Advice required, Vendee site near beach

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  1. rickscott

    rickscott Funster

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    Can anybody suggest a campsite in the Vendee, pref near a beach.

    We are looking at going over in July, prob stay for 10 days.

    There is Me, SWMBO, 3 girls (11,9,3)
    Any suggestions, etc,

    P.S.

    We have a Burstner 747, and are recent converts from tugging.
    Previously went to Delft, but that was back in '98, and with a caravan.
     
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    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    There's a free aire in the car park at La Paree Preneau - right next to the beach! We were there in August - it was great!:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi Rickscott.

    Like you we were tuggers for many years and have visited the Vendee a few times in the last ten years.
    I can only suggest you take a look through the camping guides as there are a large amount of sites of all different standards and prices along the coast of the Vendee, many with beach access.
    It is a very popular and commercialised area in season especially with the Brits although shouldn't be to bad if you go before the British schools break up.The area from St Jean de Monts to Les Sables d'Olonne has campsite after campsite.
    Plenty for kids to do, but the sea can be cold and not always the safest beaches to swim off due to strong currents.
    Hope you find a good site and enjoy your hols.

    Mike.
     
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    Agree with Mike

    We worked on Le Littoral, Port Bourgenay last summer for 6 months, lovely site but 4star prices.
    There are many sites along that coast and the majority have access (or free buses in high season) to the beaches.
    We saw a lot of aires as well so I would advise just going and explore the area.
    To find out about the 4 star sites there you could get a Keycamp/Eurocamp brochure and Canvas brochure
     
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    Thanks for the replies,

    We have a site in mind, will post a link when I get home later.

    Anything else I should know about travelling in France, (I already know that they drive on the wrong side of the road!!)?
     
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    gillr49 Read Only Funster

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    When you post the link, I may know the site.

    Motorway driving in France is good but expensive better to stick to N roads. Watch fuel availability on a Sunday, most super/hyper marches are only open a.m., fuel always available on mways.
    The whole country is very motorhome friendly and most aires are lovely.
     
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    Thanks Gill,
    the site that we are looking at is:-
    http://www.camping-les-sables.com/en/index2.htm
    Don't ask how I found this one, open to suggestions for others tho...
    looking at stopping for 6 - 7 nights there, then heading back up towards the Somme area for a further 3 nights, poss here:-
    http://www.eurocampindependent.co.uk/campsites/overview.cfm?mc=118&regionID=327

    After that we will have to head back to the UK, and prob stop near the lake district on the way home (prob another 2 - 3 nights)

    We have a rough timescale worked out, but everything can still change. (and probably will)

    If anyone fancies joining up with us at some point on the way, that would be cool.

    The only things that def won't change, are the dates. July 9th - 26th.

    Being nubies to this continental touring thing, all suggestions welcome.
     
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    http://www.airecampingcar.com/

    We have used the site on the link above, to research a lot of possible Aires for our trip to france this June. The Aires seem numerous and will allow us total flexibility.:Smile:
    We are heading out after the Stratford show (Early Juine) and returning to the UK once the pet passport for our dog has exceeded the required 6 month time scale :RollEyes:
    You never know, we might bump into each other en route
     
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    We've stayed in the St Hilaire de Riez area quite a few times, 'our' campsite had changed hands though (now owned by a town who send the kids to 'school camp' ???) and we weren't keen to stay as the sites are very commercialised thereabouts - great if you have teenagers BUT - so orf we went to St Jean de Monts to find their Aire.

    We found it. We moved on swiftly, LOL and landed up on the Aire at St Gilles Croix de Vie, very near the jolly old Pompiers (Fire Station) and adjoining the lake. Filled up sharp-ish. Nice walk alongside the river towards the sea, cross the bridge and down to main town area, proper old-fashioned merry-go-round, 'front' etc, then meander back up a pedestrianised hill with some quait naice shops.

    Fab beaches all that coast. Only one chateau in vicinity - but v interesting.
     
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    Hi Rickscott.

    You've picked a nice area to visit, don't know the site but La Rochelle is a nice town and port, plenty to do and see for the whole family. Ile de Re is well worth a day out, also good area for cycling as it's very flat terrain.

    Remember July 14th is a public holiday (Bastille day) some great events and fetes going on all across France, so most things will closed for the day.

    You don't say what port you are coming in to, but France has a good road system either autoroute some with peage or Nationals which a lot, are good dual carrigeways.Theres plenty of free parking in the towns, villages and on the main routes.

    Any questions, theres plenty of funsters with alot of knowledge to share.:thumb:

    Mike.
     
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    Sorry, don't know the site. We were North of La Rochelle (the other side of the salt marshes)
    Ille de Re and Oleron well worth a visit and treat yourselves to a boat trip round Fort Boyard. As has already been said, lovely beaches and a real tourist area, expensive cafes so look at the menus before you go in (on the beach 7E for 2 coffees)
    Another must do is Puy de Fou, never been but customers raved about it.
    We love the area and last summer was amazingly hot and dry
    Have a lovely time
     
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