FERRY & HOTEL
Hotel les Dunes, La Tranche sur Mer
France > Atlantic Loire Valley > LA TRANCHE SUR MER
Within easy reach of La Rochelle and the beautiful Ile de Ré, it's not hard to see why La Tranche with its wonderful climate and long sandy beaches is one of the Vendée's most popular destinations. It is an excellent watersports c entre particularly for surfers and windsurfers and the town itself has a Mediterranean feel with narrow streets and whitewashed houses plus good restaurants, pavement café-bars and some pretty good ice cream shops. The fabulous beach is backed by pine woods with picturesque trails that are perfect for walks or cycling, and in summer you can take a little boat trip from the port to the Ile de Ré, Ile d'Aix or Fort Boyard. This great little resort has lots to entertain including spectacular floral gardens, a swimming pool complex, horse riding, children's amusement park and evening street entertainment. Festivals, including a very good jazz event in May, also run throughout the year. Well located close to the town centre, you can enjoy a friendly welcome at the family-run Les Dunes which has direct access to the beach through its private car park across the road. There is a good buffet breakfast to start the day, bedrooms are modern and comfortable, and facilities include a bar, an indoor pool (open Apr-end Sept), a small fitness room, Turkish bath and sauna (extra charges apply). Therapeutic massages are also available and paddle boards can be hired.