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proclaiming itself the capital of the Marais Breton, the town of
Challans stands on the bas bocage facing the marshes. This large and
thriving town is famous for its ducks and chickens, which it produces in
With almost nineteen thousand residents, it is the second largest town
in the Vendée and acts as a hub for the North West corner of the
Department. It has well established dynamic companies, well over 200
shops and supermarkets, and three weekly markets on Saturdays, Tuesdays
Challans has been famous for its fairs since the middle ages and that
tradition is continued with the very successful Faire des Mines, a
5 day exhibition in early Sept.
Historically Challans was damaged severely during the wars of religion
and King Louis XIII stayed there while preparing for his decisive battle
for the Ile-de-Riez in 1622.
During the Wars of the Vendée the town resisted the Vendéen army’s attacks and remained Republican.
Every year Challans hold the fair "autrefois challans" an old time fair
through out the town for 2010 these fairs will be on the 15th & 22
July also in August on the 5th & 19th.
Ile Aux Jeux. This play centre at Sallertine is ideal for keeping the younger members of the family amused or to celebrate a birthday.
Les Fontenelles, Route d'Apremont. On a site of over 30hectares with a
15hectare lake you can enjoy Jet skiing in all its forms. Also the
Banana Rocket a rodeo on water with up to 8 people at a time.
Open; Monday to Friday 11h to 18.30 1st April to 31st October.
Everyday 15th June to 15th September 10.30 to 19.00
Tarifs; Jet ski with permis 30€ for 10mins.
Banana Rocket 10€ per person
Restaurants in Challans. See full list at Challans Restaurants
Taxis; Taxis Challandais Renaud. 5 rue Noue. Tel. 02 51 93 01 87.
Taxis Daviaud Celton. 46, Chemin Chaussee. Tel. 02 51 93 02 27.
Taxis Sachot. 23a Chemin Gue Monnier. Tel. 02 51 68 26 07.
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