THE PAYS-DE-MONTS STATE FORESTS
The Notre-Dame-de-Monts camp site will advise you on walks in the Pays-de-Monts state forest, in a magnificent setting for nature walks and exploration.
The Pays-de-Monts state forest extends across the dunes, 25kms long between Fromentine to the north and Sion-sur-l’Océan to the south.
It is up to 2,300 metres wide, covering a surface area of 2,280 hectares.
This offers the opportunity to learn how to identify and differentiate between the different types of pine tree, and identify the spoor of wild animals.
Heron breeding grounds – these are one of the Pays-de0Monts’ state forest’s key attractions. At a special site, grey herons and little egrets live side by side. You’ll be captivated by the shy flight and squabbling that takes place between these two species. The Heron rookery is home to 900 nests in total. Cluster pines of an average height of 20m can contain up to ten or so nests per tree from April to the beginning of June.
La Maison de la Dune et de la Forêt centre:
- GPS discovery tracks
- Guided walks in the Pays-de-Monts state dunes and forests
- A temporary exhibition dedicated to marshes.
Make your way through the state forests lining the Vendée coastlines. A 40km cycling track is on offer for exploring alone or as a family.
From a height of 70m, this castle offers breathtaking views over the marsh, the coast, the forest, and the Islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier.
An adventure to enjoy as a family, to delight both young and old owing to an interactive exhibition on water and the workshops offered.