Holidays in Vendée & The Loire
Why Visit Vendée & The Loire?
They may not have Côte d’Azur chic, but the charming towns along Vendée’s Atlantic coastline have 250km of sandy beaches to make up for it. And don’t miss the old fishing village of Les Sables-d’Olonne, one of France’s original (and still very inviting) seaside destinations. Vendée is also home to La Roche-sur-Yon, a stately town built by Napoleon with geometric precision. Today, there’s also a waterpark there and several golf courses nearby.
Venture inland and you’ll find other treasures, including the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) with its canals, forest-covered hills, marshland, picturesque villages and historic abbeys.
Raise a Glass to History
Known best for its world-famous vineyards and opulent châteaux, among them the spectacular Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau and Royal Fortress of Chinon, the Loire Valley is a haven for bons viveurs with a penchant for history. Saumur’s wine houses, fine-dining and medieval streets are a compelling combination, while Tours’ magnificent cathedral and basilica, traditional artisan crafts, stylish shopping and fine arts museum cater for a myriad of passions. Angers adds to the region’s reputation for excellent libations with family-run restaurants, lively café culture and its own liqueur.