Tourist Attractions in the Vendée

Gites les Chaffauds is located in the Bocage area of the Vendée, and has recently teamed up with a local Tourism Initiative called Vendée Vallée. This aims to raise awareness of all of the many activities on offer in this part of the Vendée. And there are many of them…. whether you like exploring medieval castles, visiting working windmills, wandering around châteaux and their gardens or strolling along country lanes through forests, there is something for everyone! Click on the image to the right to view more…

And of course, we are only a 30 minute drive from the World Famous Puy du Fou Theme Park - where you can be transported back in time to the Gladiators, Vikings, Musketeers, Medieval Knights and, if you stay late, there is the fantastic Cinéscénie music and light show with over 1200 participants! Not to be missed. For videos and photos of The Puy du Fou, see our Short Breaks Page

The map below highlights lots of the main attractions and we have added a pointer so that you can see where they are in relation to our holiday homes.
Vendee Vallee Office de Tourisme

Tourist Map of the Vendee Vallee Area showing location of Gites Les Chaffauds

Visitor Attractions in The Vendée

There’s so much to do - you’ll need 2 weeks!! Or you’ll need to come back next year!!

Click on the images below to view a larger photo and a commentary.
The Marais Poitevin
The Marais Poitevin Canal Network - punt along the canals and visit ruined Abbeys
The Puy du Fou Theme Park
Puy du Fou Theme Park - Meet the Vikings!
Colourful Markets in the Vendee
Weekly Colourful Markets in Many of the surrounding Towns
La Rochelle Harbour
La Rochelle - bustling harbour-side restaurants, Aquarium and lots of entertainment
Futuroscope Theme Park
Futuroscope Theme Park - with 3D cinemas, virtual reality shows and Evening Spectacle
Chateau de Terre Neuf at Fontenay le Comte
The Chateau Terre Neuve in Fontenay le Comte
O Gliss Water Park
The O’Gliss Water Park - fun for all the family on the slides, rivers, waves and beach.
Kayaking on the Lake at Mervent
Mervent Lake - Canoes, fishing, archery, restaurants and a friendly zoo.
Coline des Moulins
Colin des Moulins - visit working windmills from a bygone age.
Indian Forest Adventure Park
The Indian Forest Adventure Park - High wire climbing, karting, water sports and pony rides.
Wine Tasting at the Chateau in Rosnay
Wine Tasting - The Fief Vendée wine route offers a selection of tastings in Chateaux and Caves.
Polynesian Festival at the Park Floral de Court d Aron
Hawaiian Dancers at the Park Floral de Court d’Aron in St Cyr en Talmondais

The Beaches of the Southern Vendée

You will be spoilt for choice if you like to visit the beach.
Here in The Vendée there are miles of sandy beaches, with great spots for surfing, body boarding and rock pooling, along with wide stretches of sand to relax or play games. Some of the coast has a ‘Jurassic Coast’ feel about it, as there are limestone pavements stretching out into the sea and you can often find fossils on the beach.
The seaside towns of La Tranche and La Faute have entertainment laid on throughout the summer months, and further up the coast at Port Bourgenay, you will find weekly craft markets around the harbour and medieval festivals in Talmont St Hilaire. The bustling sea port of Les Sables d’Olonne makes a great day out - with miles of sandy beaches, a long promenade for walks, weekly markets, harbour side restaurants selling the ‘catch of the day’ and lots of fetes and festivals.
The Beach at Veillon Port Bourgenay
La Veillon Plage at Port Bourgenay
Stand up paddle at La Faute sur Mer
Stand Up Paddle at La Faute sur Mer
The Beach at La Tranche sur Mer
The Sand Dunes at La Tranche sur Mer
The Bridge from Fromentine to the Ile Noirmoutier
Fromentine Beach and the Bridge to Ile Noirmoutier
Sailing at La Tranche sur Mer
Sailboats at La Tranche sur Mer
Views of La Tranche sur Mer
La Tranche from the Pier
Surfing at the Beach
Surfing at the Beach
Sand castles at Sun Set
Sand Castles at Sunset

To see lots more videos and tourist information, please visit the Vendee Holiday Cottages Facebook Page.
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Our reservations are managed by
Annette & Jason Khan
Tel: 00 33 (0)2 51 28 43 98

Gites Les Chaffauds, 18 rue Ecoliers, 85110 Sainte Cecile, France