Our Favourite Beaches in the Vendée
I hope that you will come to love them as much as we do!
Our closest beach - La Faute sur Mer
You can park for free at the casino car park – this leads directly onto the beach, with just a short walk through the sand dunes. Recently, the town has placed groups of trendy pallet furniture along the length of the beach – big armchairs – where you can sit and eat your lunch or read a book.
The town of La Faute sur Mer is only a short walk from the main beach entrance – great for when you need an ice cream or lunch! We love to visit the Creperie la Paysanne on the Avenue de la Plage – in winter they have a roaring open fire in the restaurant – just what you need after a brisk walk on the beach. If you love seafood, you will be spoilt for choice with a selection of restaurants in La Faute.
Bustling seaside town - La Tranche sur Mer
If you enjoy a spot of sea fishing then you can hang out on the pier, having a natter with some of the others hoping to get their ‘catch of the day’ for dinner.
Advice for summer: Arrive early if you want to park your car in the main 500 place central car park – it can get very busy! It is also paid parking. An alternative is to use the Park & Ride facility located on the way in to La Tranche – leave the car and get the bus in to the centre.
Good for Surfing/bodyboarding - La Terrière and Les Conches
Les Conches has a selection of beach side café kiosks open in the summer months, so you won’t have to walk far to get an ice cream or snack during the day.
Rock pools - St Vincent-sur-Jard & Jard-sur-Mer
The area is also known as a Jurassic Coastline – with many fossils found in the rocks, so keep your eyes peeled and you never know what you might find!
Long & Sandy beach at Les Sables d'Olonne
The beach is long, flat and sandy and stretches for around 5km – so plenty of space for everyone – even on a busy summer’s day. I would advise to park up in the zoo area, before you get to the main town centre – parking is easier, there is a lovely park to walk through and the beach is less crowded. Perhaps drive in to the centre for a late afternoon stroll along the promenade, or sit in one of the many beach side cafés and people-watch!
Veillon Plage near to Port Bourgenay - River Estuary & Coastal Walks
I love to visit this beach in the late afternoon to watch the sun set on the golden sand and see the reflections in the water of the meandering estuary of the River Payré that flows into the sea to the south side of the beach.
This beach has everything! Shape-shifting sand dunes behind the beach, rock pools at low tide, perfect sand for making sand castles and chilled out cafés at the entrance – playing soft music into the evening. What more could you want?
If you visit the beach at Veillon, my advice would be to get there early! The main reason for this is that the car park is not so big and the roadside parking stretches back for a couple of kilometres – so you could end up having to walk a long way to the beach! Mid-afternoon is usually manic in summer, as French tourists love to visit the beach at that time!
Man-made beach - L'Aiguillon sur Mer
Well, let me explain…..
Aiguillon sur Mer sits on the land-side of the wide river estuary of the Lay as it flows out into the sea. It has its own little fleet of fishing boats all moored up along the estuary banks – very pretty at sunset. Next to this estuary is a lock-controlled ‘plan d’eau’ that is filled with water from Spring until late Autumn. On two sides of the water basin, a man made beach has been created – with lovely golden sand.
In one corner, there is a children’s play area – with helter-skelter and small play equipment. This is great for young children as they are securely fenced-in and the equipment is fixed into the sand.
The Bar O’Quai is close to this playground and I love sitting on the outside terrace with a glass of rosé wine and a plate of French cheese & charcuterie! You can have your feet in the sand whilst sipping on a cocktail!
Your toddlers and young children will love playing on the beach as there are no waves in the water and it remains quite shallow. The sand is good for making sand castles.
If you carry on walking for a couple more minutes you will reach the Atlantic Wake Park – if you like water skiing or skateboarding, then this may be for you – water skiing around a circuit with jumps and obstacles!
If I have whetted your appetite for a visit to the Vendée, then please have a look at the rest of our Maison Lairoux website to book your next visit to France.
Maison Lairoux: Family friendly, dog friendly and open all year - a perfect place for a family holiday in spring and summer, or for those who like to get out and about in nature in autumn and winter.
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