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A guide to the stunning region of Vendee, France
Vendee is France's sunniest region outside of the Riviera, offering spectacular sandy beaches and numerous tourist attractions. One of its most popular sights is the Ile de Noirmoutier, an island that hosts some of the most pristine beaches on the European Atlantic coast. It can be reached via a special bridge that connects it to the French mainland.
The coastal towns of Les Sables d'Olonne and St Jean de Monts are among the most popular holiday resorts in the area, offering an extensive range of restaurants, cafes, shops and nightlife venues during the summer. The quieter resort of Pornic also boasts a beautiful marina and an attractive harbour overlooked by an impressive chateau.
Vendee is famous for its excellent seafood cuisine, which comprises of fresh mussels that are delivered from the mussel farms all along the coast. A typical seafood main course is complimented with refreshing white wines such as Gros Plant and Local Muscadet. This is followed by a tourteau fromager, a delicious creamy, savoury cake that is an authentic Vendee speciality using goat's cheese.
In regards to accommodation, Vendee offers several large campsites attracting large numbers of foreign tourists. Some of the most popular sites include Camping la Foret in St Jean de Monts and Camping Les Ecureuils, situated in St Hilaire de Riez.
Some of the best rated hotels in the area include Les Hirondelles in Les Sables d'Olonne, which offers double rooms from £450 a week in the summer. Meanwhile, the Hotel Les Prateaux, situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Ile de Noirmoutier, offers luxury double rooms from £800 a week and is located just 300 feet from the nearest beach.