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situated in the north east corner of the Vendee Department, is well
located for discovering the Haut Bocage of the Vendee, nearby
attractions include le Mont des Alouettes, the Abbaye de la Grainetiere, The Chateau des Herbiers, le Donjon d'Ardelay, the Puy du Fou, and the steam railway.
Les Herbiers is the second largest commune in the Vendee and has a
population of 15,500, it is 6okms from Nantes and is on junction 29 of
the A87 autoroute.
The old town still retains the charm of a market town with narrow
streets and alleyways and large open parks that offer a sanctuary
of quiet and relaxation.
The origin of the name Les Herbiers is from Herbadilla (ville de
l'herbe) due to its closeness to the zone of herbs and the marshland
At the time when Jules César invades Gaulle, a Roman legion “ named the
Lark” is established on the hill which dominates the Herbaria and which,
since, bears the name "Mount of the Larks" (Mont des Alouettes).
During the Middle Ages, the religious, intellectual and agricultural
activity of the abbey of Grainetière transformedl the area, but it was
not saved during the 'Hundred years war'. The English invaded it but
were later driven out by Guesclin.
The end of the X1Xe century saw the opening of a shoe factory by Lois
Rondeau and then in 1964 the small communities of Herbaria and Ardelay
were joined to form the modern day town of Les herbiers, since which it
has profited from exceptional development in trade, industry and
Les Alouettes. The Mount of the Larks at 231m, offers an imposing panoramic view over the whole of the lower Bocage.
Swept by the winds of the history, this small hill who's origins come
from the base camp of a Roman legion, "the Larks", originally had 8
windmills of which now only 3 remain. one still functions thus keeping
the memory of a tradition of the old miller alive. ( visits from April
These wind mills played a vital part during the Wars of the Vendee, by
transmitting from hill to hill the information on the movements of the
To commemorate the memory of the Wars of the Vendée, an elegant
neo-gothic vault was set up in 1825, according to the wish of the
duchess of Angouleme.
Each summer, it is the theatre with varied animations.
Today Les Herbiers is a modern town with its eyes firmly fixed on the
future, it is an ideal centre from which to explore the haut bocage, the
modern shopping malls of the perimeter of the town contrast with the
inner heart of the town which still retains an old world charm.
Centre Aquatique Cap Vert. Rue Pierre de Coubertin open in the summer 7/7
competition pool, leisure spa area and jacuzzi, leisure facilities : water slide , fountains, wading
Outdoor facilities open from May to September, Solarium, outdoor lawn
and beach, lagoon and outdoor playground, pentagliss ( Toboggan 4
lanes), ball pool with waves and bubble bench .real beach volleyball
Fast food Cafeteria open for the same period as the outdoor.
Restaurants; Les Herbiers has a large selection of restaurants, see Restaurants Les Herbiers for details.
Camping; Camping les Loges, Les Loges. Tel. 02 51 67 02 54.
Camping La Choletiere. La Choletiere. Tel. 02 51 67 33 89.
Bike Hire; Cycles Roland Berland, 5, Ave des Sables. Tel. 02 51 66 81 51.
Horse Riding; Centre équestre, Poney Club La Rebouchonnière Tél : 02.51.66.85.73 ou 06.03.52.49.84
Taxis; ABS Taxis. 15, rue Duguay Trouin. Tel.02 51 91 16 16.
Alloic. 7, rue Marechal Juin. Tel. 02 51 66 02 55.
Taxis Herbretais. 22,rue Guerche. Tel. 02 51 67 11 53.
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