Le Puy du Fou 70 min - 90km
La Cinéscènie: A spectacular outdoor show where over 800 volunteers present the history of the Vendée. Le Grand Parcours: 30 hectare park with lots to see and do including falconry, knighthood, Vikings and musketeers with a medieval town, 18th century village and so much more. Magic for children and adults alike… www.puydufou.com
Planète Sauvage 1 hr - 65km
Spend a day getting up close and personal with Africa’s wildlife. Take your family on an amazing trip to this must-visit attraction. There’s fun for all the family at this wildlife park in the Vendée. Soak up the warm atmosphere, gaze at animals from 4 continents, visit the bush village and meet the dolphins at Cité Marine. www.planetesauvage.com
Compagnie Yeu Continent 19 min - 12km
Ile d'Yeu is 17km off the coast of the Vendée. The island is teeming with a diverse variety of landscapes… Long the top tuna port on the Atlantic coast, Ile d'Yeu still gives fishing pride of place and catches sea bass, monkfish, sole, turbot, sea bream, hake and red mullet alongside premium shellfish. Ile d'Yeu is a lively, friendly island whose powerful call to the sea casts its spell on anyone who drops anchor here. www.compagnie-yeu-continent.fr
500km cycling network
To share the wealth of its heritage treasures, the Vendée has an impressive 500km cycling network. Countless peaceful paths snake through the department from the coast to the Poitou marsh via the woodland. From the dune to the sea, the marsh and GPS trails.
Bike hire near the campsite www.goelandbleu.fr
Fishermen gather shellfish such as crustaceans, molluscs, fish and even sea urchins during low tide in rocky or sandy areas (Sauzaie beach or Girard marsh). www.horaire-maree.fr/grande-maree/Bretignolles-sur-Mer/
Le Grand Défi 17 min - 13km
Treetop adventure and paintballing for all abilities. Paintballing for children aged 6+!!! Paintballing for adults and children aged 12+!!! Trail for toddlers aged 2+!!! Mega zip lines over the lakes!!! The best zip lining and biggest paintballing in the Vendée minutes from the beach. www.grand-defi.com
Les Canoës du Marais 11 min – 7.5km
New equipment, rules in accordance with safety standards plus affordable prices equal good times guaranteed. Whether it’s for an hour or longer, take a canoe for a picnic in the marsh, a trip to the market (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning) in Saint-Gilles-Croix-De-Vie, to watch the sunset over the marsh, a magical evening ride or a challenging trip from the heart of the marsh to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie fishing port...
And so much more on www.payssaintgilles-tourisme.fr/bretignolles-sur-mer