Local Attractions & Activities in The Vendee
In the unspoilt village of Bazoges you will find a magnificent medieval donjon (keep) along with its beautifully laid out garden and a very popular restaurant. For those who fancy a stroll, there is a large picturesque lake at St. Martin Lars or a lovely walk along the river banks behind the chateau at Sainte Hermine. Luçon, with its 16th century cathedral and hidden Jardin Dumaine is within a 20 minute easy drive. The renaissance town of Fontenay-Le-Comte offers guided tours around the Chateau de Terre Neuve and a lot more besides.
For a spot of wine tasting, head to the nearby town of Mareuil-sur-Lay, where local wines can be sampled. Fishing is a popular sport in the Vendée and there are many lakes and rivers to choose from.
You will be spoilt for choice when trying to decide which beach to visit! There are over 25km of sandy beaches only 50 minutes away. The coastal towns of L’Aiguillon, La Tranche sur Mer & La Faute are within easy driving distance, with Les Sables D’Olonne a little further up the coast.
The fantastic Puy du Fou theme park is only 60 minutes away, where you will be transported back in time to the Roman, Viking or Medieval eras. In the summer months the park stays open late into the evening for a spectacular sound and light show. Not to be missed!
The Futuroscope theme park in Poitiers is also only a 75 minute drive away, where you can experience the world of 3D cinema and theme park rides. A great day out and fun for all the family.
For a more tranquil day out, the Marais Poitevin is only 45 minutes away. Here you will find the famous ‘Venise Verte’ with its miles of canals and waterways. A great little place to stop off at is Coulon where you can hire a boat for the morning before sampling some of the local specialties at the many little restaurants scattered along the canal banks.
The port of La Rochelle is just 50 minutes away and is well worth a visit. Here, you will find a bustling harbour with cafes spilling out onto the pavements, a modern aquarium and stylish shopping arcades. For the shopaholics, there are also a couple of out of town commercial centres that contain large hypermarkets, sports shops and every other kind of shop imaginable!