Holiday cottages in Vendee allow you to explore the beautiful sandy beaches and fascinating towns and villages of the region. Take a trip to Vouvant, a fortified town that dates from the 11th century and has been named as one of the elite ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France'. Food lovers should visit Challans, it's the main economic centre of the Vendee and is famous for its duck. Many of the beaches are ‘blue flag' endorsed and have life guards on patrol. Try out some beach sports – the climate is ideal for surfing, kite-surfing or wind-surfing, or stay on the beach and try sand-yachting. There are plenty of places to rent equipment or book lessons, and something for everyone from beginners to thrill-seeking experts.