Vendee places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Vendee department in Pays-de-la-Loire. Se also our Vendee guide.

Vendee sightseeing and tourist information

photo of Bretignolles-sur-Mer


Bretignolles-sur-Mer is one of the smallest Vendee resorts - still has a big beach though! [...]

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Chateau d'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne is a very small resort, well placed for exploring the coast and visiting Sables d'Olonne [...]

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With some interesting 18th century townhouses to see, Fontenay-le-Comte is also home to the Chateau de Terre-Neuve [...]

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Ile d'Yeu

Explore the Ile d'Yeu on foot or by bike to see scenic coastline, beaches and a medieval castle [...]

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photo of Jard-sur-Mer


Jard-sur-Mer is a very pleasant, if quite small, Vendee resort with a harbour and a beach [...]

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La Faute-sur-Mer

Here at La Faute-sur-Mer you can explore the nature reserve and peninsula - or relax on the long beach! [...]

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La Tranche-sur-Mer

La Tranche-sur-Mer is a small resort, but very pleasant and with an enjoyable promenade behind the beach [...]

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photo of Longeville-sur-Mer


At Longeville-sur-Mer you will enjoy the lively market in the town as well as the sandy beach [...]

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photo of Lucon


Lucon is a quiet Vendee town, usually visited for its imposing cathedral and public gardens [...]

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Maillezais abbey

The ruins of the Maillezais abbey are on the edge of the marshes of the Marais Poitevin [...]

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photo of Nieul-sur-l'Autise


Highlights in Nieul-sur-l'Autise include the Abbey of Saint-Vincent and a traditional watermill [...]

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photo of Noirmoutier


On Noirmoutier island you can find lots of sandy beaches and a traditional port town [...]

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photo of Notre-Dame-de-Monts


The resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the quiter resorts of the Vendee coast [...]

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Port Bourgenay

The small town of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is best known for the Chateau de Talmont, where various events are held dur [...]

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photo of Sables d'Olonne

Sables d'Olonne

The lively town of Sables-d'Olonne is our favourite resort on the Vendee coast [...]

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photo of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie


The port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive and traditional town, very lively in summer [...]

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photo of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez


Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the beach resort next to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie [...]

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photo of Saint-Jean-de-Monts


At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches and one of the livelier resorts on the Vendee coa [...]

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photo of Vouvant


The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of a medieval castle and an ancient stone bridge [...]

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For more information about the department see the detailed Vendee travel guide


Market towns & days in Vendee

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Angles: Wednesday & Sunday
Barbatre: Wednesday
Beauvoir-sur-Mer: Thursday
Benet: Monday
Brem-sur-Mer: Tuesday & Friday
Bretignolles-sur-Mer: Thursday & Sunday
Challans: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Fontenay-le-Comte: Saturday all day
Jard-sur-Mer: Monday
La Barre-de-Monts: Saturday
La Faute-sur-Mer: Thursday & Sunday
La Gueriniere: Thursday & Sunday
La Mothe-Achard: Friday
La Roche-sur-Yon: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday
La Tranche-sur-Mer: Wednesday & Saturday
Les Essarts: Wednesday
Lucon: Wednesday & Saturday
Noirmoutier: Tuesday & Sunday & Monday & Friday
Notre-Dame-de-Monts: Sunday
Sables d'Olonne: every day
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Monday & Friday
Saint-Jean-de-Monts: Wednesday & Saturday

Selected tourist attractions in the Vendee department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Fauconnerie du Puy du Fou (falconry)

Natur'Zoo de Mervent

Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne

4* Towns in Bloom



Towns of Art and History

Fontenay-le-Comte: Tourist guide

Theme Park

Puy de Fou

Sites of Natural Beauty

Baie de l'Aiguillon

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Fontenay-le-Comte: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardins de Chaligny

Jardins du Bâtiment

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise)

Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais)

Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant)

Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille)

Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet)

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Fontenay-le-Comte: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Georges Clemenceau house

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Vouvant: Tourist guide