Set upon the banks of the Sévre Nantaise river, on the northern-most border of the Vendée. The town’s architecture is typically Renaissance whilst cobbled streets and flights of steps give the settlement a charming personality that provides a truly magical day of exploration. Friday and Saturday are the best days to go, as the busy market and shops are always open for wandering tourists. The tourist office offers tours of the town as well as local vineyards (in English if requested).
With its beautiful hill-top château and church, picturesque Apremont is situated on the edge of a lake, just a 10 minute drive from Le Pas Opton. Take some time to stroll around the town, rent a boat or pedalo and paddle up and down the river, or simply relax on the beach by the lake.
Zoo des Sables d’Olonne
More like a safari and conservation park than a traditional zoo, the park is a haven for endangered species. You’ll find the animals in spacious enclosures, re-creating their natural environments. Spend time watching and learning about exotic animals including lions, tigers, jaguars, penguins, rare red pandas and many more.
This amazing safari park is one of the top attractions in the Vendée. Under an hour’s drive towards Nantes, you’ll drive over 10km through the safari experience with opportunities to see more than 2000 animals from 5 continents, wandering freely, including zebras, tigers and giraffes. In the Marine Centre, you can watch spectacular seals and dolphins perform, peek at the snakes and lizards in the reptile centre, pet the animals in the miniature farm and children can get faces painted.
Around Les Sables d’Olonne and Noirmoutier, take a rare opportunity to see the fascinating salt marshes. Enjoy a guided boat trip through the marshes, see traditional salt production and fabulous wildlife.
A quirky but fun experience for all ages, the Vélo-rail lets you take a 20km ride through the countryside on a pedal-driven rail cart along the former railway lines.
Nearby courses can be found at Les Fontenelles & St Jean de Monts.
Parc des Dunes, Brem sur Mer
40 attractions consisting of steep water slides and exciting inflatables which aren’t for the faint hearted! There are also bouncy castles and other attractions specially designed for smaller children and those not brave enough to tackle the scarier rides! See website.
Located on Noirmoutier, Oceanile water park offers over 20 amusements, with plenty of slides, waterfalls, wave pools and toboggans to excite you. Splash around or enjoy a cool drink on the sun terrace – an ideal family summer’s day out. See website.
Atlantique Toboggan, St Hilaire de Riez
Looking for a family day out? Situated in St Hiliare de Riez, 20 minutes from LPO, Atlantique Toboggan gives you an opportunity to cool down! The water park has many different pools and slides that will excite both young and old. If you fancy getting in the water then you can hire a pedalo, or enjoy a round of mini-golf. You can bring your own lunch and enjoy the scenic picnic area. See website.