Why the Vendee should be your next holiday destination

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The Vendee, located on the West Coast of France has long been an ideal destination for families looking for some summer sun.
Here are our Top 10 reasons why the Vendee should be your next holiday destination of choice:
1. Climate
With its own micro-climate, the Vendee can see summer temperatures easily soar to 30 degrees, along with sunshine hours to rival the Riviera; not to mention average sea temperatures of 20 degrees.
2. Coastline
The Vendee coastline stretches an impressive 200km, the majority of which are white sandy beaches that slope gently into the clear blue Atlantic Ocean; perfect for sunbathing and swimming
3. Location, Location, Location
It has never been so easy to get to the Vendee thanks to more frequent ferry crossings with Brittany Ferries, the ease of the Eurotunnel, and low cost airlines.
Once you’re on terra firma the French motorway system means you could be in the Vendee in under 3 hours.
4. Tour de Franc
Thanks to over 1000km of cycle paths that wind along the coastline, through the pine forests and across the salt marshes, it is an easy and safe way to admire the landscape of the Vendee
5. Sea, Surf and Sailing
Located on the Atlantic Coast, the Vendee is renowned for its sea (and salt marsh) based activities. With some of the best waves for surfing, schools for sailing, and salt marshes for canoeing; the Vendee has all your water based activities covered.
6. City Sightseeing
Who needs St. Tropez when you have La Rochelle- THE place where Parisians holiday. The pretty harbour city not only has style but substance, with ties to the Plantagenet Family, Knights Templar and Hundred Years War.
7. Attractions for All
From Castles to Car museums; historical re-enactments at the award winning Puy du Fou, to the futuristic theme park at Futuroscope, the Vendee has something for everyone.
8. Beach to boutique….
Because who doesn’t like to pick up a souvenir or two, and if they come in a designer sac, c’est la vie! With some of the best shopping locations outside Paris, you can go from beach to boutique in one fell swoop.
Head to Atlantis Shopping Centre just outside Nantes for high street shops, and designer brands, restaurants and children’s play zones.
If you like your purchases to come with a bit more history, then head to Passage Pommeraye, Nantes answer to the Champs Elysees.
9. Food Glorious Food
France is synonymous with good food, and the Vendee is no exception. A trip to the Vendee wouldn’t be complete without a meal overlooking the harbour at Les Sables d’ Olonne, especially if you’re fortunate enough to visit when the world famous yacht race, The Vendee Globe is underway.
10. Gay Paris!
If you have time after you’ve been sightseeing, sunbathing, surfing, shopping and supping, then why not head to Paris.
Only a 4hour drive from the Vendee, the French capital could offer a few more days of exploration (and shopping, and eating!) before heading home.