Located in the Medoc region on the southwest coast of France is the village of Vendays-Montalivet. The village is surrounded by lush green farmlands and vineyards, and has some of the best French surfing beaches in the Montalivet-les-Baines area. The lovely climate, glorious beaches and excellent cuisine have made the area a popular destination for weekend breaks or relaxing family holidays.
Vendays-Montalivet is well situated to take advantage of water sports as well as inland attractions and activities. The beaches are ideal for surfing, sailing, water skiing, kite surfing and wind surfing, or visitors can stretch out on the soft sand and enjoy soaking up the sun. There is also a naturist camp in Montalivet.
The inland area has 40km of excellent trails for mountain biking, horse riding and hiking, making Vendays-Montalivet farmhouses an excellent choice for walking holidays. This area is also the most famous wine-producing region of France. Wine connoisseurs can sample the best of Bordeaux and Medoc vineyards during a guided tour of the wine region, or during wine tasting trips.
Every day during the summer there is a colourful open-air market at Montalivet, with over 200 stalls. Here you will find everything from local produce such as oysters, wine and fresh fish, to rugs from Morocco and silk from India. It is also a great place to sample local French cuisine such as Lyon sausages, Basque pies and cakes and seafood dishes.
Golfers can enjoy around of golf at nearby courses, including the 36-hole Medoc Golf Course in Louens, the Vignes Golf Course and the championship Chateaux Golf Course.
The historic city of Bordeaux makes an excellent day trip for visitors to cottages in Vendays-Montalivet. Tourist attractions in the city include Victory Arch, a great example of ancient Roman architecture, the tower of Saint-Michel, Musee D'Aquitaine, Place de la Bourse and the Saint-André Cathedral. There are daily sightseeing excursions for those who want to see the main attractions in a short space of time.
The climate in Vendays-Montalivet is mild, thanks to westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean. Winters are cool but short, with temperatures around 6°C. Summers are long and mild, enjoying temperatures around 24°C.
The closest international airport is located in Bordeaux (BOD), 80km away from accommodation in Vendays Montalivet. BMI, easyJet and Flybe all provide direct, cheap flights to Bordeaux from various airports in the UK, including Southampton(SOU), Bristol (BRS), Birmingham (BHX), Manchester (MAN) and London airports. From the airport visitors can hire a car and enjoy the scenic drive through vineyards and farmland to their Vendays Montalivet accommodation.