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Local Visits - by car

in the local area

Local Visits - by bicycle

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cycling/ 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/ 





Cycling     more information


The 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.


This is a great cycle ride for all the family with many stop-offs along the way.


Cycling in Vendée

Cycling along the coast, Vendée

Cycling, Jaunay Lake, Vendée

Cycling, Jaunay Lake, Vendée





The Grand Défi  

(3 miles from Dolphin Gites/ St Julien des Landes)


There are 3 fabulous activities at the Grand Defi:


1. Accrobranche (similar to Go Ape in the UK).

2. Laser Tag

3. Paint Ball




"special price reduction for guests staying at Dolphin Gîtes"


Just 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. 


It 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.







Swimming and Surfing


There 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.


The 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.








There 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.


There 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.







Motor boating on the Marais Poitevin  

(80 minutes from Dolphin Gites)


Embarcadère Marais Plaisance

1 route de Nantes

17230 MARANS


Great family fun motor boating in the beautiful Poitevin marshes north of La Rochelle. No licence required. A great visit on the way to La Rochelle or Ile de Ré.







Water Parks


There are 2 great water parks in the area:


1. Atlantic Tobogan at Saint Hilaire de Riez (10 miles away)   website

2. Océanile on the island of Noirmoutier (39 miles away)   website







Canoeing on the river Jaunay  


Just 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 château, 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). 






Vélo Rail at Commequiers


(10 miles from Dolphin Gîtes)



Good fun 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 popular.


As 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.






Bird Watching         birds in the garden


The 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. 


You can often spot Buzzards, Falcons, Kites and Kestrels while sitting in the garden.


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 birds.









The 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 Gîtes.


Fishing 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.


The Vendée has the greatest length of rivers for freshwater fishing in France.









(8 miles from Dolphin Gites)


Golf 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. 


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