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Perfect picnic spots for family outings in the Vendée

Posted the 30 May 2023
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Some of the best family picnic spots can be found right here in the Vendée! So when it comes to planning your holiday activities you’re bound to find the perfect picnic area close by….be it on the coast, the beach or… so,why not take a peek!

Plage, Ile d'Yeu

A delightful coastal picnic spot - La plage des Sabias on L’Ile d’Yeu

Located near the Vieux Chateau on the L’ile d’Yeu, nestling between the rocks, you’re bound to fall under the charm of the pretty “Sabias” beach. As you sit at the shaded tables, you can enjoy the exceptional view over the turquoise water, with your feet in the sand. This is an ideal coastal picnic spot when visiting the Pointe du Châtelet, the Vieux Château or for walks alongside the small fishermen’s huts on the island. Before leaving, take a dip in the crystal-clear water with masks and snorkels for a closer look at the marine life.   

Pique nique plage Sauveterre, Les Sables d'Olonne

La Plage de Sauverterre, the perfect beach picnic spot near Les Sables d’Olonne 

Sheltered from the sun, under the shade of the beautiful pine trees, take a seat at one of the tables of La plage de Sauveterre beach picnic area during a family outing. This is an exceptional setting, perfect for nature lovers and for a relaxing moment with the family! Once you have finished your family picnic, admire the horizon, the sun, and the waves, and of course enjoy the invigorating smell of the sea.

Pique nique à Saint Jean de Monts

A beautiful sea view coastal picnic spot at Saint Jean de Monts 

A picnic like you could never have imagined, on a delightful panoramic picnic area facing the ocean. Along the promenade, near the pier, the children can enjoy various games and the parents can relax on the wooden deck chairs while benefitting from the refreshing sea air.

A natural country picnic area at the Rives de L’Yon 

Relaxation, pleasure, and leisure are the three words that sum up the atmosphere of this picnic area at the Pont de Chaillé. In this delightful green setting, time seems to stand still, and where only the dragonflies will disrupt the peace and tranquillity. The shaded country picnic tables, a chance to fish and even the starting point of some hiking trails… will surely satisfy all your needs.  

Pique-nique dans la forêt domaniale de Sion sur l'Océan

A forest picnic area in the heart of the state -owned Forest at Sion sur L’Océan 

In the heart of the Sion Forest, in Saint Hilairie de Riez, take a quiet break in the shade of the pine trees and enjoy a traditional picnic surrounded by nature. While the parents appreciate the peaceful environment, the little ones can play in the nearby playground. After your forest picnic, climb the dune and admire the view from the rail workers stele. A real breath of fresh air, just a stone’s throw from the ocean!

Pique-nique dans la Vallée de Poupet

A vibrant family picnic spot in the Poupet Valley 

On the banks of the Sèvre Nantaise river, a few minutes from the Puy du Fou, opt for a cool picnic break in the Vallée de Poupet, near Saint Malo du Bois. This is the perfect place for a picnic in the Vendean countryside: a green haven in the heart of wide-open spaces!  So, set the table and start enjoying your salad in the shade of the surrounding trees. To prolong this pleasant moment, treat yourself to a walk or bike ride along the banks of the Sèvre Nantaise. This will take you to the "Petite Cité de Caractère" : Mallièvre. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try travelling along the river in a kayak or canoe as an interesting option.    

A perfect picnic spot at Saint Pierre le Vieux 

Whether it’s raining or too hot, this perfect picnic spot is ideal as it is sheltered by a covered area. Children’s games, a footpath for a pleasant stroll through the heart of the Marais Poitevin and a chain boat are just some of the activities not to be missed.

Some of the best family picnic spots on the Island of Noirmoutier 

The Ile de Noirmoutier, is dotted with numerous picnic areas, located in the woods and pine forests along the island’s coast.

  • Bois de la Chaise, in the shade of the holm oaks, close to the well-known beach huts of La plage des Sableaux or Plage des Dames;
  • At La Clère, by the beach in a fragrant pine forest, the tables overlook the sea;
  • At L’Epine, tables are located in the Eloux wood, just behind the sand dune;  
  • At La Guérinière, perfect for a “shellfish gathering” outing with the children. In fact, this playground offers a few tables which are ideal for a little break and are right next to the foreshore.
  • In Barbâtre, picnic tables are in the heart of the pine forest.

A relaxing family picnic spot in the Bois des Laves near La Taillée 

Sit down at one of the three tables by the water for a peaceful family picnic. Fishing is possible for the amateurs, as well as a lovely family walk or bike ride.

Pique-nique à Damvix, Marais poitevin

An idyllic riverside picnic area in the Port de Damvix 

Set in the heart of the Green Venise, is the small village of Damvix. During your stay in the Southern Vendée region, come and discover the pretty harbour and jetty. The picnic tables, face the jetty and are sheltered from the sun, ideal for a cool lunchtime break during hot summer days. Relax, recharge your batteries, and take a deep breath of pure Vendean air. This spot is also the starting point for numerous hiking and cycling trails. Furthermore, guided boat trips are organised for those eager to experience the charm of the Marais poitevin.

A picnic with the family in the Mervent- Vouvant state forest 

After a long walk in the Mervent-Vouvant forest, it’s time to take a gourmet break in the shade of the trees. We’ve found a lovely green spot where you can take a breather from your morning’s trek. Take off your rucksack and admire the panoramic view over the Mervent forest and lakes at Le Pruneau picnic area. What better way to start an outdoor lunch than with an invigorating walk through the green heart of the Vendée? After this short break, take a trip to the Parc de Pierre Brune, where 40 attractions await you and the children. A Zip line, a merry-go-round, a small train….so why not take on some of the challenges and have fun as a family in an exceptional natural setting.

Pique nique Parc des Floralies - La Tranche sur Mer

A family picnic in the park at La Tranche sur Mer

After a bike ride, a cool break in the shade of the Floralies pines is a must. The picnic area, nestled between hundred-year-old pines, allows you to eat in a peaceful environment. A book box provides reading material for book enthusiasts or alternatively you can pay Victor (a rescued donkey) and some goats in the animal enclosure a visit. Just opposite, you can admire the educational beehive and its 45,000 occupants.

Pique-nique dans les marais sur l'ile d'olonne

A family picnic in the heart of the marshes at L’Ile d’Olonne 

In the heart of the Ile d’Olonne, near the Pont de la Salaire area, you can enjoy an exceptional view of the marshes during your picnic. Cycling and walking paths are nearby and lead to the Olonne national forest.


Four country picnic tables in the charming Doué area near Cugand  

Located in the heart of the village, the beautiful shaded Doué picnic area has four tables and is accessible to people with reduced mobility. To prolong this relaxing moment, a fishing area is available, as well as walking and cycling routes.

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