La Tranche-sur-Mer, Vendee: tourism & sightseeing
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Among the most popular of the Vendee beach resorts, La Tranche-sur-Mer is situated to the south of the department and has extensive sandy beaches to both sides of the town.
Exploring La Tranche-sur-Mer
Visitors come here for the beach - and are unlikely to be disappointed, with more than 13 kilometres of beach to choose from. Families with young children will especially enjoy the long sandy beaches that slope gently into the sea making them safe for those with young children*.
La Tranche-sur-Mer has received the official classifications of 'Station Kid' and 'Famille Plus' and is a classified 'Blue Flag' beach as a demonstration of the resort's commitment to families.
France This Way comment: although it is small we very much like La Tranche-sur-Mer, and it is our favourite of the Vendee resorts to the south of Sables d'Olonne.
You will also find various children's activities clubs, and the other activities popular with children such as mini-golf and a small theme park as well as discos, tennis.
Because of their size there is plenty of space for all activities on the beaches, from quietly building sandcastles to high speed kiteyachting and windsurfing. Just on the eastern edge of the town there is also a large lake that is used for sailing lessons.
Generally speaking the beach to the south-east is the calmer and more suited to younger children while the beach to the north-west is ideal for those seeking larger waves and sporting activities, with designated surfing areas including the Plage des Terrières.
There is also a long and pleasant promenade that follows the beach in the centre of La Tranche-sur-Mer.
Close by, behind the beach and in La Tranche-sur-Mer itself, you will find a modern and clean town with all the facilities (and crowds) you expect of a bustling beach resort, with numerous restaurants and gift shops, as well as La Tranche-sur-Mer Tourist Office (next to the church in the main square). In the summer season there are also lots of activities and exhibitions organised for evening entertainments.
There are numerous opportunities to walk or cycle in the surrounding area - including an extensive forest area with two very pleasant marked trails to follow (the Sentier de la Casse aux Lièvres takes about an hour and the Sentier du Bout des Cabanes around 1 1/2 hours).
Although La Tranche-sur-Mer has everything for the family on a beach holiday it's still nice to have a day out, and you can leave the car behind by taking the boat to one of the nearby islands of Ile-de-Ré or Ile-d'Aix or to the lovely city of La Rochelle, one of our favourite French towns.
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Address: Tranche-sur-Mer, Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits, Sables-d'Olonne, Pays de la Loire, 85360, France || GPS: latitude 46.344013, longitude -1.438316
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Georges Clemenceau house: national monument (12 km)
- Ars-en-Re: most beautiful village (16 km)
- Saint-Martin-de-Ré citadelle (Vauban fortifications): heritage site (17 km)
- La Flotte-en-Re: most beautiful village (19 km)
- Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne: zoo or wildlife park (29 km)
- La Rochelle: secteur sauvegarde (30 km)
- Aquarium de La Rochelle: aquarium (31 km)
- Jardins de Chaligny: remarkable garden (33 km)
Market days in La Tranche-sur-Mer, France
Regular market(s) are held in La Tranche-sur-Mer each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at La Tranche-sur-Mer (Francais)