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5 ideas for nature weekends in the Vendee

Posted the 6 February 2023
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When winter arrives, walks become refreshing and you can see the natural world in a new light. Treat yourself to a getaway in the Vendee and be dazzled by the clear skies and soothing sunsets. Here are 5 ways to start the year, immersing yourself in the natural world of the Vendee.

1. OYSTERS AND VENDÉEN WINE ON THE COAST –  TIME TO RELAX AT PORT DE LA GUITTIÈRE

Strolling in the open air at Talmont Saint Hilaire, well wrapped up, in the middle of February offers you a chance to connect with land and sea, particularly in the picturesque oyster farming village of Port de la Guittière, the smallest oyster farming port in France. The oysters are delicious and go particularly well with a glass of AOC Fiefs Vendéens wine. Taste them on the spot, or take a dozen for a picnic with a view of the sea in Jard. Next morning, head for Pointe du Payré and its holm oak forest where you can continue your surf and turf experience with a woody note. In the afternoon say “Hello!” to La Tranche sur Mer, the little California of the Vendée. A favourite visit is the Grouin du Cou Lighthouse, the views from which will enrich your walk. You can end this getaway with a sunset view of the Terrière beach.

2. ISLAND WEEKEND OF YOUR CHOICE – VENDEENNE GREECE OR ISLAND OF MIMOSAS

In the Vendée you can explore like a navigator. The adventurer will like it here because there are so many options. You can cross Le Gois (a causeway) to reach Noirmoutier or what about a boat trip to the Ile d'Yeu for a weekend? It is difficult to choose between these two gems.


"Vendeene Greece". Unspoiled natural countryside, bike rides and unexpected encounters. On this island break, you can take advantage of the calm of winter to survey the island and be captivated by the beauty of this place. Here, we should mention the majestic Soux beach and the fabulous old castle of the Ile d'Yeu. The waves seem to take malicious pleasure in crashing against its towers. The result is a spectacle combining the inescapable charm of the ocean and the elusive side of the castle standing there, in front of you, a rare moment of perspective. The next day, you can stroll through Port-Joinville with its fishermen's houses and see just how beautiful Île d'Yeu is.

Ile d'yeu en vendée
Séjour en vendée pas cherIle d'Yeu en Vendée
  • Where to stay: 

Les Hautes Mer in Île d'Yeu

  • Where to dine: 

Les Bafo

A weekend on Noirmoutier is always welcome whatever the season. Especially at the beginning of the year, as it then that "the island of mimosas" best lives up to its name. The flowering period is from February to March. Blooming mimosas will amaze you with their beauty and enchanting fragrance. During your getaway on Noirmoutier you can stroll around the island, passing through its archetypal salt marshes. In winter, the sunsets provide a breathtaking panorama. The next day, you may have the chance to watch the farmers planting the tasty Noirmoutier “bonnotte” new potatoes in the sandy soil of the island. When you leave, don't forget to buy a small souvenir bag of Noirmoutier salt. A few pinches of salt on your food and the flavour will be magnified. Enjoy your meal.

  • Where to stay: 

Villa Arthus Bertrand in Noirmoutier en l'île

  • Where to dine:

L'envol

3. SAINT MICHEL MONT MERCURE IN WINTER: GOLD AND FRESH AIR – 2 DAYS AT ALTITUDE (THE HIGH POINT OF?) IN THE VENDÉE VALLÉE

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Sometimes gaining height is the best thing to do. Take a deep breath of fresh air at the same time too. You can rise to admire the Vendée bocage, the green lung of this destination. For this weekend in the Vendee Valley we would recommend. First stop: Sèvremont and the bell tower of Saint Michel Mont Mercure. At 290 meters this is the highest point in the Vendée. After a face to face meeting with the Archangel Saint Michael, go to the Mont des Alouettes. In this hilly corner of our territory, you will have your head in the clouds, which is the perfect way to clear your mind for the weekend. Interrupt your stay to sample the delicacies of Chef Valentin Morice at the Table du Boisniard, which has one Michelin star. Without doubt, during this weekend, you will have your head in the stars…

  • Where to stay:

​Le Château Boisniard in Chanverrie

  • Where to dine: 

La Table du Boisniard

4. THE ESSENTIAL SAINT JEAN DE MONTS WITH ITS 360 DEGREES OF NATURE - 2 DAYS IN MONTOIS LANDS

Saint Jean de Monts is a fascinating place. Wherever you go, you will be surrounded by nature. Land, sea, forest... With the landscapes of Monts, you can escape the daily routine. Imagine yourself walking along the beach, listening to the waves crashing at your feet while admiring the ocean. The lush forests offer a peaceful refuge where you can recharge your batteries. Take the time to discover the riches of the local flora and fauna, in the national forest of Saint Jean de Monts. For an unusual weekend activity how about a short yoga session on the beach? The bad chakras will just have to behave themselves...

  • Where to stay: 

Le Robinson in Saint Jean de Monts

  • Where to dine:

​Le Bois Cendré

5. THE MARSHES OF ILE D’OLONNE IN WINTER – NATURE WEEK END IN THE COUNTRY OF THE VENDÉE GLOBE

Very close to Les Sables d'Olonne, famous for it’s around the world yacht race and its relaxed lifestyle, discover the Île d'Olonne and its marshes. On the Île d'Olonne, you can tick all the “green” boxes. Discover the Gueffard mill and the panoramic bell tower of the Saint-Martin de Vertou church. The next day, go for a walk in Les Sables. Once there allow yourself be charmed by the quays of La Chaume and Port Olona, known throughout the world. If you have a sweet tooth, we suggest you to taste the local sweet: the sardinette, a small tangy lollipop in the shape of a small fish. On sale in the Sablaise bakeries!

  • Where to stay: 

Hôtel Spa les Roches Noires in Les Sables d'Olonne

  • Where to dine: 

Le Cayola

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