Must-sees near Le Domaine du Pré
There are some places you won't want to miss during your stay at Le Domaine du Pré. Our team all agree that the top attractions have to be the two islands of Ile d'Yeu and Noirmoutier and the outstanding theme park Le Puy du Fou. To help you prepare your stay as easily as possible, you can book your boat crossings and entrance tickets at our on-site ticket office at discounted rates.
Lying 17 km offshore, Ile d'Yeu is the furthest island off the French Atlantic coast. It covers a land surface of 23 km² and boasts an extremely varied range of landscapes just waiting to be explored.
Long beaches and coastal dunes are bordered by coniferous woods and a rugged cliff-lined coastline hugs white sandy coves. Wild plants on the stretches of heathland quiver gently in the coastal breeze, while hollow paths criss-cross through valleys and hills. Little houses with tiled roofs and colourful shutters huddle among the willows and blackthorn trees which dot the patchwork parcels of marshy land.
You can reach the Ile d'Yeu by boat from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie then hire bikes on the island to explore every nook and cranny!
This is another gem of an island and is joined to the mainland by a 4.5 km-long submersible causeway known as the Passage du Gois, so you can drive or cycle over to it when the tide is out.
Other must-sees include the Bois de la Chaise woodland with an array of Mediterranean plants, the Plage des Dames beach with its picturesque wooden pontoon and bathing huts, the castle and the village of Noirmoutier en l'Ile where you can stroll around the little shops, along the seaway or visit the Sealand aquarium, making a great family day out.
Stop and taste the island's delicacies while you're there - delicious little "benotte" potatoes, or "fleur de sel" harvested straight from the local salt marshes.
Le Puy du Fou
Just an hour's drive from the Domaine, this is an attraction you won't want to miss!
In the daytime, head to the Grand Parc, which was voted best theme park in the world in 2013. A talented team produces astounding shows and displays that will take you on a journey through the ages. We strongly recommend booking in advance.
At night: relish the magic of the Cinéscénie show on a 23-hectare stage as 1,200 actors retrace the tumultuous history of the Vendée region. This is the biggest night-time show in the world, and you'll need to book in advance.
At Christmas: Le Puy du Fou opens over the festive period with their exclusive and breathtaking show Les Mystères de Noël. Advance booking required.