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Der weitläufige Strand von La Tranche-sur-mer, Bild: Elisa Locci / shutterstock

La Tranche-sur-Mer – the rugged charm of the Atlantic coast

“Little California” is what the locals affectionately call their “La Tranche-sur-Mer”. And they don’t promise too much. Because the 13 kilometers of white sandy beaches and the many hours of sunshine are in no way inferior to the American place of longing. No wonder that the authentic seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast attracts thousands of visitors every year.

La Tranche-sur-Mer – charming pearl in the Vendée

The French region “Pays de la Loire” is known worldwide for its charming seaside resorts. One of its most beautiful addresses is La Tranche-sur-Mer. Those seeking relaxation and water sports enthusiasts are in good hands in the small community. Whether swimming, diving, jet skiing, sailing or a joyride on a catamaran – there is something for every holiday taste. Surfers in particular get their money’s worth here. The stormy Atlantic Ocean provides them with showcase waves – be it for kitesurfing, windsurfing or classic surfing. If you prefer to take it easier and more leisurely on the water, grab a stand-up paddle board and enjoy the view of the endless sandy beaches of La Tranche-sur-Mer.

Good news for beginners: Even without experience, any water sport can be effortlessly enjoyed here – whether sailing, diving or surfing. The many water sports schools directly on the beach make everyone fit for the waves.

Cyclists and hikers are welcome

Not only passionate water sports enthusiasts appreciate La Tranche-sur-Mer. Enthusiastic hikers and cyclists also feel at home in the charming seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast.

A special highlight are the approximately 30-kilometre-long cycle paths, picturesquely along the French coasts. The municipality can even serve with a stage of the famous Vélodyssée.

Discover the lively cultural scene of La Tranche-sur-Mer

In addition to water sports, La Tranche-sur-mer has a second flagship – its lively cultural scene. There is always something on offer in the French community. The small cafés, bars and restaurants with a view of the sea are always well filled – just like the pretty streets, squares and alleys. They are the ideal stage for festivals and street concerts.

The streets of La Tranche-sur-Mer are particularly lively in summer. From May to August, the community is often transformed into a cultural festival. Whether it’s La Déferlante de Printemps, the fireworks for the national celebration or the Les Vélos Régalades – the entertainment programme is colourful.

The most beautiful highlights of La Tranche-sur-Mer

1. Les Floralies

Families with children in particular like to spend their afternoons at “Les Floralies”. The spacious nature park invites you to laze around, sunbathe and explore. Visitors also learn new things about France’s wild Atlantic coast. Informative reading boards provide information about the rugged beauty. A visit to the beehive is also worthwhile, as is a visit to the petting zoo. The typical French animals from the region are only too happy to be pampered with cuddles.

Shops in La Tranche-sur-mer
If you have already spent your holidays in France’s seaside resorts, the coastal shops with small restaurants will certainly look somehow familiar, Image: Traveller70 / shutterstock

2. La Belle Henriette

On August 31, 2011, the nature reserve between La Tranche-sur-Mer and L’ Aiguillon-la-Presqu’Ile opened its doors to interested visitors. Since then, the almost 340 hectares have invited visitors to explore the maritime estate. The heart of the reserve is the charming pedestrian bridge. It leads stylishly across the lagoon.

3. The Church of Saint-Nicolas

The Eglise St-Nicolas is also looking forward to a visit. It has adorned the French community since 1868. La Tranche-sur-Mer owes the sacred building to Léon Ballereau, a renowned architect from Luçon. What immediately catches the eye is the decorative church clock. It has been telling the locals the time since 1930.

4. Grouin du Cou

In La Tranche-sur-Meer, it can quickly get stormy. Even experienced captains have great respect for the rough seas with their many limestone floors. No wonder there have been a few shipwrecks off the bustling Tranchaise coasts in the past. It is not for nothing that the Grouin du Cou lighthouse was built in 1866. He reliably showed the sailors the way. It’s just a pity that the original was destroyed by the Germans on July 24, 1944. But fortunately, the lighthouse was rebuilt as early as 1950.

Take a leisurely holiday in La Tranche-sur-Mer – a good idea 365 days a year

There is no perfect time to visit La Tranche-sur-Mer. All year round, the traditional French coastal town on the Atlantic cuts a fine figure. In spring, autumn and winter, even in rough wind and weather, it is wonderful to walk along the long sandy beaches and stop off in the tasteful cafés and pubs. On warm spring and summer days, nothing stands in the way of bathing fun. From kitesurfing to a sailing trip to stand-up paddling, everything is possible.


Weather in La Tranche-sur-Mer

Month Average maximum temperature (°C) Average low temperature (°C) Precipitation (mm) Sunny days
January 8 3 85 10
February 9 3 65 9
March 12 5 70 12
April 15 7 62 15
May 18 10 58 17
June 21 13 45 20
July 24 15 40 23
August 24 15 45 22
September 22 13 55 20
October 17 10 70 15
November 12 6 85 10
December 9 4 90 8