La Roche sur Yon is the administrative capital of the Vendee department of the Pays de Loire region, of north western France. Located approximately 20 miles from the coast, visitors looking to spend their holidays in La Roche sur Yon will find that the town is the ideal base for exploring the Atlantic coastline, as well as discovering the delights of the Loire valley farther inland. There is a great selection of self catering accommodation available for rental here, such as apartments, villas and traditional rustic farmhouses.
Located towards the geographical centre of Vendee, visitors spending their holidays in La Roche sur Yon will find that the main tourist attractions of the department are all within a short drive from the town. To the west lie the coastal resorts of Les Sables d’Olonne, Saint Jean de Montes and La Tranche sur Mer. Here visitors may relax and top up their tan on the long expanses of sandy beaches, many of which have achieved blue flag status for their cleanliness. They may also enjoy water sports, such as surfing and kite-sailing which are especially popular on the more exposed Atlantic coastline.
Visitors spending their holidays in La Roche sur Yon will find that not only are the more obvious attractions of the coastal resorts close by - there are also a number of interesting historical landmarks, buildings and specialist museums to be discovered. Nature lovers will find that the protected marshland area, Marais Poitevin, is the perfect location for spotting the region’s indigenous wildlife in their natural habitat. The young and young at heart may wish to visit the popular Puy du Fou historical theme park, located to the north of La Roche sur Yon. For large city attractions, such as cinemas, theatres and a spot of retail therapy, Nantes is less than an hour’s drive away.
Many travellers looking to spend their holidays in La Roche sur Yon are drawn by the Vendee’s mild temperate climate. Summer temperatures regularly reach the mid-20s degrees Celsius; whilst in winter the temperatures average around 11 degrees Celsius. This region of France receives an average annual rainfall of around 24 inches.
Tourists looking to enjoy their holidays in La Roche sur Yon will find that Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) is the nearest international airport. There are a number of airlines operating regular and affordable flights from the UK to this busy airport. These airlines include easyJet, Flybe and Ryanair, Operating flights from such regional airports as London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN) and East Midlands (EMA).