Just south of Nantes and the Loire Valley lies the ever popular region of the Vendée.
Boasting endless beaches, warm blue sea and hot balmy sun with temperatures as hot as the South – the Vendée encapsulates all the ingredients of a memorable seaside holiday.
So if it's the sun for you, endless golden beaches and fashionable resorts are dotted all along the coastline, just a short drive away.
While if it's culture you're seeking, there's the medieval city of Nantes or the birthplace of Napoleon in La Roche-sur-Yon to discover.
Venture inland and you'll find the wine lover's paradise – the region is home to the fine French wines of Gros Plant and Muscadet. Here you can wander around the vineyards, visit the ‘caves’ and sample some of the local produce.
Whatever you are looking for, the Vendée has a rich supply just waiting for you to try it!
Places to See - Things to Do
The chic little fishing port of St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie.
Talmont St. Hilaire - fascinating chateau ruins.
Puy du Fou.
The charm of the old sea port of La Chaume.
La Venice Vert, otherwise known as "Green Venice".