Port Bourgenay visitor guide

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Port Bourgenay and the popular Veillon beach are centrally placed in western Vendée between the resorts of Les Sables d'Olonne and La Tranche-sur-Mer, close to Talmont-Saint-Hilaire.

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France This Way review: Bourgenay is quite a small resort and you are likely to prefer to stay at one of the larger resorts nearby, but it makes a pleasant excursion to come here when you are visiting.

The port here is very pleasant for a stroll, and has a small selection of bars and restaurants where you can sit and look over the harbour.

Boats in harbour of Port Bourgenay

The old cannon in the port is thought to date from a ship called 'La Seine' which sank here in 1789, while of more recent construction you can see a German built blockhouse which was part of the German defences here during the Second World War.

Just north of the port along the route towards Chateau-d'Olonne is the 'Aquarium of the 7th Continent' with large aquariums representing the marine environment in each continent of the world and including a multitude of species that you might not expect to see in western France, from small sharks to small multi-coloured tropical fish.

There is a golf course on the north-west edge of Bourgenay.


Plage du Veillon

Veillon beach stands on a narrow peninsula between the sea and a natural bay a short distance south of Bourgenay.

Although at little more than one kilometre long the beach at Veillon can't claim to be one of the longest in the Vendee, and it has only limited facilities, it can claim to be one of the most attractive and is one of the most popular with visitors to the area around Talmont-Saint-Hilaire.

Port Bourgenay

Attractions nearby

You will certainly want to visit Talmont-Saint-Hilaire and its castle during your visit: the Chateau de Talmont holds various events during the summer and is only a few kilometres from Bourgenay.

There are various other resorts along the Vendée coast that you can visit during your stay in the region, such as La Tranche-sur-Mer and Longeville-sur-Mer. Our favourite, a few kilometres north-west of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, is Les Sables d'Olonne.

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

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The small town of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is mainly known for the Chateau de Talmont, where various events take place during the summer season.

Talmont-Saint-Hilaire guide
Chateau de Talmont

Chateau de Talmont

The Chateau of Talmont is a ancient castle, now in ruins, in the Vendee department

Chateau de Talmont guide


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

Jard-sur-Mer guide
Chateau d\'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne

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

Chateau d'Olonne guide
Sables d\'Olonne

Sables d'Olonne

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

Sables d'Olonne guide


Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard is a small resort in Vendee where you can visit the house and gardens of Georges Clemenceau

Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard guide

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