La Vendée, a charming department by the ocean, famous for its Vendée Globe, a mythical sailing race, for its Puy du Fou park, twice elected best park in the world, but also known for its beaches and surfing spots where the future French championships will take place next October. This beautiful corner of France has become a real tourist destination this winter and we are proving it to you today!

In spite of the pandemic that we are going through, holidaymakers have not given up taking their holidays during the month of February. 

Following government announcements, we have learned that the ski lifts in the ski resorts will remain closed and that it would therefore be impossible to enjoy the French ski areas this winter. 

They then looked for an alternative to give themselves a break. For half of them, they wanted to recharge their batteries where there is plenty of light and iodized air: the ocean! And what could be better than letting themselves be charmed by the mildness of la Vendée in winter? 

Once you’ve taken a winter holiday by the sea, you’ll never be able to do without it!

Far from the summer crowds you may have encountered in la Vendée in the summer, you will find a taste of freedom thanks to the various activities you can do during your holidays. 

From walks along the beach to contemplate the waves, or cycling in the forest of Mervent, ideal for nature lovers, or by the ocean along the wild coast; la Vendée offers you scenery that will take you away from your everyday life. You can find other ideas for activities on

When visiting la Vendée, you should also take advantage of the gastronomy it has to offer! Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, you will find what you are looking for whatever the time of day! 

A few ideas for specialities from la Vendée that we have concocted for you: 

  • Breakfast: savour the “gâche vendéenne”, an emblematic speciality of the region which will awaken your taste buds!
  • Lunch : Jambon-Mogettes, typical Vendean dish. It is smoked ham accompanied by white beans.
  • Dessert: “Fion vendéen”, ideal to finish your meal. For the anecdote, the word “fion” means flan in Vendean patois. 
  • Snack : At 4 pm, it’s time for a snack! Taste the “tourtisseaux”, also called “beignets” like doughnuts in la Vendée. Often present during Shrove Tuesday, these doughnuts are perfect to wait until dinner time. 
  • Aperitif: The “préfou” will be the perfect element for a convivial atmosphere. It consists of bread dough, butter and garlic, all baked in the oven to be shared when it comes out! You can accompany the préfou with a drink from la Vendée such as Trouspinette! A very special alcoholic drink as it is an alcohol composed of red wine, brandy, sugar and thorn branches. 
  • Dinner: various specialities are available! Whether it is the famous potato from Noirmoutiers, the sardine from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie or the seafood from La Guittière, your taste buds will never cease to be titillated!

Although the restaurants are closed, you will be able to take advantage of the take-away sales of our restaurateurs. 

Oceavilla was able to see the effervescence of these accommodations during the February holidays and we thank you for the interest and confidence you have shown in us during this period. 

See you soon on the Côte de Lumière!