounds, its high-quality products and its talented new and young producers. Here are five gourmet trails that will take you to all four corners of Vendée.

Les Sables d'Olonne trail

A coastal town and France's fourth-largest fishing port for the value of its landed products, Les Sables-d'Olonne is a popular destination for anyone wishing to try local seafood: noble fish like sole, as well as squid, hake, bass, sablaise sardines, mackerel, monkfish and John Dory are all on display through the seasons.

Saint Gilles Croix de Vie trail

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is not just a place, it's an art de vivre. Generous and refined, the region offers a thousand and one flavours to please the most discerning palates. The local fare combines tasty morsels from land and sea, a delicious mélange that is sure to whet the appetite.

Noirmoutier island

A trip to Noirmoutier is a wonderful assault on the senses with its oysters, sea bass, sole, early potatoes and salt. The island is a little corner of paradise in the Atlantic and is very popular with tourists. Yet this small island thrives all year round thanks to the men and women who shape and cultivate the land with passion...

Vendée Vallée

The friendly and cheerful spirit of the Vendée Vallée comes through in its tastes and flavours and its culinary traditions of which the mogette bean is the symbol. Another speciality is brioche, distinctive for its subtle flavours of sugar, brandy and orange blossom. What's more, the diversity of the Vendée Vallée terroir is also expressed through its Fiefs Vendéens wines...

"Inland" Southern Vendée

Due to its geographical location, Southern Vendée boasts a rich and diverse terroir. The local cuisine features plenty to delight food lovers and those with insatiable appetites, including melon, mogette beans, Vendée ham and brioche, as well as more typical dishes such as farci poitevin (stuffed herb pâté) and préfou (garlic bread), both of which are traditionally enjoyed as a starter.

"Coastal" Southern Vendée

Southern Vendée is a land of multiple treasures and delicious maritime cuisine. Come and explore the real Southern Vendée and sample the local mussels, fish and oysters - products that stand out with local stamps of authenticity and labels.