Hello sunshine. Bonjour beach. 

 

You might not know the name, but the Vendée is one of France’s most popular regions for camping holidays. The Vendee, on the west coast south of the Loire River, is one of France’s sunniest regions and blessed with miles of sandy beaches, so it’s not hard to spot the attraction for families. 

Another big plus is the ease of access for families travelling by car from the ferry ports at St Malo, Caen and Cherbourg, with drives times for around four hours. 

There are two brilliant Siblu parks for posh camping holidays in the Vendée: Le Bois Masson and Le Bois Dormant . Each offers mobile home accommodation to make family breaks easy, plus big pool complexes, lots of sports and entertainment day and night.

Plus, a holiday at either of these parks gets you access to facilities at the neighbouring park, free of charge!

 

Our Holiday Parks in Vendée

Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Le Bois Masson holiday park is the perfect spot for exploring the Vendée region on France's West Coast. Situated just 3km from the region’s famous long sandy beaches and network of cycle paths, this friendly holiday park is an ideal choice for water sports fans and cycling enthusiasts alike. The range of activities on-park is second to none with something to keep all the family entertained.

near beach
Beach 2.5km away
pool with retractable roof
2 heated pools (1 covered)
child friendly activities
Free access to nearby sister park, Le Bois Dormant
£539
£350
27-May -
03-Jun
Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Welcome to Le Bois Dormant, a spacious holiday park in a beautiful natural setting. This is the perfect base for exploring France's West Coast! A well-developed network of cycle paths allow you to cycle straight from the park itself to the nearby seaside town of St. Jean de Monts and the large sandy beaches and peaceful pine forests that are so typical of this coastline.

near beach
Beach 2.5km away
slides
Waterslides, paddling pool and spa bath
child friendly activities
Free access to nearby sister park, Le Bois Masson
£497
£347
27-May -
03-Jun

Vendée Holiday Highlights

 

Let’s get straight to the point, people head to the Vendée for the sunshine, big beaches, and because it’s only a four-hour drive time from the ferry ports at St Malo, Caen and Cherbourg. 

It's a great choice if you’re a family that likes to get active. There’s a huge, safe, cycle network so you can explore on two-wheels, and loads of watersports providers offering brilliant activities all along the coast. 

There’s also a two-for-one bonus for anyone staying at our Le Bois Masson or Le Bois Dormant holiday villages. They’re located across the road from each other, and you get the chance to enjoy the facilities at both! 

 

Where to find them: Siblu holiday parks in France

Siblu holiday parks in France


 

Seaside Exploring

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Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Under 20 minutes’ drive away from Siblu’s Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson, the charming fishing village of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is the oldest port in Vendée and is famous for its sardine fishing. Why not visit La Perle des Dieux, a unique sardine canning factory which proudly produces vintage sardines and also has its own museum and art gallery. The town is also home to the Maison du Pecheur which recreates what a fisherman’s cottage in the 1920s would have looked like.
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Ile de Yeu
It is also well worth getting a ferry over to the beautiful Ile de Yeu during your stay in the region. Just 17km off the Vendée coast, this 23km2 island of 5,000 inhabitants boasts beautiful beaches and secret coves, amazingly diverse landscapes, a fascinating history and some unique local legends. The perfect place for a peaceful day of hiking, birdwatching or exploring.
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Ile de Noirmoutier
Connected to the mainland by a bridge, the Ile de Noirmoutier is another of Vendée’s beautiful islands. With over 25 miles of beaches it is particularly well-known as a hotspot for water sports including sailing, diving, paddle boarding and kite surfing. Noirmouitier is also famous for its culinary specialities: tuck into oysters, shellfish, turbot and natural salt (harvested from the salt-water wetlands which cover a third of the island). Interestingly it is also considered to be home to some of the world’s best potatoes (the ‘Bonnotte’ variety).

