La Faute-sur-Mer travel guide

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La Faute-sur-Mer is the most southern of the seaside resorts in the Vendee department, and situated along a 10 kilometre long peninsula to the east of La Tranche-sur-Mer and facing the Ile-de-Ré.

Until about 100 years ago La Faute-sur-Mer was little more than a sandy island, but an extensive programme of tree planting and land reclamation started in the 19th century transformed it into the resort we see today.

Since 2022 La Faute-sur-Mer is a part of the commune called L'Aiguillon-la-Presqu'Île, having merged with Aiguillon-sur-Mer.

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It is of course the beaches and natural environment that attract large numbers of visitors to La Faute-sur-Mer, and almost the entire southern coast of the peninsula is one long sandy beach which is among the best in Vendée.

The main beach, called Grande Plage, is easily reached by path from the casino, and further car parks to the south of here allow access to the more isolated parts of the beach, and to the Forêt Dominiale Réserve Biologique Pointe d'Arçay and the Observatory of the Rade d'Amour.

At the north end of the beach you can explore the Réserve Naturelle Nationale de la Casse de la Belle-Henriette, established to protect this unusual coastal environment.

The ease of access to large open spaces of sand, especially at low tide, mean the beaches are especially well known for sand yachting.

Large expanse of sand at La Faute-sur-Mer

There is a naturist beach on the Pointe d'Arçay: park at Rue du Puits to find the footpath that leads to the naturist beach.

Behind the beach there is a large area of forest which is very popular with cyclists, walkers and jogging enthusiasts. The forest covers more than 500 hectares and visitors can see numerous birds and small animals, but deer and even wild boar have also established themselves in the forest.

The town of La Faute-sur-Mer is quite recent and has little of historical interest, but does have a decent selection of shops and restaurants to cater to visitors and even a small casino. Not surprisingly sea-food restaurants dominate the choices available!

On the eastern side of the peninsula you can see the port, used by both fishing boats and pleasure boats.

There is also a bike hire shop in the centre of La Faute-sur-Mer.


Nature enthusiasts, and in particular bird spotters, have two natural reserves to explore close to the town, with the Pointe d'Arcay reserve to the south of the peninsula and the Belle Henriette Natural Reserve to the north.

The protected environment of the Pointe d'Arcay is usually closed to the public but during July and August guided visits are available - there is no charge, ask at the La Faute-sur-Mer tourist office.

La Faute-sur-Mer is also popular with campers and there are several campsites very close to the town and beach.

Just off the beach along much of the coast here is one of the largest mussel beds in France, and despite the growth in local tourism mussels are still a very important local industry.

Natural rubbish?

There are several beaches in Vendee including parts of the beach at La Faute-sur-Mer where you will see quite a lot of algae on the beach, especially outside high season.

At first glance this can make a beach look like it needs cleaning, but actualy the algae forms an integral part of the ecosystem of these beaches and also helps to prevent coastal erosion so several beaches have a deliberate policy of leaving the algae in place.

No need to worry, it's still very easy to find an 'algae free' beach both here at La Faute-sur-Mer and elsewhere in Vendée!

Boardwalk La Faute-sur-Mer

Note: La Faute-sur-Mer was one of the French communes worst affected by the 'Xynthia' tempest in February 2010, which caused extensive damage and eventually led to hundreds of houses being demolished because they were found to have been built in an unsafe flood zone.

Attractions nearby

The most popular attractions in Vendee are certainly the beach resorts. For a change of scenery you can visit La Tranche-sur-Mer a short distance to the west of here - and La Faute-sur-Mer is also well placed to visit the town of Luçon, a short distance to the north-east.

See also our guide to more of the popular Vendée resorts and beaches.

See more seaside resorts in France. You can find more travel ideas in the Vendee guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

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La Tranche-sur-Mer

La Tranche-sur-Mer

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

La Tranche-sur-Mer guide


On the north coast of Ile-de-Ré, the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is very pretty and has an attractive port

Saint-Martin-de-Re guide
La Flotte-en-Re

La Flotte-en-Re

The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré

La Flotte-en-Re guide
Ile de Re

Ile de Re

The Ile-de-Ré is an island with lots of sandy beaches and some attractive villages. Much loved by cycling families!

Ile de Re guide


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

Longeville-sur-Mer guide
Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral is a small cathedral with element in the roman, gothic, classical and neo-gothic styles

Luçon cathedral guide

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Address: Faute-sur-Mer, Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits, Sables-d'Olonne, Pays de la Loire, 85460, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 46.332778, longitude -1.321367

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Saint-Martin-de-Ré citadelle (Vauban fortifications): heritage site (15 km)
  • La Flotte-en-Re: most beautiful village (16 km)
  • Georges Clemenceau house: national monument (20 km)
  • Ars-en-Re: most beautiful village (20 km)
  • La Rochelle: secteur sauvegarde (23 km)
  • Aquarium de La Rochelle: aquarium (24 km)
  • Marans: ville fleurie 4* (25 km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny: remarkable garden (29 km)
  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron: remarkable garden (34 km)
  • Jardins du Bâtiment: remarkable garden (34 km)
  • Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne: zoo or wildlife park (38 km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon: site of natural beauty (38 km)

Market days in La Faute-sur-Mer, France

Regular market(s) are held in La Faute-sur-Mer each Thursday & Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at La Faute-sur-Mer (Francais)