Welcome to Vendée 

 

Visit the beautiful Vendée region for a quintessentially French camping holiday in an idyllic spot. Situated on the West Coast near the Loire Valley, south of Nantes and north of La Rochelle, the sparkling, sun-soaked “Côte de Lumière” boasts kilometres of Blue Flag sandy beaches. Our two holiday parks in the region, Le Bois Masson and Le Bois Dormant, are the perfect places to settle in for a beach holiday. 

 

Our Parks in Vendée

Saint-Jean-de-Monts

A welcoming atmosphere and a home away from home for all the family await you at Le Bois Masson. Located less than 3km from the region’s famous long sandy beaches, the park is the ideal base for holidaymakers of all ages. Cycling enthusiasts will be pleased to know that this area also boasts miles and miles of cycle paths for you to explore with your family.

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Beach 2.5km away
heated, covered pool
2 heated pools (1 covered)
All ages
Free access to nearby sister park, Le Bois Dormant
Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Located just outside the charming town of St Jean de Monts, Le Bois Dormant makes the perfect base for a family getaway in the Vendée region. The park boasts a great pool complex with 3 pools, slides, kids’ clubs, a spa bath, bar and restaurant. There's something for everyone to enjoy! 

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Beach 2.5km away
Slides
Waterslides, paddling pool and spa bath
All ages
Free access to nearby sister park, Le Bois Masson

What to Expect from a Trip to the Region

 

Campsites Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson are in the delightful town of St Jean de Monts, with its golden beaches calling out for games in the sand – it must be time to dig out that frisbee! Then there are the water sports, be it swimming, wind surfing, land yachts or dinghies. Not to mention cycle paths and even nearby golf courses. Yet more glorious beaches are to be found at Les Sables d’Olonne, and its marina is a great spot to watch the yachts go by. Whereas the Atlantic swell will be an irresistible lure to surf enthusiasts at La Tanchet… 

 

Why choose Vendée?

Atlantic Coast Beaches

140 km of sandy beaches, great for water sports

Great cycling

The largest departmental cycle network in France

Island hopping

Visit the beautiful Yeu and Noirmoutier islands

Delicious culinary specialities

From fresh seafood to the famous local brioche

Explore other regions in France

The stunning Rhone Alps region stretches from Lake Geneva in the north to Provence and the Cevennes in the south. This eastern corner of France is all about forests, mountains, rivers and fresh air, and Siblu’s holiday park, Les Rives de Condrieu, is the perfect exploring base.

Brittany is France's north westernmost tip that reaches bravely outwards to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a delightful area to discover, and being well served with ferry ports bringing it even closer to Ireland. And there are many other reasons to choose Siblu holiday park, Domaine de Kerlann, Le Conguel or Les Pierres Couchées as a base.

Normandy is an irresistible destination for discovering everything that’s great about France without having to venture too far from home! Normandy’s fascinating history ranges from the era of William the Conqueror right through to the famous D-Day landings of World War II.

The romantic Loire Valley lies in France’s heart. It is just south of Paris, yet still wonderfully accessible for the beaches of the Vendée and Loire Atlantique on the Loire coast. The Loire River, France’s longest, meanders through its verdant, vine-covered hills dotted with fairy-tale castles. To boot, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vendée- Exploring the Coast

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Saint Jean de Monts
Only 2 miles from Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson is Saint Jean de Monts which boasts 5 miles/ 8km of beach and a mild climate, with over 200 days of sunshine in the year. Beach-side, the waves are small, and the water safe and clean, as it has been labeled with the Blue Flag beach award, making it a great destination for the family and kids. If you’re looking for activities to do, the flat terrain of the Vendée region makes it ideal for families to go exploring by bike, and the golf course set on the seashore means dad can go putting on the green without distraction. What’ll thrill yourself and your kids is also the tree adventure circuit, built with tarzan swings, ziplines and wobbly walkways.
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Ile de Noirmoutier/ Ile d'Yeu
The Ile de Noirmoutier is a seaside paradise for lovers of nature. What’s different about Noirmoutier is its microclimate, and salt water-wetlands that cover over a third of the island. There are over 25 miles / 40km of beach here, so watersports activities like sailing, diviing, paddle surfing, land sailing and kite surfing definitely don’t fall short here. For some local French flavours, you definitely need to try the oysters, shellfish, natural salt, turbot and its world-famous delicacy, “bonnotte” potatoes.The island of Yeu is an active fishing port, and is brimming with miles / kilometres of diverse landscapes – dunes are held up by coniferous woods, wild rocky coastlines stagger this land, marshes and bocages are here as well as houses with colourful shutters. Go and discover the lighthouses, beacons, harbours, and the tiny streets and quays in Port Joinville, and learn of the legends and stories of the harbor at old pot fishing village of Le Meule.
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Les Sables d'Olonne
One of the most beautiful seaside beaches can be found here, which offers beautiful views of blue green waters, fine white sand, fragranced with salty sea air and grilled seafood at the overlooking restaurants. At dusk, sit on the beach and take in the even more breathtaking colourful night sky.

