Sailing and boating holidays in France
Sun, sea and sailing – the three magic words to set an old salt’s heart alight. And whether you like water-skiing behind a boat or relaxing with a glass of wine while enjoying the view from one, a caravan holiday with Siblu is the perfect choice.
Not only do all of our holiday villages offer water activities, one of them actually has a dock and boat launch so you can take your own boat on holiday with you!
La Réserve holiday park in Aquitaine has a private marina for mooring boats, so you can come here knowing yours has a berth as comfortable as yours. You can also pull your sailing dinghy up on the beach at our boat launch. Many people even keep their boats here in the low season as there is secure storage in the nearby village when you’re away.
Learning to sail in France
If you don’t have your own boat, you can hire dinghies at La Réserve. There is also tuition available for all levels and ages, from our partners Nautil Club and Ski Club, so no one need feel left out. The calm lake, surrounded by beautiful pine forest, is brilliant for beginners and in the afternoon a good breeze often builds up for some exciting sailing for the more experienced.
Younger members of the family may want to stretch their sea legs with paddle-boarding and catamaran sailing before joining you on the boat. Other members may want to enjoy the sun and peaceful scenery from the comfort of the lakeside bar… Whatever seafaring activity (or inactivity) you choose, you’ll find everything you need at our holiday village.
Vendée – home to the Vendée Globe
Les Sables d’Olonne in the Vendée is, of course, the start and finish point for the famous single-handed round-the-world sailing event the Vendée Globe – the ‘Everest of the seas’. After sailing south down the Atlantic, participants sail from west to east via the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn before heading back to France’s west coast.
You may not be entering the race (this year!) but being there at the start, surrounded by cheering crowds and tinkling halyards, couldn’t be a better focus for a low-season visit to Vendée. After all, you can spend the summer weeks practising your moves so at least you can supply an informed opinion about the outcome.
As you’d imagine, facilities for experienced and would-be sailors are extensive in the region and our holiday villages Le Bois Masson (large and lively!) and Le Bois Dormant (a bit more laid back…) are the ideal base from which to launch your adventures. You can also reassure the landlubbers in the group that there’s plenty to entertain them at the campsite – from sports to restaurants to local sightseeing – while you’re out ‘taking the water’.