Best things to do in Vendée and Charente-Maritime

The Vendée and the Charente-Maritime regions are situated about halfway down France’s west coast. While perhaps less well-known than their neighbours Brittany to the north and the Basque country to the south, both these French départements have lots to offer. With long stretches of sandy beaches, a spattering of delightful islands, sand dunes and salt marshes that gradually give way to swathes of inland countryside, they’re a great place to holiday. Each region has its own particularities, but the one thing they both have in common is the sea. Or, more precisely, the Atlantic Ocean.  

Nature and the great outdoors are the watchwords here and they come in many forms, with rugged coastlines, wide open plains and forests steeped in legendary tales just waiting to be explored. And a combination of the local microclimate (warmer than Brittany but milder than the South) and an extensive network of cycle paths make it easy to do just that. 
Vendée has a tumultuous past of wars and uprisings, and a strong regional identity to go with it. Everywhere you go, you’ll find yourself on the traces of rebellious populations and pivotal events with monuments and commemorative sites to attest to them. 
 
The region’s 600 km of coastline attracts surfers and sailors, and houses oyster farms, salt flats and pine groves. There’s always something to visit in Vendée and Charente-Maritime. And did we mention that the weather is remarkably clement? This area gets so much sunshine that the palm trees and mimosa plants imported from the South flourish and thrive here as happily as the region’s holidaymakers. 

About the Region

About the Region

In an area so varied, there’s no shortage of towns worth exploring. Some earned their colours during the Vendée wars and many buildings of historical significance are still visible today. 

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Food and Drink in Vendée and Charente Maritime

Food and Drink in Vendée and Charente Maritime

Two predominant elements of Vendée and the Charente Maritime are pastures and the coast, both of which are reflected in the local cuisine.

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Best things to do in Vendée and Charente Maritime

Best things to do in Vendée and Charente Maritime

This region is brimming with natural and architectural treasures and there’s certainly lots to see and do.

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What's On in Vendée and Charente Maritime - Dates for the Diary

What's On in Vendée and Charente Maritime - Dates for the Diary

Some of the annual festivals and events you won't want to missLa Rochelle International Film Festival – This festival has hosted films from all over the world since it began in 1973. 

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Good to know

Good to know

endée and Charente-Maritime also have a great selection of thalassotherapy spa centres.

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  • Krugen

    Krugen

    Seafront villa. Seaside atmosphere and area characterise this seafront property. Whether it is through the living room's picture windows, from the guestrooms or even the terrace on the garden side, you will always see the ocean. The spacious kitchen

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  • Le Domaine du Moulin

    Le Domaine du Moulin

    Character refined manor, with sea view. From its promontory in the middle of an area of two hectares, the Domaine du Moulin overlooks this legendary coast where earth and sea are melting into each other. The interior, of a refined and grand beauty, airs elegance and harmony

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  • Greens and Golf

    Greens and Golf

    Charming villa with heated pool. With its back to the hill, Greens and Golf offers a magnificent view of the peaceful Pays d'Auge countryside which combines "bocage" and pastureland for as far as the eye can see. Renovated in the style of Normandy timbered houses, this superbly

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  • La Villa sur l Ocean

    La Villa sur l Ocean

    "La Villa sur l'Ocean" is situated in an outstanding location in the moorlands of Brittany on a headland near the ocean and the beaches, just a stone's throw from a charming little village. A stay here offers an opportunity to discover the many facets of this constantly changing marine environment, including vast sandy beaches when...

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  • Sweet Normandy

    Sweet Normandy

    This elegant villa in Normandy is packed with French style and charm. Set amid forests and meadows with long sandy beaches close by, it’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge. Stay in and relax with friends in a cosy atmosphere or head out for fresh air and uplifting coastal walks.

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