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If you're on the lookout for a protracted weekend by the coast, look no additional than the Pays de Saint Jean de Monts on France's Atlantic coast. It's the proper vacation spot for a protracted weekend of three or 4 days for right here, a mini-break = maxi-pleasure, and even the shortest of stays shall be full of delights.

A seaside for everybody

Everyone, irrespective of your age or your chosen pastime, will love this 19km stretch of huge, gently sloping, safe sandy seashores. Build sandcastles and go paddling with the little ones, fish for shellfish alongside the shoreline, idle away a day with a ebook in a quiet nook (there are 22 seashores to select from!), or in case you're feeling energetic, have a go on the huge selection of actions on the water. And there's even free parking close by!

The comfortable, sandy seashores make Saint-Jean-de-Monts a dream vacation vacation spot The seashores listed below are excellent for younger households © A Lamoureux

Escape to the center of nature

Obviously, to discover the great countryside of Pays de Saint Jean de Monts, you'll need to take a stroll throughout your go to. There are loads of routes to select from – 120km in all – whether or not you're on the lookout for a brief stroll or a protracted hike, in a wide range of landscapes from forest to dune to marsh. And in case you want two wheels to 2 ft, it's straightforward to rent a motorcycle from one of many many rental firms round and discover among the 171km of cycle tracks.

For households, there are orienteering programs and enjoyable walks (with English translations) designed particularly with youngsters in thoughts. Have a go on the orienteering route at La Parée Jésus; observe the map and full the challenges by way of the forest on The Spirit of Adventure; clear up the clues of thriller path video games The Sirens; or pit your wits on the out of doors escape sport Les Escapades de Marius.

Walk or cycle across the gorgeous countryside © A Lamoureux

Take a visit to the market

A should on any weekend in France is a go to to the market and there are a lot to select from within the Pays de Saint Jean de Monts. Wander by way of the stalls and fill your basket with appetizing native merchandise to take dwelling, let your self be intoxicated by the scrumptious smells, and take in the nice and cozy and pleasant ambiance… it's the quintessential French expertise.

Be positive to style some native specialties whilst you're there, such because the cinnamon-flavored market backyard flanthe normal Vendéen garlic bread prefu, or contemporary oysters and different seafood. In summer time, the Saint Jean de Monts market stretches all throughout the church sq., with its stalls stuffed with contemporary produce, garments, equipment and different little wonders. An genuine market with vibrant colours, you gained't need to miss it. Epicureans will need to head to Fromentine, too, the place they will style oysters contemporary from the fishing huts, go to the small port of Pont Neuf or stroll alongside the Oyster Farmers' Path.

Market, St Jean de Monts, Vendée, Payes de la Loire, France © Ralph Gant/Flickr

Discover distinctive neighborhoods

Saint Jean de Monts' historic district of Devallon, nestled between seaside and forest, appears frozen in time within the Nineteen Twenties with its charming villas and quiet ambiance, a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of each day life.

In La Barre de Monts, stroll by way of the streets of Fromentine, the city's the maritime district, the place there's a lot to find, from the small metallic lighthouse on the sting of the forest to the esplanade with its string of seaside villas. Take the trail by way of the dunes to the gorgeous Plage de la Grande Côte, and discover the procuring avenue and Oyster Path.

Line of villas going through the ocean © Limenos/Wikimedia Commons

Try one thing new

Why not push the boat out and strive a brand new out of doors exercise throughout your break within the Pays de Saint Jean de Monts? It could possibly be the expertise that makes your getaway really one to recollect for years to come back. The potentialities embody: a sport of golf along with your ft within the sand; horse or pony using on the seaside; pedaling facet by facet in a 'rosalie' (a four-wheeled bicycle); browsing the ocean waves; a dizzying Ferris wheel trip; flying just like the wind aboard a sand yacht.

Firm favorites

And in fact, there's an entire host of customer favorites you'll need to match into your lengthy weekend. Why not climb to the highest of the not too long ago renovated Pey de la Blet belvedere, the 37m excessive staircase within the sky, and take within the views over the encompassing forest? Taste the well-known flan market gardener and Chichi Mons, the native donuts. Learn all concerning the fauna and flora of this fabulous shoreline by visiting Biotopia and swim in a seawater pool on the Thalasso. Climb 70m up the Kulmino water tower to the viewing platform and ponder the 360° panoramic view over the marsh, forest, dunes and islands. Pack a picnic and revel in an al fresco lunch by the fisheries of Le Porteau, at La Barre de Monts, or beneath the shade of the pine bushes within the forest. Discover the market gardening heritage of the fascinating terrain of the Marais Breton Vendéen by visiting Le Daviaud eco-museum. Stroll proper out into the ocean alongside the 400m Boom (pier) in Saint Jean de Monts. And, in fact, try the calendar of occasions to ensure you don't miss any celebrations, actions or experiences throughout your keep.

Whatever you select to do within the Pays de Saint Jean de Monts, your 72 hours by the ocean are positive to go away you wanting extra. Maybe see you once more subsequent weekend?

For extra data, go to en.paysdesaintjeandemonts.fr

Climb to the Pey de la Blet belvedere for magnificent views © Florian PEROUD

Lead picture credit score: The coast across the Pays de Saint-Jean-de-Monts is all the rationale it’s good to go to © Florian PEROUD

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A Weekend in Saint Jean de Monts