Facing towards the Ile de Ré, is the pretty small town of La Tranche sur Mer, sometimes called “little California” because of its extensive sunshine and favourable microclimate. Alongside the typical white painted houses and narrow streets are 13km of fine sandy blue flagged beaches. Our favourite is la Terriere beach, perfect for watersports. With 3 surf schools, you’ll be spoiled for choice, but all our children learned to surf at Koa Surf School with Olivier and his team.
A short drive from La Tranche, are 2 fantastic parks. First up, O’Gliss Park, the biggest waterpark in France, with beach areas, sedate lazy as well as crazy rivers, thrill seeker vertical slide drops, and virtual reality white water rafting – something to please everyone. Just down the road, partner O’Fun Park is a forest adventure park with a lovely mix of activities including zip lines, paintball, a fun zone with inflatables, water jumps, pony rides… the list goes on! Also accessible nearby is the Marais Poitevin “Green Venice” area where leisurely canal boat trips, bird watching, cycling and fishing are all possible.