The Vendée has some of the most beautiful beaches in France, from long stretches to hidden little white sand coves tucked between rugged headlands, from Ile de Yeu and Ile de Noirmoutier in the North to the picturesque beaches around La Tranche sur Mer and the Pointe de L'Aiguillon in the South, there is so much to discover!

Ile de Yeu
  • Beautiful white sand beaches tucked between rocky headlands
  • Accessible only by ferry, bring your bike or hire one on the island (book ahead to be safe)
  • Ferry makes two trips per day - go in the morning and come back in the evening
  • Restaurants and takeaway food available but bringing a picnic for the beach is your best option
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Ile de Noirmoutier
  • Although the beaches aren't the only thing to discover on Noirmoutier, they are worth the visit
  • Accessible by bridge or by the famous 'Passage du Gois' at low tide
  • Although accessible to cars, very bike friendly with rentals available on the island and well marked bike paths criss cross the island
  • Numerous restaurants and takeaway options
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Les Conches
  • Located in the South Vendée and only 40 minutes from MDM
  • In a park so surrounded by dunes and pine forest
  • Great surfing-surf lessons and rentals available
  • Easy access via parking by the beach but fills quickly in summer
  • Hiking trails and bike paths through the dunes and pine forest, bike hire available in La Tranch sur Mer
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Plage du Veillon
  • Spectacular beach bordering and estuary and lagoon 55 minutes from MDM
  • Beach walking, swimming and surfing
  • Small snack bar/restaurant right beside the carpark and other restaurants nearby
  • Close to Bougenay Golf Course
  • A little South of Les Sables D'Olonne so can be combined with a day trip there
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Sables D'Olonne
  • A large open beach with the backdrop of the town of Les Sables D'Olonne and a large boardwalk
  • Easy access from the town but parking can be difficult in Summer
  • The town itself is worth a visit and is full of shops, restaurants and other attractions
  • The nearby port is where the round the world yacht race 'Vendée Globe' starts and finishes every year
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Pointe de L'Aiguillon
  • A perfect spot to watch the sunset
  • Numerous swimming spots in and around the Pointe
  • Walking trails through the dunes, bike paths throughout the area
  • More than 400,000 migratory birds pass through the area every year
  • A fairly isolated area, bring a picnic or grab a bite in La Faute sur Mer (15 minutes drive and on your way to/from)
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