Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vendée Beaches, Vendée Waves

Vendée waves - a wonderful sight!

Vendée beaches are in my opinion amongst the best in France. This photograph is of the wide expanse of beach that stretches for miles from La Tranche Sur Mer northwards up and past La Terriere.

Many Vendée beaches hold the blue flag award for cleanliness of both the sea and the beach itself. On warm Sundays during Spring and Summer a common site on Vendée beaches is that of families sat in happy groups enjoying a picnic.

On some Vendée beaches, usually where there are long stretches of coastline where overcrowding is never an issue, there are sections where naturism is allowed - what the French call plages naturistes. These stretches of beach are signposted. With 250km of beaches in the Vendée and over 2,500 hours of sunshine each year, it's not surprising that many French naturists are attracted to the area with its soft sandy beaches and natural sand dunes.