On the last leg of our month-long trip round France and Spain we abruptly changed our route back to Caen and booked into Le Littoral, a Yelloh! Village camp site in the Vendee region. We were in love with it from the moment we arrived.
It’s a quite small site, with beautiful pastel coloured chalets and tent pitches, nestled under gorgeous shady pine trees. All you hear is birdsong and the occasional whirr of children on bikes flying past.
Each chalet has its own garden area, covered verandah and decking. Ours had a small fence, so handy for keeping the dog and Tibbs in our sights. It was hot, for June – 35 degrees on some days. You can probably see that from the white light on my pictures. It made all the shady nooks and deep, green woods fringing the site even more appealing to walk in. You could just hear the sea from the edge of the woods. Beautiful.
Inside was two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and shower room, which were all very well kitted out. The biggest plus was the bedrooms being shaded from the sun, the high chair and the fact you could sit outside after bedtime, share a beer and enjoy your evening whilst the little one slept.
On site was a brilliant water park and swimming complex, including a covered pool. A bouncy castle, two playgrounds and many activities. We loved the huge, covered bar terrace for cold drinks after swimming, and the pizza takeaway station when we couldn’t be bothered to cook in our chalet. And the lovely fresh bread and French preserves from the shop, early in the morning.
We drove for maybe ten minutes to get to Les Sables d’Olonne, which is a perfect arc of near white sand, embraced by a sweet little French town. It’s an active marine port, a haven for beach sports, and very sociable. We loved watching the schoolchildren play volleyball after class on the sand and stayed till sundown to join the promenaders along the low lapping waves.
The beach was stunning, the perfect beach for small children to begin to understand the fun of being on a shoreline.
There were gorgeous gites round every corner. How lovely would it be to wake up and stroll to your breakfast around these quiet streets? I bet there’s an amazing atmosphere in the summer holidays there. We had lunch in a waterside seafood place, where everybody was drinking chilled rose wine, deep in discussion. We had an artwork of an ice cream sundae too, at a place overlooking the beach.
Then it was back to our chalet, to gently brush the sand off the tired little legs and read stories before bed, snuggled up outside as the stars came out.
We travelled to the Vendee region by car, by getting the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. From Caen it was around a five hour drive. We took our own car, and our dog, and took a daytime ferry, with a cabin booked. You can check out Le Littoral on the Yelloh! Village site.