What to do for free in Vendée?

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You are planning a holiday in Vendée but you have a small budget. No problem! If you are wondering what to do in Vendée for free? Where to go out in Vendée with the family, without spending too much? We have found plenty of free or inexpensive activities for you to please you in Vendée.


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Swimming and relaxing on the most beautiful beaches in the Vendée

Relaxing and having fun by the sea is as fun as it is free! The Côte de Lumière has many beaches and each has its own atmosphere and environment that will seduce you. Nature lovers will enjoy beautiful walks between the Forests of Monts and the dunes. Families will let their children make sand pies or play in the play areas, which are freely accessible. Athletes will work out on the sports fields: swimming, beach volleyball, frisby, yoga...

Learn more? The 10 most beautiful beaches in the Vendée.


The superb beach of Pointe de l'Aiguillon

The superb beach of Pointe de l'Aiguillon

Take advantage of the free services of seaside resorts

The seaside resorts do their best to attract tourists and offer many services. Some are free. We give you some ideas:

  • Visit of monuments with free access and in particular pretty churches
  • Stroll along the piers or on the promenades laid out by the sea
  • Admire the beautiful boats in the ports
  • Take a Terra Aventura family route
  • Offer a carousel ride to children in fairgrounds
  • Discover the local gastronomy by tasting the products of producers on the markets

Learn more? The seaside resorts of the Vendée.


The seaside resort of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
The seaside resort of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

Fishing on foot on the Vendée coast

Shore fishing is a common practice on the Atlantic Coast and there are many spots in Vendée! It consists of collecting shells or fishing for shrimp when the water recedes. A meticulous collection that requires patience, but also a lot of walking. It is therefore a physical activity that is suitable for the whole family, even the youngest. The little ones love to collect shells, little treasures that they will keep as souvenirs! In addition, if the fishing is good, you can enjoy fresh shellfish. Here is an activity that is not only free, but which can offer you a good dinner! Nevertheless, find out because fishing is regulated.

Learn more? Everything you need to know about shore fishing in the Vendée.


Shore fishing in Noirmoutier

Shore fishing in Noirmoutier

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Take free cultural tours

We don't think much about it, but cultural events and certain visits are totally free or at very low cost. Here are some examples :

  • Stroll through the most beautiful villages in France”.
  • Without forgetting the "small towns of character", such as Vouvant and its legend of Mélusine.
  • Le Préhisto'site du Cairn, which offers an independent visit for just €2.
  • Visit the national museums on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Learn more? The most beautiful villages of Vendée.


Visit of Mervent

Visit Mervent with an app, photo © Charline Prod'Homme

Go on a treasure hunt with the kids

A treasure hunt, anyone? Geocaching is fashionable and that's normal, because it's an activity that's as cultural as it is fun to do with the family. You will discover an often overlooked local heritage. More and more sites are equipped for this purpose. You can find some on the internet like Terra Aventura or in some tourist offices. No doubt you will become real pirates!

Learn more? A treasure hunt in Longeville-sur-Mer.


The Longeville treasure hunt

The Longeville treasure hunt, Photo © Charline Prod'Homme

Use the virtual tours of the LegendR app

LegendR… What is it? It is an ingenious free application, which you can use directly on your phone. All kinds of tourist sites are referenced. You will be able to see them in virtual reality and get lots of additional information during your site visits.

Learn more? Our visit to Mervent with the LegendR app.


Discover the Vendée on foot or by bike

Whether you are a hiking enthusiast or rather a cyclist. Whether you are a great sportsman or a Sunday walker. The Vendée lends itself well to all kinds of walks and there are itineraries for all levels. We have selected a few routes for you to get to know the Vendée region better:

The good idea Take a walk in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and along the Corniche Vendée.


The good idea Bike ride and discovery circuit between Talmont-Saint-Hilaire and Jard-sur-Mer.


Noirmoutier


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