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Outstanding natural sites

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Vendée - Outstanding natural sites

Approximately 10 kilometers south of les Sables d'Olonne, in Talmont-Saint-Hilare, is the Payré estuary. Protected from the ocean by the Pointe du Payré cliffs and the Veillon dunes, the estuary is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna.

In South Vendée, located around the towns of la Tranche-Sur-Mer and la Faute-sur-Mer, is the Casse de la Belle Henriette national nature reserve which covers almost 340 hectares. 

The lagoon is remarkable natural feature with over 360 species of plants and is a migratory stopover.

The Pointe d'Arcay nature reserve is almost an island, bordered on one side by the river Lay and the other side by the Atlantic Ocean.

The rugged Vendéen cliffs between Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, have some outstanding coves and superb ocean views for walkers.

The Mervent-Vouvant forest covers 5.000 hectares and is the largest forest in Vendée, th erivers Mère and Vendée run throught it.

The Marais Poitevin is made up of 112.000 hectares of intertwined canals and countryside.


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