Holidaymakers looking for a fun vacation in the west of France might like to try the commune of Chantonnay in the Pays de la Loire region. Located in the Vendee department this is a delightful area with many things for tourists to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, villas and apartments.
Hiking, cycling and horse riding are good ways to explore the wonderful scenery in and around Chantonnay. The coast is just an hour away and there are some lovely sandy beaches to be found that are perfect for sunbathing and relaxing in the sun. Holidaymakers can enjoy a swim the Atlantic Ocean along with various watersports such as surfing, wind surfing, sailing and water skiing. The lakes and rivers in this department offer some enjoyable boat trips as well as good fishing. Golf fans will find several golf courses within an hour’s drive of Chantonnay including ones at Mazières-en-Gâtine and Cholet. There are a few good restaurants, bars and cafes in this area serving fine French fare. Some shops and markets can be found as well where self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and beverages.
Visitors to Chantonnay will find many interesting places in the area. For example, just 10 minutes from Chantonnay is the Castle of Sigournais. About 25 kilometres away is Puy Du Fou at Les Epesses, one of the best theme and amusement parks in the country. Of historic interest is the House of Georges Clemenceau, which is a National Monument of France and is less than an hour from Chantonnay. The city of Nantes is about an hour’s drive away and has many visitor attractions. There are lots of churches, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul as well as several museums and a planetarium. Amongst the many historic buildings in the city is the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, and visitors can also enjoy the lovely parks and gardens located in Nantes.
July and August are the warmest months of the year in the Pays de la Loire region with average high temperatures of 24 degrees centigrade. January is the coolest month with average highs of 8 degrees and lows of 2 degrees centigrade. The wettest time is generally between November and January with an average of 85mm precipitation per month. June to August sees an average of about 45mm rainfall per month.
Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) is approximately a one hour drive from Chantonnay and has flights from various French and European airports. These include Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN), Dublin (DUB), Geneva (GVA), London-Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN) and Milan-Malpensa (MXP) amongst others. Car rental firms including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National/Citer are located at the airport. The service desks are next to the car rental parking lot.