La TrancheCamping les Dunes****
Camping les Dunes is a friendly site situated at Les Conches de Longeville about five miles from La Tranche-sur-Mer, between Sables d’Olonne and La Rochelle.
The campsite is attractively laid out in a forest clearing, with pine trees dotted among the partially shaded, sandy emplacements. From the rear of the campsite there is a sandy path which leads through the woods to the beach. It will take approximately fifteen minutes to walk to the beach. Alternatively, you can drive down the road and find ample parking space behind a long, sandy beach backed by the sand dunes and pine forests.
There is a pedestrian area located by the bar with tables and chairs where you can relax with some food or a drink, which gives a really continental feel. This is where the evening entertainment takes place during July and August, usually twice a week.
There are two separate excellent swimming pools, one covered and one open air, both with waterslides and children’s paddling pools. There is a children’s play area, a small, but well stocked shop, a cooked meals service and family bar.
Only electric barbecues may be used on this campsite.
Bikes can be hired from the local village. Rentals can be for a half-day, for the day or for the week and there are cycle paths close to the campsite. From there you can cycle along the coast, meander inland, or venture off into the pine forests. The following website link will take you to a very informative map which shows some interesting cycle trips to take. Unfortunately this is only in French at the present time, but you will be able to follow it in conjunction with a map. Have a look at: pistes-cyclables.vendee.fr
Translation Aid: The Blue routes are by the sea, the Green routes are in the Marais Poitevin (an area of interlinking canals that were used by farmers to transport goods and live stock), the Red routes are in the country. The Thick red lines are: purpose made cycle tracks. Broken red lines: Cycle track beside the road, separated from it by a low hedge or low barrier. Red circles: Cycle lane on the road, marked out on the right hand side. Broken dark blue lines: cycle tracks to be constructed.
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