Just a few hundred metres from the sea, three hectares of zoological gardens are home to hundreds of animals including many endangered species at Zoo des Sables. There are lots of feeding displays to get involved with, including giraffes, otters and sea lions.
St Julien-des-Landes, VendeeSite code: VS011
Nearest Beach: Les Dunes, Brétignolles sur Mer 12km
Nearest Lake: Direct Access
Nearest River: 1km
Nearest Town: St Julien-des-Landes 2km
- Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie: 26km
- Challans: 30km
- Ile de Noirmoutier: 78km
- La Rochelle: 90km
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For a day of sightseeing the seaside town of Sables d’Olonne is ideal. There are lots of sights to take in: Musée de l’Abbaye displaying modern and contemporary art, Notre Dame de bon port church, St Nicholas Priory, lighthouses, a sea museum and much more.
You don’t have to go far from the parc to see the beautiful sites of France, in fact, the parc itself is set in charming woods and meadows with lakes, and the beaches are just 15 minutes away by car. St Julien-des-Landes is a great tourist destination, Lake Jaunay is a great place to discover and the recreational area of Baudrière is a good place to spend some time.
Feel your senses come alive at Le Jardin de Olfacties – a stunning display of fragrant flowers which are even more incredible on a Wednesday and Friday night during the music and light show.
If you would like to unearth the history of the area then the medieval fortress of Richard the Lion Heart is a top destination, just under 30 km away. It has an entertaining and educational trail and there are lots of brilliant displays such as falconry, knights on horse back and crossbow shooting.