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Things to Do in the Vendee
 
When some people visit the Vendée all they want to do is unpack, grab a glass of wine and spend the rest of their holiday relaxing and unwinding next to the pool or sitting quietly on their patio reading a good book. Other people like to get out and about, take in the sights, visit chateaux or gardens or go off to the beach . There are those who wish to spend their holiday pursuing more active tasks such as, cycling, carting and sailing or communing with nature by walking, horse riding or fishing. The variety of choice here in the Vendée is vast.

Below we have listed some of the things to do in the Vendée and many have further pages devoted to details of these activities.

Walking and Hiking. There is no better way to explore the Vendéen countryside, town or village than on foot. One gets to see all of the small details which make up this diverse landscape, one also gets to meet the locals who are very friendly people and of course you get fresh air and exercise.
Every village has marked foot paths and the local tourist office will have brochures which detail the routes, the distance, what to see and a host more information. There are more details on
walking in the vendee
Cycling. Another great way to see in more detail what the Vendee has to offer.
There are over 700 kilometres of cycle paths in the Vendee and by 2010 that should be up to 1000 kilometres. Found under the term "les Sentiers Cyclable" are routes that run almost completely around the Department with detours to interesting towns and sites. More details can be found on our pages
cycling in the Vendee
Golf. The Vendée has 5 golf courses to choose from plus a few more in the surrounding departments. A list of all the courses along with details of what they have to offer can be found on the golfing in the vendee pages
Fishing. Fishing is a major pastime in the Vendée and most communes have specially made lakes (plan d'eau) specifically for fishing. A permit is required to fish these lakes and the same is true for fishing the canals and rivers. Permits can be purchased from the local Maire, the tabacs and sometimes the local cafe or restaurant. Sea fishing and fishing in the tidal reaches of the river does not require a permit. Get more information on our pages fishing in the Vendée
beach fishind at l'Auigillon sur Mer
Karting. Though not necessarily something you would want to do every day, karting can be very exciting, remember Lewis Hamilton started in karting. There are 11 circuits in the Vendee where you can indulge your passion and dream of becoming a world champion. Check out the karting circuits of the Vendee
Atlantic Kart Systems, le Chateau d'Olonne
Surfing. The Vendée is recognized  as one of the finest destinations for those who love to ride the waves and a round of the world championships is often held at La Tranche sur Mer. The long fetch of the Atlantic rollers together with gentle sloping beaches, the varied breaks and the long hours of sunshine make the Vendée a surfers’ paradise. Check out more about surfing in the Vendée
cycling in the vendee
Sailing. With the water never far away it is hardly surprising that sailing in all its various forms is very popular here in the Vendée and with the worlds most prestigious single handed yacht race "the Vendée Globe" taking place every 4 years all aspects of the sport are very well catered for. Find out more about sailing in the Vendée.
dingy catamarans at Les Sables d'Olonne
 
Horse Riding. To find those hidden treasures, to take in the wide skies and the diverse landscapes of the Vendée trekking on horse back or horse drawn caravan could not be bettered. Check out more on our pages on horse riding in the Vendée
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