Explore La Tranche-sur-Mer, a cute seaside village in Vendée, nicknamed “Little California”. With an almost unique location on the Atlantic coast, La Tranche sur Mer enjoys exceptional sunshine and boasts plenty of beaches to get your tan on or splash in the waves.
Outdoor fun and relaxation will be running themes of your holiday in La Tranche-sur-Mer so here are 10 reasons why you should visit as soon as possible.
1. A flood of water activities
Whether you are seeking an adrenaline boost or simply to enjoy a splash in the sea, La Tranche-sur-Mer has a host of water sports to try. Surfing, wingfoil, stand-up paddle, towed buoy, kitesurf, catamaran, pedal boats, windsurf, optimist… The choice is yours. Marine amateurs of all ages and levels will experience new sensations and a gorgeous outing at sea.
2. Family holidays
La Tranche-sur-Mer was awarded the Famille Plus national label, highlighting its family-friendly offer. From treasure hunts to life-size escape games, young and old will love putting on their detective cap. The area also offers sports activities year-round to keep everyone happy.
3. Go car-free
With more than 25 miles of cycle paths, La Tranche-sur-Mer extends an invitation to spend your holiday car-free! Rent a bike or bring your own and pedal happily between sea, forest and marshes.
4. The preserved environment of Belle-Henriette
Explore a beautifully preserved environment within the Belle-Henriette natural reserve. Spread over 337 hectares, this ecosystem caught between land and sea is a treasure trove of wildlife and biodiversity! You can cross this magnificent lagoon thanks to a footbridge to admire this nesting and feeding centre for many species. At the end of it, the beach awaits you.
5. Fine sandy beaches
With more than 9 miles of fine sandy beaches, you have the space to plonk down your towel anywhere. There are surf beaches, wild coves and shore-fishing pools plus a wide range of beachy activities to choose from. Watch out for the Toutourisme label, ensuring your four-legged companions can have a nice day at the beach too.
6. Activities all year round
Whether you want a culture fix or to delve into the history of La Tranche-sur-Mer, enjoy a host of exhibitions, workshops, concerts, theatre performances, circus acts and guided tours, year-round. Inside or outside, there is something to delight young and old.
7. An authentic village
La Tranche-sur-Mer is also the perfect place for a stroll in quaint little streets. Away from the excitement of the beach, find a place of calm. This authentic commune, bathed in nature but also with a lively village life, is an invitation to rest and relaxation.
8. A green lung
A forest of pines and holm oaks washes over La Tranche-sur-Mer! The national forest of Longeville extends over 330 hectares and 6 municipalities. With sandy ground, 2 hiking trails and a connected treasure hunt, come and shelter from the sun in the shade of the trees and breathe in the intoxicating perfume of the pines.
9. Leisure equipment
The village may be small, but its quality infrastructure can rival that of a city. With a swimming pool, a cinema, a performance hall, a toy library, shops, a skateboard park but also many other sports and cultural infrastructures, you will surely never be bored and keep everyone busy, whatever the season.
10. A wide choice of accommodation
Do you prefer the comfort of a hotel room? The natural side of a campsite? The intimate spirit of furnished accommodation just for you? Or perhaps you have your motorhome and are looking for a stop to welcome you? At La Tranche sur Mer, there is something for everyone! From hotels, to campsites, to furnished holiday homes or bed and breakfasts, you will inevitably find what you are looking for!
For more information, visit www.latranchesurmer-tourisme.co.uk
Lead photo credit : © Julien Gazeau
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