Vendee, a department of central France on the West Coast's Atlantic Bay of Biscay. Vendee is a beautiful rural department with a range of landscapes, from the rocky, beach covered coast to deep forests, from salt marshes to the rolling hills and lush valleys of the hinterland. There is a massive range of accommodation available here, including villas, gites, and holiday cottages for rent, so there are no shortage of holiday lettings in Vendee for use as a base for a magnificently varied holiday, or as a base to walk, cycle and ride through the stunning countryside.
The unspoilt beaches from the Bay of Bourgneuf to L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer are a massive attraction when looking for Vendee accommodation. With 160km of sandy beaches to choose from, there is something to suit everyone. However, the beaches at Les Sables-d'Olonne and St Jean de Monts are particularly nice, and have been awarded European blue flags.
Vendee is a favourite for walking, cycling and horse riding as the varied rural expanses of the French countryside are not only flat, but dotted with magnificent views, points of interest and villas. The variety of scenery just adds to the lure of walking, cycling and horse riding holidays to Vendee.
Fishing in Vendee is hugely popular. A villa or gite in Vendee not only allows you the flexibility to enjoy superb deep sea fishing in the Atlantic, but also fish the rivers of the Vendee, Sevre Nantaise, the Lay and the Sevre Niortaise.
The lush greens of Saint Jean de Monts, Port Bourgenay and Olonne sur Mer give not only great sport, but fabulous views to be enjoyed from the privacy of a Vendee self catering cottage.
Boating is of course a favourite way to enjoy your day in Vendee. Sailing in yachts, catamarans and boats in the Atlantic is of particular note, but playing on the river in a canoe or small boat is also a fun way to spend a day from any Vendee villa.
The marshland of Marais Poitevin are a wildlife haven, where tourists can be enchanted by the magnificent scenery and array of wildlife. The rolling countryside of Bocage and forests of Mervent are particularly good for walking and cycling too.
With such a long history lasting through the Hundred Years War and Roman eras, Vendee has many celebrated historical sites. Bringing its history to life through the historical theme park at Puy du Fou, Vendee holidays are both fun and fascinating!
Vendee boasts the most number of hours of sunshine on the French Atlantic Coast. Temperatures during July and August average at around 25°C, and winters remain remarkable mild, which makes taking a holiday rental gite in Vendee a treat for walking, cycling, riding, golf and sightseeing throughout the year.
The best way to access a villa in Vendee is to get as flight to Nantes (NTE). Flights leave regularly from London Stansted (STN), Nottingham (NQT) and Shannon (SNN). For cheap flights to Vendee, Ryanair or British Airways usually offer the best deals, but there are regular offers from other providers on cheap flights to the holiday gites in Vendee.