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Discover Benelux |  Special Theme |  Summer Destinations

Where nature is comfortable TEXT: HARUN OSMANOVIC  |  PHOTOS: DOMAINE DU PRé

Every summer season, hundreds of families from the Benelux travel to the shores of  the  Atlantic  Ocean  in  the  French Vendée region, to find a quiet haven of peace and nature. The Domaine du Pré has  the  advantage  of  being  just  fifteen kilometres away from the beach of Saint Gilles Croix yet also on the shores of the lake of Jaunay, making the site ideal for a  relaxing  time  in  the  middle  of  a  protected nature reserve. With  its  brand  new  facilities  –  built  in 2011 – the Domaine du Pré offers many activities for all types of visitors. At the heart  of  the  park  you  will  find  a  500 square  metre  artificial  lake  with  sandy beaches, water games for kids, paddling areas and a deeper water area for adults to swim. Between July and August, the

Domaine  du  Pré  offers  a  club  for  kids with regular activities after which the entire  family  can  meet  for  delicious  local cuisine served at the park’s restaurant. The facilities are all equipped with tasteful modern furniture: studios for two, cottages for  up  to  eight  guests,  the  Domaine  du Pré can accommodate your every need. All the equipment for babies and toddlers can be provided and is available on site in family cottages. If you want to keep more to yourselves  with  all-inclusive  services  – cleaning, bed linen and more – ask for the Privilege cottage for a peaceful and relaxing  stay.  Whatever  your  preference,  the Domaine du Pré will surely invigorate you and yours because nature is comfortable. www.domainedupre.com

Full days and stomachs in Les Landes TEXT: MARTIN PILKINGTON |  PHOTOS: CAMPING LE TATIOU

Concluding that Dutch and Belgian campers who return to Camping Le Tatiou year after year do so because the flat Landes country reminds them of home is too simplistic. After all, the nearby beach of Lespecier is unlike anything in the Netherlands, and few will live in surroundings as naturally beautiful as the site’s scented pine woods.

Mengé: “And there are loads of things to do.  Within  the  site  we  have  two  playgrounds for kids and teenagers, superb sports facilities, outdoor fitness area for adults, a great swimming pool and paddling  pool,  and  of  course  you  can  also play boules. And in the evening we have activities like dancing, karaoke, and theatre for everyone!”

to the restaurant: “They serve plenty of regional  dishes  like  duck  confit  and ‘salade Landaise’ with duck breast and gizzards  if  guests  fancy  a  taste  of  the South West,” says Nathalie. “But if they want simple home cooking we’ve got a mini-mart  too  –  or  simpler  still,  roast chicken and French fries to take away!” www.campingletatiou.com

Nearby there’s an adventure park, paintball and archery are available, plus a network of cycle paths links to neighbouring towns  and  Lespecier  beach.  The  Bias site has naturally evolved since it opened in  1974,  these  days  offering  ‘campétoiles’ (small tents on stilts), bungalows, and mobile homes, along with spacious pitches for touring caravans and tents.  “People  across  the  age  range  are  attracted by the friendly family atmosphere here,” says reception manager Nathalie

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It’s nice to feel at home, but on holiday it’s  great  to  sample  local  specialities, which at Le Tatiou only requires a stroll

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Discover Benelux | Issue 13 | January 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux | Issue 13 | January 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.