Camping Sol a Gogo is a popular four star campsite situated on the coast in the Pays de Saint Gilles area of the Vendee on the West Coast of France. The campsite has private access to a golden sandy beach, "Plage de La Pège", (only 50 metres). This campsite is a relatively small, friendly campsite that is ideal for families with young children.
The campsite is situated near Saint Hilaire de Riez and in the local area you will find plenty to see and do, ranging from sailing schools, cycle routes, water parks, beaches, zoos and restaurants. You can cycle through the dunes on one of the cycle trails that leave from the Sol a Gogo campsite. There is a small shop 300 metres from the campsite as well as other larger supermarkets a short drive away.
Popular tourist resorts of St Gilles Croix de Vie and St Jean de Monts can be visited from this popular French campsite.
The campsite features a choice of 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom mobile homes with wooden decking terrace.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
Find out more about the beaches and things to do in the local area around the campsite, including a map of the area at this website : http://www.sainthilairederiez.fr Saint Hilaire de Riez is also home to the Atlantic Toboggan water park which should keep the whole family amused !
A lively resort fifteen miles to the south of the campsite. There is also a zoo in Sables d'Olonne which is well worth visiting. This zoo is a 44km (52 mins) drive away. Almost 200 animals belonging to about forty species can be found at the zoo, including some endangered species. You will see flamingoes, snakes, gibbons, jaguars, lions, tigers, giraffes, red pandas and meerkats as well as many other animals, birds and reptiles.
St Jean des Monts is a lively tourist resort to the north offering beach activities, markets, restaurants and bars.
The pretty fishing port of St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is well worth a visit.
Visit the salt marshes of Anthony Oger, salt producer at St-Hilaire. Explore the meadows, canals and waterways of the "Marais Poitevin" has canals and a criss cross of waterways which is also home to some nice restaurants.
During the summer months you can take a ferry from St.Gilles-Croix-de-Vie to the small island of Ile d'Yeu. The ferry journey takes about 45 minutes arriving in Port-Joinville which has many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. You can also walk or cycle around the island.
The Indian Forest is an adventure park with high ropes courses suitable for different ages and abilities from low level children's courses to advanced level courses high up in the trees. There is a picnic area, a woodland, paintball, mini golf, climbing wall.
The Puy du Fou historic theme park is well worth a visit. Enjoy an excellent day out watching displays of Vikings, Romans and gladiators from aspects of French history. There is also a bird of prey show with fantastic displays of flying. The whole park is themed and there are various eating places and shops set in villages on the park. There is also an evening spectacle which includes over 100 horses. It is a "must see" if you are in the area but it is expensive to visit so it is as well to plan in advance.
This 'vélo rail' runs through the countryside on 10 km of old train lines from Commequiers to Coex. You need to book your trip on the Velo Rail in advance. However, be warned, it can be hard work, particularly if you meet another velo vehicle coming in the opposite direction. You need at least two adults (preferably strong ones !) as you may find you need to lift the vehicle off the single track if you meet another one travelling in the opposite direction as there are no sidings en route ! There are a number of velo rails throughout France.
On Ile Noirmoutier (41 km) you will find the fantastic waterpark of Oceanile with more than 20 water rides, torrents, raft rides, slides and wave pools to entertain the whole family. There is also an indoor pool. You can easily spend all day here. (Entrance fee was approx 55Euros for a family in 2013).
The ancient port of La Rochelle has narrow streets, a fortified harbour and a fabulous aquarium. The centre of La Rochelle is compact enough to explore on foot. However if you want to get around more quickly you might like to try the self-service Vélo Jaune (city-owned yellow bikes), found at 26 key points across the city. You can also hire the bikes directly from Quai Valin (May-Sept) and all year on Place de Verdun. The first two hours are free, and you pay 1 Euro for every hour after that. You could also use the Bus de Mer electric boats to helo you get around.