Vendée Day Trips

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Puy du Fou
Puy du Fou, one of France's best-loved and most unique theme parks, is within easy reach for a day trip from both Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson. Something between traditional theme park, historical re-enactment and larger-than-life spectacle, walking through Puy du Fou is like living your own personal time-travel adventure. One minute you’re in the heart of a medieval city, the next you’re watching an army of Vikings preparing for a raid. Don’t miss the evening spectacles set against the stunning background of the site’s chateau and lake which features fireworks, music, water displays and hundreds of actors.
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Futuroscope
Don’t fancy a trip to the past? What about the future? Futuroscope is another extraordinary local theme park with a twist. Get a glimpse of the future of science and technology at the many Imax cinemas and enjoy a unique selection of rides and immersive experiences. With the chance to fly over the 5 continents, experience the life of an astronaut on a mission in space, speed through the canyons of Mars or dance with robots, Futuroscope offers an adrenaline rush like no other.
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Nantes
The bustling city of Nantes, set on the banks of the Loire river, provides a great day out for kids and parents alike. Take a guided tour around the castle, which was once home to the Dukes of Brittany, or pop next door to the Museum of Nantes where you can find out more about the historical and maritime past of the city. Don't miss catching a glimpse of Nantes' famous 12 metre high mechanical elephant which patrols the areas around the former shipyards (book in advance to climb aboard and join the tour). Meanwhile kids love letting off steam at the botanical garden with its quirky statues and topiaries).

Travelling to Vendée from the UK in 2022

 

There are lots of options if you are travelling to the Vendée  by ferry, with Brittany Ferries offering several routes, which we have outlined below. For up-to-date information, prices and to book, please visit their website, at https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/.
     
Route options:

  • Portsmouth to Caen
  • Portsmouth to Cherbourg
  • Portsmouth to St Malo
  • Plymouth to Roscoff
  • Poole to Cherbourg

If it's more convenient for you to fly and hire a car, there are direct flights to Nantes Atlantique from London, Manchester and Liverpool.

 

Distances/ approximate driving time from St Malo ferry port

Le Bois Masson/Le Bois Dormant

156 miles / approx 3 hrs drive

Distances/ approximate driving times from Nantes airport

Le Bois Masson/ Le Bois Dormant

43 miles / approx 60 mins drive

Best of the Vendée ! Don’t miss these highlights

 

Vendée Beaches

The Vendée has mile-upon-mile of big sandy beaches, including at St Jean de Monts, which is the closest to our two sites. This huge beach has golden sands, gentle waves and big tides, which makes for brilliant sandcastle-building terrain. There's lots of car parking close by, and shops and restaurants for refreshments. As you can imagine, this is a firm favourite with families. 

Locals say the beach at Les Sables d’Olonne is one of the very best in France. This glorious sandy spot sits in a south facing bay with protection from the ocean breeze. There are lots of cabanas, kids's clubs and bars, and the bay is popular with dingy sailors, whose colourful boats provide a striking backdrop. 

A popular day trip for campers in the Vendee is to visit the tiny Ile de Noirmutier, an island that can be reached by causeway from the coast. The beaches here are spectacular and quiet. Our pick is the long stretch at Barbâtre, where the water is warmest for swimming.
 

Vendée Attractions

One of the most popular attractions in the Vendee is Puy du Fou, a live-action historical theme park that brings to life some of the most famous periods in France's past. This incredible park is also home to the Cinescenie, which is an epic nighttime light and sound show brought to life by 2,500 actors.  The fabulously named O'Gliss Water Park is one of France's biggest. It's an hour from Les Bois, but the reward for the drive is giant slide, a lazy river, and rapids simulator. For chic shopping, head to swanky Les Sables d'Olonne, which is a seaside town that is home to the famous Vendée Globe Yacht Race.


Vendée Cycling

The Vendée has the largest network of cycle tracks in France, including lots of flat pathways along the coast, many of which are free from traffic. Cruising along on two wheels is a special way to explore the region, with time to enjoy the mix of  sweeping sand dunes and giant, coastal cliffs, plus lots of pretty towns.


Vendée Food Specialities

Seafood fans are in for an absolute treat, with the locally caught oysters featuring on many menus across the region, with those from off the coast of the Ile de Noirmutier particularly prized. The locals are also proud of their haricot beans, which are lovingly prepared and served with the region's much-loved ham. Both are prepared with sea salt cultivated from the pans along the coast. Sardines are another treat, especially those from produced in the town of St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. The Vendee is also well known for its fabulous brioche bread, which is chewy and sweet and served at breakfast.