The Vendée is both a department and the river that crosses it, a tributary of the Sèvre Niortaise. In the heart of the historic province of Poitou, the Vendée lies along the Atlantic Ocean. From fine sandy beaches to romantic marshes, it offers magnificent landscapes. Jewels of the coast, the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier remain the lighthouses of the destination. Added to this is the Breton marsh at the gates of the islands, the best swimming spots, famous seaside resorts, the Poitou marsh.... Many historical sites evoke the great epic of the Vendée from prehistory to the wars of the Vendée, including the Middle Ages and the Renaissance! Among the best preserved remains: the Priory of Grammont in Saint Prouant and the feudal castle of Sigournais, classified as a Historic Monument. The natural heritage is not to be outdone with many parks and gardens, from Montaigu to Luçon and from Mothe Achard to Les Essarts. Among the highlights of Vendée tourism: the Cinéscénie du Puy du Fou, the largest night show in the world, the Mogette festival which pays tribute to the small Vendée bean and the departure of the Vent des Globes, the largest of all events, especially since it takes place only every 4 years. Finally, you should know that this destination is ideal for families and that you will enjoy a cuisine between land and sea.

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When to go to Vendée?

When to leave? The Vendée is a destination that experiences a tourist peak in summer. Les Sables-d'Olonne, Noirmoutier Island, Saint-Jean-de-Mont, the Marais Poitevin and Ile d'Yeu are the most popular, so you just have to go a little further away to find quieter sites. The charm of the coast operates all year round and the mild climate allows you to stay pleasantly in the Vendée, even in winter when the charm of the Christmas markets is added. Little rain, neither fog nor snow, generous sunshine, mild temperatures, everything contributes to the success of your stay

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