This new title from Bradt is the only English-language guide to focus on this part of the Pays de Loire: The Vendeacute;e and surrounding area including Pornic; La Rochelle; Île de Reacute; and Nantes; an increasingly popular part of France. Written by award-winning travel writer Murray Stewart and Angela Bird; who for almost 50 years has owned a home in the region; it offers comprehensive coverage of this beguiling area; with details on everything from family holidays to walks; cycling; local cuisine and history. Thanks to the author's long history with the area; the guide also reveals the quirks and themes which give the Vendeacute;e its own distinct character; as well as straying just beyond the area's boundaries to incorporate La Rochelle and Nantes; both entry points for those arriving by air and both offering urban distractions for the occasional rainy day. The Vendeacute;e offers all the benefits of a well-established destination; both with French and British visitors; with easy access times from the UK by ferry adding to its appeal. Popular with campers and self-caterers; its sunny climate and 140km of sandy beaches; combined with tree-lined canals and open marshland; make for a diverse outdoor playground. Bradt's The Vendeacute;e and surrounding area includes information on suggested walks and cycleways; and also summarizes the best places for bird-watching. The region has no true cities; or even large towns; but the guide includes details of the many local museums which provide easily accessible insight into the bloody history of an area which has; at times; been central to the evolution of modern-day France.
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