Vendee

The Vendee: Beaches, bikes and blue skies in west France

Pedal power is big business in the Vendee. The region in mid-west France will become the focus of the cycling world in July when it hosts Le Grand Depart – the start of the Tour de France. For the amateur enthusiast or total novice, the family-friendly flat landscape has been […]

Le Signe du Triomphe at Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou: ‘The best theme park you have never heard of’

Puy du Fou is the best theme park in the world you have never heard of. The second most popular visitor attraction in France – after Disneyland Paris, of course – and voted the best park in the world at international awards. No slightly past-their-best roller-coasters at this theme park; […]

Normandie Brittany Ferries

Taking children on the ferry to France

Ferry or not to ferry, that is the question. Whether is nobler to fill up the petrol tank and cram everything you own into the family hatchback or suffer the high-season airline check-in queues, baggage weigh-in dread and hire car roulette? For the first time, we are trying the ferry […]

The swimming pool at Les Ecureuils

Les Ecureuils: Eurocamp campsite in the Vendee

Kids will love Les Ecureuils, one of a series of campsites along the west Atlantic coast in the north Vendee region of France. The site near St Hilaire-de-Riez is a real family favourite with a great swimming pool that has slides and a lazy river. Kids will also spend hours riding their bikes […]