Camping in the Vendee
5* Coastal Camping in France’s Vendee Region
The Vendee takes its name from a river running through the south-east of the area. It is a ‘department’ within the Pays de Loire region famed for its campsites, bordered by Loire Atlantique to the north and Charente Maritime to the south.
The famous microclimate, often described as similar to the Cote d’Azur with 2,500 hours of sunshine each year, has been a key factor in the development of numerous camping destinations including many in and around the coastal resorts of Les Sables D’Olonne (famous for the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race), St Jean de Monts, St Gilles Croix de Vie and Jard sur Mer.
In the Vendee, we offer Camping La Garangeoire, a fabulous 5-star campsite with easy access to the region’s 90 miles of fine sand beaches. The site is a founder member of the prestigious Castels Association and has been developed on a 200 hectares estate around a Directoire style chateau built in 1842.
What does the Vendee have to offer your camping trip?
There are a number of attractions for campers and caravaners staying in the Vendee, includingPuy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses - the second most popular attraction in France after Disneyland Paris. There park boasts 5 separate attractions, including Vikings and Richelieu’s Musketeers, each running for 30 – 40 mins.
The main show, Cinescene, takes place in the evening on a huge outdoor stage behind the ruined castle. It reviews 700 years of local history with the largest stage in the world, thousands of actors, hundreds of horses and around 400 fireworks per performance. Not to be missed!
For camping holidaymakers who like to sample the local cuisine, the Vendee has plentiful seafood to try, the region’s speciality is Jambon aux Mogettes, a dish of ham and white beans often washed down with local wines from Brem and Mareuil.
The Vendee region is also the biggest producer of brioche in France including its speciality, Brioche de Vendee - well worth a try, we think.
Getting to the Vendee
Camping in the Vendee is a major element of the local economy and relies on the influx of holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland, as well as the Benelux countries. Happily, travelling to the Vendee has improved over recent years with the traditional ferry / Eurotunnel routes from Dover / Folkestone to Calais and Portsmouth to St Malo / Cherbourg / Caen / Le Havre now complemented by Irish Sea crossings from Cork to Roscoff and Rosslare to Roscoff/Cherbourg.
A popular ferry choice from UK is the 07.30am high speed service from Portsmouth-Cherbourg (arr. 11.30) enabling holidaymakers to arrive at their Vendee campsite by mid-afternoon with the children in the pool by tea-time! Self-drive remains a viable option, as do the ever growing low-cost flight options.
The best way to experience Vendee?
For mobile home holidays in Vendee, we think there’s nowhere better than Camping La Garangeoire - our 5* campsite.
And whilst holiday-goers can find a variety of options for their stay in Vendee, we think that our ‘cottage style’ static mobile homes provide the best available balance. All the mod cons you would expect and the comforts of home as standard, but without the expense of a holiday cottage.
Whether you’re a campsite veteran or looking for your first static mobile-home experience, you’ll be welcome at La Garangeoire.