Luxury rental villas by the sea - Vendee/ Charentes

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With sea, sand and what’s been voted as the World’s Best Theme Park, Le Puy du Fou, the Vendée region on France’s west coast makes for a great holiday destination. Rent a luxury holiday property at one of the thriving seaside resorts dotted along the coast, such as Les Sables d’Olonne, Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie or La Tranche-sur-Mer. The region is packed with natural beauty, sandy beaches and wild open spaces, and its turbulent history has formed a strong cultural identity and sense of pride among the local population. Other gems include picturesque villages like Apremont, Mallièvre, Mouchamps and Vouvant that you won’t want to miss.

Slightly further down the coast is the Charente-Maritime region, another great location with a fabulous selection of luxury holiday properties. Off the coast is the site of the well-known TV adventure game Fort Boyard, an impressive fortress rising from the ocean which can be visited on a boat tour. You can also take a boat out to the nearby islands. The Ile d’Oléron and the Ile d’Aix are both great spots for long walks and quiet beaches. Back on dry land, head to the port town of La Rochelle for an enjoyable family day out. Take the kids to the aquarium, meander around the old town and the harbour, or make the most of being in a region famous for its cognac and take a behind the scenes tour of the distillery to find out exactly how it is made.