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Attractions Sud Vendée

The variety of attractions in the South Vendée is as varied as the landscapes, it covers all the choices that one would hope to find on a holiday visit and more. Those attractions relating to nature and historic events are particularly well covered, but for those who want more energetic attractions are also well catered for.

Below are listed the various types of attraction with links to pages for further details.

Abbays and Churches
Abbaye du Maillezais, large abbey on the Marais Poitevin it is architecturally unique in the Poitou Saintonge.
Abbay Nieul-sur-l'autise
Granted royal status by Eleanor of Aquitaine. Open daily throughout the year.
Abbaye de St.Michel-en-l'Herm. Founded in 682 part of the abbey is open to the public
Lucon Cathedral.
The Cathedral of Lucon dominates the skyline for miles around. Cardinal Richelieu was a Bishop here.
Notre-Dame de Fontenay-le-Comte. Founded in the 12th century as an Augustinian abbey.
Cheffois.  Medieval fortified church.

Château de L'hermenault.
In 1003 a fortified priory was built here and was annexed to the Bishops of Maillezais abbey.
Château Terre-Neuve.
Fontenay-le-Comte. Built in 1580, contains monumental fireplaces, stone carved ceilings.
Chateau Bessay .This renaissance château has a magnificent Henry 1V  tower and ancient pigeonnier.
Château-la-Citardiere. Renaissance castle built around 1625 for Jacques de Morienne a tax collector.

Musée Vendeen. Fontenay le Comte. One of the major Museums of the Vendée.
Musee Andre Deluol. St.Michel-en-l'herm. Works of scupture Andre Deluol.
Maison de Maitre Digues. Museum on the Workings and drainage of the Marais.

Towns & Villages;
Fontenay-le-Comte 1000 years of history. Some of the best renaissance architecture in the Vendée.
Bazoges Medieval Donjon & pigeon loft
Vouvant church and medieval ramparts. Village of Painters.
Mouilleron-en-Pareds windmills and musée deux victories
Foussais of the historic treasures of the Vendée.
Port de Courdault. Last working port on the Marais Poitevin now a very attractive and relaxing spot.

Natural Attractions:
Mervent Forest.
This ancient forest with its lakes is as interesting as it is Beautiful.
Marais Poitevin. 2nd Largest wetlands in France with many attractions
St Denis du Payre
Nature reserve and observation station on the edge of the Marais Poitevin.
Vix nature reserve
reserve biologique de Nalliers-Mouzeuil
Point de l'Aiguillon
River Vendee An Interesting guide to the river that gave the department its name.
River Lay. Longest river in the Vendee.

Vendée Beaches   La terriere
                           La Tranche-sur-Mer
                           La Faute-sur-Mer
                           Xanton Chassenon. Lakeside beach near Fontenay-le-Comte
                           Mervent at the base Nautique

Gardens and Zoos:
Court d'Aron
.  Ornimental & Tropical Gardens
Jardins Damaine
Fontenay le Comte  Hotel de Ville, Park de Baron
Bazoges-en-Pareds medieval garden
Mervent Natur Zoo
Jardin du Batiment  William Christie's garden at Thire.
Jardin du Prieure St.Pierre. Reaumur. An interesting garden well worth a visit.
Jardins de Chaligny.A garden of geometric design of the 18th century.

Adventure & Fun Parks:
Parc  Pierre Brune
Fun Park in the Mervent Forest. Water dodgums, Toboggans, Games and Frills for all the Family.
Parc D'Acrobaties Fun in the tree tops,70 games, 5 courses.
Base Nautique. Mervent forest Water sports,hiking and cycling centre.
Donjon des Cimes. New for 2010. Fontenay-le-Comte. Promenades and games up in the trees

General interest.
Maison de la Meunerie. Working watermill at Nieul-sur-l'Autise.
Centre des miners
Markets. Colourful markets in the south vendee
Hot air Balloning. Take a trip of a lifetime over the Vendee countryside.
Flying over the Vendee. Sight seeing from the air, or even flying lessons.
Moulin Pocouinay. Renovated windmill with a museum near Oulmes.

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