The coast of the Vendée, Côte de Lumière, extends over 200 km of mostly sandy beaches. For families with children, the beaches on Côte de Lumière are ideal; these beaches are sandy, long, and gentle sloping.
Coupled with an exceptionally mild climate, the beaches have long attracted large numbers of overseas and domestic tourists. Some popular resorts include Les Sables-d’Olonne with long sandy beach, three harbors, of which one is the starting point for the famous Vendée Globe yacht race, and a rugged coastline dotted with coves and dunes surrounded by pine forests.
La Tranche sur Mer possesses a 13-kilometre fine sandy beach, 8 kilometers of which face directly south. Its white houses as well as its narrow lanes give the resort a Mediterranean charm which particularly attracts families in research of sun, waves and great sensations. A part from being an excellent fun resort, la Tranche sur Mer also attracts surfers. Its cycle tracks as well as its pedestrian paths encourage adults and children to discover the surrounding nature (beaches, forest, marshes).
Saint-Jean-de-Monts is renowned for its sandy beach, more than eight kilometres long. Due to its often low tides, it offers a great area for walkers, fishermen, and beach games. The town is noteworthy for the recent restoration of its seafront, a vast town planning operation taking over five years to complete. The successful result now means a network of footpaths and cycle tracks are enhanced by an array of plants, flowers and shrubs.
Inland, the chief attractions include the Marias Poitevin (an area of marshlands famed for wildlife), the forested area around the village of Mervent, the rolling countryside of the Bocage and the historical theme park at the Puy du Fou.