Destination guide

A coastal town with character, sun, and beaucoup de fun

If you're looking for a laid-back beach town with lots of character and even more sun, La-Tranche-sur-Mer is just the ticket. This cute little coastline in the Vendee department of western France has miles of wide golden beaches, boardwalks, and charming streets lined with terracotta houses and open-air markets. There are also fishing ports where you can sample fresh shellfish harvested in the area. Its gently sloping beaches and the Atlantic winds create waves that surfers will love. And it's practically all coast, so most La-Tranche-sur-Mer vacation rentals will put you within walking distance of the beach.

Things to do

Forget dinner and a movie; try swimming and a movie!

Traveling with les enfants? Your kids will thank you for bringing them here. They're sure to enjoy the rides and games at L'ile aux Pirates. You can also take them to l'Aunisceane swimming complex, because what kid wouldn't want to float on an inner tube while watching a movie? Farther north there's a themed aquarium, and about 15 miles inland is the Marais Poitevin, a system of wetlands with boating canals sometimes called France's "Green Venice". Speaking of boats, you can also take 1 to the nearby island of Ile-de-Re or the lively coastal town of La Rochelle.

Activities

Brioche and beachfront dining for days

La Trenche is in the Vendee department, which happens to be France's largest brioche producer. If bread is not your bag (but is that even possible?), there are creperies, pizzerias, and bistros all over the city, many of which offer beachfront dining on the promenade. There are also street markets with charming open-air shops. The wide beaches gently slope into the sheltered bay, making them perfect for little ones. If you're rarin' to ride some waves, the surf gets more intense as you head north or farther into the water. There's also a coastal lake where you can take sailing lessons.

Weather

In the good ol' summertime, this tiny town is in its prime

For most of the year, La-Tranche-sur-Mer is a mellow seaside town, but everything heats up in July and August, including the weather and the level of activity. The beaches are radiant, and the town springs to life with street entertainment, shows, and plain ol' fun. When winter rolls around, you're looking at lows in the upper 30s. Expect cold rains in November, although it does rain in small amounts throughout the year. The water is coldest, about 50 degrees, in March, so if you want to swim, it's best to book La-Tranche-sur-Mer vacation rentals in the summer.

Natural features

All scenic on the western front (of France)

Congratulations, you've found the best of the west by staying at 1 of many La-Tranche-sur-Mer vacation rentals. The Vendee department in western France has an oh-so-dreamy seascape on the Bay of Biscay. It's all golden beaches and sand dunes, and farther south, there's the National Nature Reserve of the Bay of Aiguillon, which teems with migrating birds, and mussel and oyster beds. Inland is where you'll see verdant, undulating hills, fields of flowers, vineyards, and quaint historic villages. Also inland is Marais Poitevin, an idyllic wetlands wonder with winding canals and lush vegetation.

How to get there

How to get to and around La Tranche-sur-Mer

Fly into La Rochelle (LRH-La Rochelle - Ile de Re), the closest airport, located 16.4 mi (26.4 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around La Tranche-sur-Mer?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 704 vacation rentals near La Tranche-sur-Mer. From 517 Houses to 66 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near La Tranche-sur-Mer for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to La Tranche-sur-Mer?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in La Tranche-sur-Mer:

  • La Rochelle City Centre: 622 vacation rentals
  • Les Conches: 26 vacation rentals
  • Quartier des Dunes: 97 vacation rentals
  • Quartier de l'Hippodrôme: 98 vacation rentals
  • Port District: 105 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to La Tranche-sur-Mer?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in La Tranche-sur-Mer. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Church of La Tranche-sur-Mer: 3,244 vacation rentals
  • Grouin Lighthouse: 3,063 vacation rentals
  • Ile de Re Bridge: 3,614 vacation rentals
  • Minimes Beach: 3,735 vacation rentals
  • La Flotte Harbor: 3,551 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around La Tranche-sur-Mer listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in La Tranche-sur-Mer?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 517 Houses in La Tranche-sur-Mer. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in La Tranche-sur-Mer include:

  • Villas: 66 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 66 rentals available
  • Cottages: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Caravans and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in La Tranche-sur-Mer?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 144 vacation rentals with pool available in La Tranche-sur-Mer. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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