Sol a Gogo

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


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 [...]

Tour de France 2013 – Al Fresco Camping Along the Route

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Planning to watch the Tour de France 2013, which is set to prove more spectacular than ever in this its 100th incarnation with tougher mountain challenges than ever before? Well, Al Fresco has the country pretty much covered, north to south, side to side, with luxury parks in no less than ten different regions. So [...]

Kiting in the Vendée

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This was sent to us as a newsletter item for the Al Fresco Reps, but as a holiday-maker who has tried kiting a few times, I thought our customers might also like to read it Josip and I have been at Sol a Gogo in the Vendée now for nearly three months. When we arrived [...]

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 [...]

Festivals and Events in and around The Vendée – June/July

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Our reps, Philippa and Josip, on Sol a Gogo St Jean de Monts, emailed this information regarding events happening locally for the rest of June and July. These events are usually free (obviously you pay for refreshments if you have them). The French are passionate about their little festivals, and it never fails to amuse [...]

What to do in The Vendée (Part 2)


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 [...]