We would like to share our experiences
with you of the nude beaches of Vendee,
and a few further South. Perhaps you could put them on your site as the
location information and local knowledge is very difficult to obtain,
especially in English. Sorry about the lack of photos
Plage des Lays. Between La Barre-de-Monts and Notre-Dame-de-Monts.
This authorized naturist zone begins
200 meters south of the Lays beach access and extends about 800 meters,
ending 200 meters north of the Parée Grollier beach access. We accessed
it by the south end and found ample parking. (GPS:
46.8575, -2.1468) The unpaved road leading to the beach is marked
“Route de la Parée Grollier” and is found on the “Route de la Rive” near
L’Albizia camping. The track is quite bumpy but there is a nice shaded
picnic area half way down. Although the restrictions are as above nudism
seems to start immediately a few paces from the main access point. From
the landward end of the car park a sandy footpath leads off diagonally
through the low dunes to another access point firmly in the nude area.
On repeat trips we used this as it was less effort than walking in the
soft sand of the beach and cuts the walking distance from 500 to 350
yards. We found a mixed crowd with no problems and a lot of social
interaction. The edge of the dunes seems to be used as an extension of
the beach with no problems. I was welcomed by several of the “natives”
but unfortunately lack the knowledge of French to carry out very much
conversation. The main access is the easiest accessed nudist beach I
have ever found and could even be attended by those with limited
And from Will and Mary
One of our favourite French beaches lying just north of
Notre Dame de Monts, easily accessible down a comfortably wide unmade
road from Le Paree Grollier. A decent size car park holding about 70
cars...less if mobile homes are parked at the beach end, if full, plenty
of room on beach road. Just 100 yards from car park exit to beach then
turn right for 200 yards for naturist beach which carries on for about
800 yards...the limits of the naturist area seem very flexible.
Really is a big, generally peaceful beach, except on one
of our visits sand yachts were using the flat, hard sand for
racing...they were oblivious to us but you had to have your wits about
you as you can see. Super sand for beach games etc. The dunes behind
used to be open but are now largely fenced off for conservation...on
balance a good move. Friendly family atmosphere throughout.
Cheers, Will & Mary.