Visiting Vendays Montalivet
A 12-km-long beach, 40 km of walking trails, 30 km of bike paths and 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of woodland, this is what Vendays Montalivet is first and foremost about. An ideal place for sportspeople and nature lovers! It is also possible to practice such activities as sand yachting, surfing, horse-riding and paintball.
A short walk away from the ocean, young adventurers will enjoy the Parc de l’Aventure and its treetop course, its minigolf course, go-karting and donkey-riding. Courses offer several levels with more than 60 games.
Culture-wise, head towards the Grange du Patrimoine museum, which narrates the last 100,000 years of history of Médoc.
From there, you are less than half an hour away from Hourtin, a locality where you can find the 5-star camping in Gironde La Côte d’Argent and its splendid 20-hectare rolling landscape.
What to do around Vendays Montalivet in Gironde?
The vineyards of Bordelais and their prestigious wines have a place of honour here. Numerous sites are open for you to visit and take a tasting of (in moderation), in particular in the Médoc and Blayais regions.
Pine forests are the prominent aspect of the village of Hourtin, which, together with the adjacent village of Carcans, shares the largest closed lake in France, with more than 6,200 hectares. It receives water from small rivers named “crastes” before flowing into the lake of Lacanau by way of the ponds’ canal, and later into the Arcachon Bay.
For other strolls across the bucolic setting, the Natural Reserve of the Dunes and Marshes of Hourtin is the most extended with 2,150 hectares. It harbours several diverse ecosystems with stunning, charming landscapes.
Later on, head towards Lège-Cap Ferret and its lighthouse, its famous birds’ island, and the tranquil waters of the Shoal of Arguin, to be reached on foot or by boat. There, you will be able to enjoy oysters on the waterfront. For sportspeople, the famous Dune of Pilat lies not far from there at Arcachon.
To sightsee more sympathetic and atypical spots, save a few days for the Citadel of Blaye, the Cordouan Lighthouse, or to discover Saint-Estèphe, its cultural town and its monuments as well as its inescapable Médoc vineyards.
Talmont-sur-Gironde is also a stunning place, partly thanks to its geographical situation, as it sits on a rocky headland. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Estuary”, it is one of the favourite villages among the French. This fortified town possesses one of the most splendid Romanesque churches in the region, with its choir and its ornamentation of sculpted arches. The site appears splendid at sunset, when the tide is low, and you walk down towards the rocks.
Where to stay at a camping in Gironde near Vendays Montalivet?
On the territory of Hourtin one can find a pleasant, family-friendly 5-star camping in Gironde. Partially shaded by magnificent pines, it is located only 300 m or a mere thousand feet from the beach. Among its best assets is an aquatic resort that exceeds 5,000 sq.m with several pools for users of all ages. It offers various water game settings, slides, wading pools, deckchairs and sunshades.
The campsite offers mobile homes for rent, with all the amenities and the possibility to accommodate up to 8 people. Besides, one can find large plots under the pine trees to settle. This camping in Gironde also offers such services as a bar and restaurant, a wine cellar and a shop. Not to mention the starting point of a bike lane, play areas, a fitness room, or even various sports fields.