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 [...]

Bonjour à tous – de “La Garangeoire”

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Greetings from Jean, your Al Fresco Rep. The holiday mode is now in full swing here at La Garangeoire. Anne and Éric Bourgon run La Garangeoire with such passion and so popular is this site that customers return year after year. Evidently they are doing something right. La Garangeoire is an exceptional campsite in a [...]

What is there to do in The Vendée? (Part 1)

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I thought I’d write a bit of a blog about our (my husband and myself) experiences of the Vendée. You never know – you might find something useful in it that you didn’t know. When our children were little, we spent a few 2-week holidays in The Vendée. We love the scenery of Brittany, and [...]

The Vendée


The Vendée is situated along side some of the best beaches in France, and is far enough south for visitors to enjoy warm weather – the perfect holiday combination! Boasting some of Europe’s finest beaches, especially along the golden coast ranging from St Jean-de-Monts to Marennes, the Vendée is the perfect setting for gorgeous sea [...]

Tour de France – A Family Day Out

Tour de France 2011 – Is it worth it? Yes it is! The kids will LOVE it!

The 98th Tour de France will start on July 2nd at Passage du Gois, in the Vendée, a tidal causeway to the Island of Noirmoutier; it will then transit via Britanny, Normandy, the Loire Valley, the Centre, Auvergne and the Midi Pyrenees, before crossing to the Alps and heading slowly back north. Mountain stages will take place in the Auvergne (probable ascent of the Puy Mary) the Pyrenees, and the Alps the race will finish in Paris, 3,471 km later, on July 24th on the Champs Elysées.

Top Spots For Tots

There’s nothing better on holiday, than the sight of your tots running about, with grins on their faces and excitement in their eyes, just dying to get their inflatables on and jump straight in the pool, right? Well we know what it can take to get there. Here at Thomson Al Fresco, pleasing every single [...]