Les Tamaris - Where it is and what's around

Situated in the VENDEE, on the beautiful atlantic coast of France.

The Vendee the atlantic coastal Department between the major towns of Nantes to the north and La Rochelle to the south. Lots of chateaux and historic towns, beautiful gardens, water sports, wine producers, picturesque villages and fishing ports, romantic islands, good golf courses, as well as enless cycle routes and rambling trails.

Easy to get to, being only 3 hours drive from the channel ferry port of St Malo. Perfect for a fly-drive holiday, with low-cost flights into Nantes and La Rochelle airports (an hour's drive). See more information from vendee-gites.com on travelling to the Vendee.

Les Tamaris is in the village of Corpe, near to the town of Lucon. Easy access to the coast at La Faute sur Mer, La Tranche sur Mer, Jard sur Mer, or Les Sables D'Olonne. Centrally situated for visiting the well known attractions of Green Venice and Le Puy du Fou.

Everything for your holiday is close at hand

Shops

Apart from the local village bread-shop, which provides fresh bread and croissants every morning, just a 5 minute drive will take you to the charming town of Lucon. The pleasant town centre offers a nice range of shops and plenty of bars to sit and watch the world go by. There are also good restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, from simple crepes or salads up to gastronomic delights (our favourite is - Au Fil des Saisons).

Lucon's twice-weekly market is well worth a visit for local specialities, fresh fish and excellent sea-food. On the outskirts of the town you will find a choice of three good supermarkets. Also at just 5 minutes is the pretty riverside town of Mareuil sur Lay, offering further restaurants and bars and a supermarket that opens on Sunday mornings.

Nearest beaches

It takes just 25 minutes to reach the Vendee coast at La Faute sur Mer. This town is renowned for it's vast sandy beaches, stretching uninterrupted for 9 miles, from the point facing La Rochelle up to the town of La Tranche sur Mer. The beaches back onto wild dunes and pine forests with cycle trails and picnic areas. Take the time to explore the quieter access lanes and you will find tranquil spots, even in summer.

La Tranche sur Mer offers good water sports facilities, including sailing (tuition lake for beginners), windsurfing, kite-surf, and jet-skis. Surfing enthusiasts usually recommend the lovely beach at Les Conches or the bay at St Nicholas.

Nearer to Les Tamaris, there is the lake at Chateau Guibert (6 miles), which has a tiny beach for bathing and access for windsurfers, alongside a children's play area.

Nearest holiday activities and places to visit

Of the many places to visit, here is just a small selection of the most popular. The tree adventure park Indian Forest at Moutiers les Mauxfaits (15 miles) - one of the best in France, suits all levels and ages. The exotic botanical gardens at Le Court D'Aron (10 miles) - stunning lotus flower lake. The Chateau de la Guignardiere - nice grounds, fabulous children's treasure trails. The canals of "Green Venice" - plenty of spots where you can take a leisurely punt trip along the shady waterways (from 15 miles). The history theme park of "Le Puy du Fou" - you really need to take a look at their website to get an idea of the immensity and quality of this attraction. The Roman amphitheatre with its chariot races and gladiators would be worth it on it's own, but there is so much else to see that you need to take (at least) a whole day there. Children will love it.

See more details on places to visit and things to do in the Vendee

Easy access

13 km (8 miles) from the A83 motorway, exit N°7.

95 km (59 miles) from Nantes airport, by the A83 motorway. Low-cost air links from most European cities. ideal for a fly-drive holiday.

52 km (32 miles) from La Rochelle airport. Some budget flights from the UK.

6 km (3¾ miles) from the train station at Lucon.

Nearby towns

Lucon 6 km (3¾ miles)

Mareuil sur Lay 6 km (3¾ miles)

Fontenay le Comte 34 km (21 miles)

Les Sables d'Olonne 53 km (33 miles)

La Roche sur Yon 27 km (17 miles)

Bike hire

An ideal area for cycling. Pre-book your bike hire and have them delivered for your arrival.

Bike hire in the Vendee