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Angles 7 kilometers from La Tranche sur Mer
is a small town typical of those found in the South Vendée. Enjoying
one of the finest climates in France it is an ideal base to discover not
only the beaches of the South Vendée but the natural beauty of the Marais Poitevin and the Bas Bocage.
The Church of Angles is one of the most interesting in the Vendée and of
particular interest is its Nave, the late 12 century architecture
typical of the Plantagenet style. The large statues are thought to
represent Richard the Lion Heart and his parents, though others say they
are symbols of Virtues. Under the choir which has is barrel-vaulted, is
The facade is crowned by a bear-like evil beast which it is claimed ate
latecomers, but was turned to stone by the holy hermit Martin, there are
many myths both pagan and Christian that have been associated with this
pre Christian statue.
Tour de Moricq
kilometres east of the town is the 15th century Moricq Tower. This
impressive fortified tower was once used to defend the small harbour on
the river Lay. The Tower is the Donjon of the ancient chateau-fort of
1090 built by Giraudus de Morech, it was reconstructed in 1435 and
played an important role during the 100 years war before being abandoned
and later becoming a grain store. It was bought by the commune of
Angles in 1988 and restored. It is also interesting to note that an
exact copy of this tower can be found in Nicosia in Cypress where Guy de
Lusignan, a member of the wealth and influential Vendéen family who
owned much of this part of France, was king of Cypress from 1192.
The Port of Moricq.
Formerly a very active port, exporting cereals, wines and wood to La
Rochelle and Bordeaux. The river was navigatible as far as
Mareuil-sur-Lay with the small harbours of St. Benoist and Curzon in
between. The sea withdrew and the port few into disuse.
Situated near to Moricq this charming small building sits astride a
small canal. It is not known the date of construction, but it's purpose
was as a tax collection office, taxes were levied on all goods destined
for local consumption. Recently restore it's charm is captured by
artists of all types.
Today Angles is a holiday Centre during the summer months and as such
has a lively feel to it and a good supply of shops and restaurants and a
colourful market, it is well worth the detour to visit if you are in
this part of the Vendée.
Markets 1st July to 31st August, Wednesdays and Sunday Morning out of season the second Wednesday of the month.
From June to September you can get a programme of events from the Tourist Office.
On the road from Angles to Les Conches look out for the storks that nest
on top of electric pylons as you cross the marshes, also on the right
is a small memorial to British airmen that were shot down in July 1940,
the memorial now flies the RAF standard.
Restaurants in Angles. Auberge La Quichenotte 1,rue Garde. Tel.02 51 97 50 01.
La Cambuse. 7,rue Docteur Prevose. Tel. 02 51 30 22 48
Le Bon Accueil. 5, rue Nationale. Tel. 02 51 28 98 56.
Auberge de Moricq. 6 rue de l'Avenir. Tel. 02 51 56 68 30.
Camping Club Atlantic 6, rue du Chemin de Fer Tel. 02 51 27 03 19.
Camping Grisse. Le Givre. Tel. 02 51 30 83 03.
Clos Cottet. Route La Tranche-sur-Mer. Tel. 02 51 28 90 72
Camping Moncalm, Centre ville. Tel. 02 51 56 08 78.
Camping le Port de Moricq. Rue des Grues. Tel. 02 51 28 95 21.
Camping le Troussepoil. Route d'Angles, Longville. Tel.02 51 97 51 50.
Les Aulnettes. Route de la Mere. La Rabouillere. Longville. Tel. 02 51 33 55 52.
Taxi Anglois, Yann Rodallec Tel. 06 11 30 66 00
Taxi Corinne. Tel. 02 51 97 48 80 or 06 14 27 35 91
Bike Hire. Cycles Belliard, 30 rue de l'Ocean, Longville. Tel. 02 51 33 29 52.
Cyclo Trek. 21 Rue du Pertuis Breton, La Tranche-sur-Mer. Tel.02 51 30 40 50.
Velo Vert- Alain Coutin. 29 Rue du Champ Guerin,
Angles. Tel.06 80 2465 62.
Images of Angles
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