Vendee places to visit and attractions

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

photo of Brem-sur-Mer


Brem-sur-Mer is a small resort with a long beach to the north of Les Sables d'Olonne
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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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photo of Chateau de Talmont

Chateau de Talmont

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

Chateau de Tiffauges

The Chateau de Tiffauges is a 12th century castle in Vendee, known for its medieval re-enactments
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photo of 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
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photo of Fontenay-le-Comte


With some interesting 18th century townhouses to see, Fontenay-le-Comte is also home to the Chateau de Terre-Neuve
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photo of Ile d'Yeu

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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photo of La Faute-sur-Mer

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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photo of La Roche-sur-Yon

La Roche-sur-Yon

La Roche-sur-Yon has an attractive town centre around the gardens of the Place Napoleon and the Church Saint-Louis
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photo of 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
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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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photo of Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral

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

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 Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits


The village of Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits in Vendée has a large medieval market hall and a roman style church to visit
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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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photo of Port Bourgenay

Port Bourgenay

The small resort of Bourgenay has a port and a popular beach
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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 coast
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photo of Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard


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


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

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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

Tourist attractions to visit in Vendee

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


Saint-Jean-de-Monts: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Fontenay-le-Comte: See tourist guide

Theme Park

Puy de Fou

Sites of Natural Beauty

Baie de l'Aiguillon

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Fontenay-le-Comte: See 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: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Georges Clemenceau house

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Vouvant: See tourist guide