mountain biking/ swimming/ surfing/ walking/ water parks/ canoeing/
kayaking/ tree climbing forest
activity (Grand Defi)/ pedal powered railway (Velo Rail)/ bird watching/ fishing/ golf/ paintball/
quads/ laser tag/ sailing/ horse riding/ go Karting/ beach surfing/
area is ideal for cycling because it is relatively flat rural landscape,
very beautiful, with
fantastic cycle paths and small roads and dirt tracks ideal for cycling. You can cycle to great beaches, quaint villages,
cross country through beautiful countryside, cycle to the shops, the
beach and to local cafés and restaurants.
is a great cycle ride for all the family with many stop-offs along the
are miles of sandy coastline with great beaches and shallow waters great
for swimming and surfing. The beaches at Brétignolles-sur-mer and St
Gilles (Grande Plage) are considered excellent for surfing. You can swim
almost anywhere, however, the safest are the green flag beaches with a
surveillance tower. The CRS act as lifeguards in the summer months. There
are red and orange warning flags flying from the surveillance tower if the
water is too choppy for safe swimming.
best beaches in the local area are the Normandelière at
Brétignolles-sur-mer, Les Dunes in Brem sur-mer and the Grande Plage at St Gilles
Croix-de-vie and the spectacular bow
shaped beach at Les Sables d'Olonne.
are fantastic walks around the local area in the countryside and along the
coast. The local area all around Dolphin Gîtes is known as the
bocage and is a relatively wild natural beauty. Routes are all sign posted and numbered along country lanes and
delightful rural tracks. There is an information leaflet with all the local walks marked on
a map with numbers which appear on wooden sign posts. This
leaflet can be obtained from the owners or from any local tourist information.
are so many good walks in the local area. You can walk around
the Jaunay lake which is about 10 miles along small roads,
dirt tracks and a path along the banks of the lake. It is a
beautiful walk which is quite challenging in places. Leave
your car at the Pré restaurant and walk the lake.
are 2 great water parks in the area:
Atlantic Tobogan at Saint Hilaire de Riez (10 miles away)
Océanile on the island of Noirmoutier (39 miles away)
on the river Jaunay
a short distance from Dolphin Gîtes, you can hire canoes or kayaks and enjoy a leisurely
row along the river. There are many different locations for hiring canoes.
You can hire canoes on the river Jaunay in La Chaize Giraud (Canoe Vendée,
near the big
roundabout), also in Apremont at the river next to the beautiful
in the salt marshes at Brem-sur-mer and Olonne sur-mer and on the river
Jaunay near Givrand (on the way to St. Gilles).
'Grand Défi' at St Julien des Landes
are 3 activities at the Grand Defi:
Accrobranche (similar to Go Ape in the UK).
price reduction for guests staying at Dolphin Gîtes"
a few miles from Dolphin Gîtes, the tree climbing activity at the Grand
Defi is one of the best. It is set up in a superb location in a natural
forest, with a great team of instructors. The instructors speak English
and there are challenge levels for all ages and abilities. There is a
fantastic long zip wire over the lake.
is a great day out for all the family and if you can show that you are
staying at Dolphin Gîtes, we have negotiated a price reduction.
Rail at Commequiers
miles from Dolphin Gîtes)
muscle powered train journey along a deserted railway track through unspoilt countryside. The
Vélo Rail starts in Commequiers and continues a
few kilometers through woods and scenic countryside. An enjoyable activity
for all the family. It is advisable to book in the peak season as it is so
well as the Velo Rail, there are also the ruins of a château
at Commequiers, as well as a very good restaurant opposite the Velo Rail.
in the garden
gardens at Dolphin Gites and surrounding countryside are ideal for bird watching. You can walk
to the Jaunay river just behind Dolphin Gîtes and you are in a superb natural
setting ideal for spotting King Fishers and other quite rare species.
can often spot Buzzards, Falcons, Kites and Kestrels while sitting in the
In the garden you
can often spot Hoopoes and Woodpeckers. There are a fantastic range of species
which can be observed regularly while walking along the banks of the
Jaunay lake. There is an excellent observatory in the protected marshes
near Olonne sur-mer, where you can see Avocets and other quite rare wading
Vendée is completely traversed by rivers and estuaries and it is an extremely
popular fishing destination. It has the reputation for good fishing. In
fact, you can fish in the river Jaunay only a few hundred meters from Dolphin
is also possible in the magnificent Jaunay lake for both day and night
fishing. Sea fishing is also very popular along the coast. Fishing is also
popular in the marshes. You can obtain a temporary fishing permit, which is not
expensive from the tourist information office.
Vendée has the greatest length of rivers
for freshwater fishing in France.
miles from Dolphin Gites)
des Fontenelles is an excellent 18 hole golf course and rarely
crowded even during the high season. It is easy to book and
relaxed with regard to dress code. This superb 18 hole golf
course is only 10 minutes' drive from Dolphin Gîtes.