Vendée - Towns/Cities + History

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Salt Flats at Guérande
Guérande is a charming medieval village, with magnificently preserved walled remparts situated at the end of the peninsula. What you might not know is that it is renowned for its fleur de sel – a high quality salt naturally found in square marshes, and which is carefully gathered using traditional methods. Guérande’s salt marshes represent a great part of this region’s heritage, so find out more about how salt workers extract this magic fleur de sel with a guided tour. Another exceptional way to experience these salt marshes is to see it at sunset on a guided walk, where you can also discover more about the local birds and plant life.
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Nantes
Nantes is located on the Loire river, and provides its visitors with plenty of activities that will please young children and culture vultures. The Jardin des Plantes, for example, will entertain kids as there’s a beautiful botanical garden decorated with whimsical animal topiaries and sculptures. Nantes is also home to the striking Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, which was the Breton residence of the French monarchy. This imposing castle - somber, rough, elegant and flamboyant all at the same time, can be uncovered with a guided tour, and to learn more about the political and maritime history of Nantes, there’s the Historical Museum of Nantes just onsite.
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St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
St Gilles is famously known for its sardines. Here you can take a visit at La Perle des Dieux and buy fresh sardines fished off the boat. Have a look at the vintage sardines, which are considered to be almost like fine wine! To occupy your kids, the town has the Maison du Pecheur, which used to be fisherman’s cottage in the 1920s and is now a little museum exhibiting ancient furniture and clothes from the period.

Vendée- Culture/Attractions

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Lorient Interceltic Festival
Celebrate everything Celtic at this huge festival. Every August the town of Lorient welcomes over 700,000 visitors from around Europe, from Galicia to Scotland, to celebrate the cultural traditions of Celtic nations. It’s a treat for your eyes and ears, as performers get dressed up and provide full days and evenings of entertainment in the form of concerts, parades and dances.
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Futuroscope
On route or on your way back home, why not visit Futuroscope, one of France’s largest and most popular theme parks. One day here and you’ll start finding the present old fashioned – you can go on an adventure to the animated world in one of the many Imax cinemas, have a drink on top of the world in the Aerobar, or even go dancing with giant robots! The light and water show in the evening is sure to amaze the whole family, and you can even stay the night in one of the futuristic hotels.
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Puy du Fou
Le Puy is a historical theme park in Les Epesses that will truly transport kids and adults into the stories it has recreated. The park is divided into separate attractions, providing live-action shows that re-enact several periods and ages in history. In the Medieval City, live through the Circus Games in the amphitheatre, or shiver at the sight of Viking warriors as they launch their attack on Fort de l’An Mil! The nighttime shows featuring armies of actors, costumes, fireworks, waterworks and image projections set against the chateau and lake are always spectacular, sure-fire hits.

Travelling to Vendée from Ireland

 

Irish holidaymakers can reach our parks in Vendée via ferry or plane.

PLANE 

Ryanair and Aerlingus offer direct flights from Dublin to Nantes airport 

FERRY

You can also opt to bring your own car to Vendée with you by getting the ferry from Ireland. Cherbourg and Roscoff ferry ports are easily accessible from Ireland thanks to crossings with Irish Ferries (from Dublin), Brittany Ferries (from Cork and Rosslare) and Stena Line (from Rosslare). Both ports are under 5 hours drive from Le Bois Masson and Le Bois Dormant. 

Irish Ferries Irish Ferries have a number of crossings throughout the summer, running every other day of the week Route: Dublin-Cherbourg

Stena Line Stena Line run crossings 3 times a week Route: Rosslare-Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries  Routes: Rosslare-Roscoff Departs: Monday evenings. Returns: Tuesday evenings Cork-Roscoff Departures: Saturday nights

*Make sure to check the ferry providers' websites for the most up-to-date information about crossings

 

Distances/driving time from Nantes airport

Le Bois Masson/Le Bois Dormant

70 km/ 55 mins drive

Distances/driving time from Roscoff ferry port

Le Bois Masson/Le Bois Dormant

388 km/ 4 hrs 10 mins drive

Distances/driving time from Cherbourg ferry port

Le Bois Masson/Le Bois Dormant

416 km/ 4hrs 20 mins drive