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Vouvant, a small village between La Chataigneraie and Fontenay-le-Compte, in the Vendée is a self appointed member of the prettiest village in France club. Wherever you go in France you will find a village professing to be the prettiest in France, and Vouvant is the South Vendée’s representative. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful place, the centre of the village is dominated by the 11th Century church, the Melusine Tower and ramparts overlook a wide bend in the languorous river Mere and the charmingly narrow streets house a plethora of artists studios.
The fortified village of Vouvant nestles neatly into the rambling countryside at the north end of the Mervent-Vouvant forest.
This picturesque village is dominated on the skyline by the church of "Notre dame", in 1000ad William V, the great duke of Aquitaine commissioned  the bishops of Maillezais to build him a church and monastary on this pisturesque sight that he had  came across while hunting, due to a lack of money the church was not finished untill the 11th century.Built in the Norman style with a romanesque portal. Read more on the History of Vouvant

The River Mere has been dammed just below Vouvant by a small modern structure and lower down stream at the Pierre Brune Barrage. These turns the small river into a lake and with the old ramparts it make a most attractive setting.
The narrow streets and picturesque stone houses with painted shutters and flowers growing out of the roadside and in pots make this an idyllic village to just stroll around or sit at one of the bars or cafes and just take in its splendour. For those who wish for longer walks there are well marked trails, details can be had at the Tourist office on the edge of the Ramparts.

The castle of Vouvant of which only the ramparts and the tower remain is the subject of the legend of Melusine.

Gustave Eiffel's Bridge. Just a couple of kilometers from Vouvant on the D938,Fontenay-le-Comte to La Chataigneraie road one can see the viaduct railway bridge built by the famous French Engineer Gustave Eiffel.

Jardin de Fournils. A small formal garden of the 1920's with topiary box hedging.

Les Medievals de Melusine. 17th July and 14th August 2011. A festival of medieval life and games including jousting and horsemanship, fire throwers, Juglers and artisan of the medieval period.
Entrance 5€ adult and 3€ child  From 11h to 20h.

Horse RidingLa Garreliere.  Bruno & Beatrice Ripaud Tel 02 51 00 81 55.

Bike Hire Base Nautique. Le Vallee. Mervent. Tel. 02 51 00 22 13.

CampingCamping le Chene tord. 34 Chemin du Chene Tord, Mervent. Tel. 02 51 00 20 63.
             Camping de la Joletiere, La Joletiere, Mervent. Tel. 02 51 00 26 87.
             Camping Jamoniere, 133 Route Bironnier, le Jamoniere, Nr.Mervent Tel. 02 51 00 26 29
             Camping la Grande Perrure, nr.Mervent Tel. 02 51 00 25 07. Camping a la Ferme.

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