St Jean de Monts beach is a favourite because of its space, fine soft sand and safe waters. It’s inevitable that your children will head off and play, so there are a series of tall poles topped with shapes along the beach, which kids can use to find their way back to you.

Parking close by can be a trial during the peak season, but the Vendée has miles of easily manageable cycle paths that wind that run through the resort and along the beach

Les Sables d’Olonne is the most chic destination in the Vendée and if you want a break from the sunbathing, there are many top-class shops.

If you take the crossing from the mainland to the tiny island Ile de Noirmutier, you’ll find more picturesque beaches. The best is Bois de La Chaize, which has its own bathing huts that gives the beach an old-world aura.

The area of Sion Sur L’Ocean has a rare thing for a Vendée beach – cliffs. The rocky outcrops create lots of sandy inlets to explore and rock pools where crabs hideout.

 

Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to the Vendée: