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often referred to as the "Carnac of the Vendée" due to the large number
of Neolithic remains in the vicinity. There are some100 Menhir and 23
Dolmen that literally litter the area.
Avrille is on the D949 Lucon to Les Sables d'Olonne road and is a quiet
country village with its roots firmly planted in history.
Behind the Mairie is France’s tallest Menhir, the "Menhir du camp de
Cesar" and this name gives a glimpse of Avrille’s past. The name being
derived from the Roman word for owner, and as the village being on the
road between the Roman towns of Olonne-sur-mer and Lucon, it extremely
likely that there would have been many Roman villas or even a Roman settlement here.
The Renaissance Chateau de la Guignardiere just outside the village is well preserved and is open to the public with an adventure park with riddle trails for children.
CAIRN (Centre archaeological initiation research Neolithic)
a living museum, it is fun and educational and invites the visitor
venture 5,000 years back in time and explore its prehistory putting one
in the shoes of a prehistoric man. It allows one to experience a time of
fire without matches, to participate in interactive workshops,
demonstrations of hunting and flint knapping, and to visit the
reconstruction of a house and a prehistoric dolmen.
Animaux de la Ferme.
Just one kilometre from the town this 10 hectare country park has over
500 animals that will entertain children and adults alike.
Dolmen de la Frebouchere. This is the largest prehistoric burial
chamber in the Vendée near the village of Le Bernard some 6 kilomters
from Avrille. The sheer size of this Neolithic monument is sure to
Restaurants; Hotel du Lion d'Or. 39.Ave General de Gauille. Tel.02 51 22 32 12.
Port St.Jean. 14, General de Gauille. Tel.02 51 61 94.
L'Assiette. 16,Ave de Lattre de Tassigny. Tel. 02 51 22 36 30.
Camping. Le Domaine des Forges. Rue des Forges, Avrillé, Phone: 02 51 22 38 85
St Hilaire la Foret. Camping les Batardieres. Tel. 02 51 33 33 85
Camping la Grand'metaires. 8, Rue Vineuse en Plaine. Tel 02 51 33 32 38
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