Clarys Plage

A Nature-Lover’s Paradise: Lac de Grand-Lieu

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Few people outside of France have heard of the Lac de Grand-Lieu. This is surprising, given that in winter, the lake is the largest in France. However, it is precisely this relative anonymity that makes the area so special. For travellers who are actively seeking to avoid the crowds of the more touristy areas, the [...]

What to do in the Vendée (Part 3) – Challans in Bygone Days

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Sorry, it’s been some time since I have written about this area, as I have been very busy publishing our reps’ blogs instead. That’s a very valid reason, in my opinion, as they are providing very useful up-to-date information on and around our campsites. Anyway – for Part 3, I highly recommend “Autrefois Challans” – [...]

The VENDÉE : Domaine Saint Nicolas

Our local wine expert, Simon Woods, has found the best wines to savour, maybe while enjoying the Tour de France, actually watching the race, or exchanging your experiences with your neighbours after the event. Or maybe purely relaxing, while the children play. Or better still, why not visit one of his suggested “tasting rooms”, and [...]

98th Tour de France 2011 – 3 stages in The Vendée

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2011 sees the Grand Start of the Tour de France in The Vendée. This year 3 stages of the race will take place in this region. Stage 1 – Saturday 2nd July: THE PASSAGE DU GOIS to MONT DES ALOUETTES – The 180km stage begins at sea-level, at Fromentine (the Barre-de-Monts), finishes at the famous [...]

What to do in The Vendée (Part 2)

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Puy du Fou – Theme park with a difference. I decided to tell you about the Puy du Fou next. It was originally our customers who told us about this, and we took a fair amount of convincing before we succumbed. Don’t expect an Alton Towers or a Blackpool Pleasure Beach. This is a totally [...]