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.
St Julien des Landes
(4 miles from Dolphin Gîtes)
Grand Défi is forest tree climbing activity with carabinas, etc. similar to
Go Ape in the UK. However, 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 and very 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.
miles from Dolphin Gites)
Situated between Bretignolles and Brem-sur-mer. Nice beach but can be
busy during the peak season. Good Creperie on beach. Easy parking.
Dunes. Nice beach at Brem-sur-mer. Can be busy during peak
season. Easy parking.
Grande Plage. Large beach at St. Gilles. Very nice
beach with cafes along promenade, and water sports. The beach is sign-posted just before you
enter St. Gilles. Follow signs for Grande Plage. Can be busy during peak
Quiet beaches, but not surveyed. Drive to Brem-sur-mer, turn right at small
roundabout on to small road, and take main forest road along the coast. Park along
main forest road and
walk through the woods to the beach. It's about a 20 minute walk to the
beach through the woods.
Beaches. Drive to coast at Bretignolles-sur-mer, turn right and
follow coastal road. There are quite few beaches along the way, some rocky
and some sandy, with parking areas
beaches at La Grande Plage and Les
Dunes are ideal for surfing.
on the Marais Poitevin
from Dolphin Gites)
Embarcadère Marais Plaisance
1 route de Nantes
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.
from Dolphin Gites)
10 Rue des Volettes,
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
There is also the ruins of a château
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 Gites.
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 (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.
are fantastic walks around the local area in the countryside and along the
coast. The local area all around Dolphin Gites 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.
gardens and local countryside around Dolphin Gites are ideal for bird watching. You can walk
to the Jaunay river just behind Dolphin Gites 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 coarse fish in the river Jaunay, just behind Dolphin Gites,
5 minutes walk.
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. The owners would be happy to make enquiries for
you in order to obtain a temporary fishing permit, which is not expensive.
Vendée has the greatest length of rivers
for freshwater fishing in France.