Top 10 things to do in La Roche-sur-Yon

La Roche-sur-Yon
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Are you coming for a holiday in Vendée and going through La Roche-sur-Yon? A day or a weekend, here are some good ideas for visiting the most populated town in the department! It is a pleasant city which took off in the 19th century thanks to Napoleon 1st (who founded it in 1804) and which today offers a relaxing and pleasant setting for walking, shopping and taking an interest. closer to horses and other animals, not always real… Shall we go?

Choose a hotel in La Roche-sur-Yon for your holidays in the Vendée, it's a pleasant town with a central location so you can enjoy the beach, the villages of the Marais Poitevin, the Vendée bocage... You're close to it all!


Opening photo: AdobeStock / altitudedrone

1 - Learn more about the relationship between Napoleon and La Roche-sur-Yon

To visit the town of La-Roche-sur-Yon in a fun way, immerse yourself in its history thanks to an unusual guided tour, with an audio guide! You can rent them at the Tourist Office and walk around listening to the story of the construction of the city driven by Napoleon. Plan 1h30 of visit.

Statue of Napoleon


2 - Stroll through the station district

Download the Baludik application to discover the station district (and other walks offered by the application in the city (in fr)). You will see an original red footbridge and bourgeois houses which are strung out from Avenue Gambetta and the adjacent streets.

Read our article 7 days in Vendée to organize your week of vacation!

3 - Come shopping in La Roche sur yon

The corner for shopping in La Roche-sur-Yon is rue Clémenceau, that's where the big brands are. You can also head to the Les Halles district, which offers a market (every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. except Monday and Wednesday), but also places to eat and smaller and more picturesque shops.

Shopping has made you hungry and you're looking for a restaurant in La Roche-sur-Yon? Then head to the Bistro Yonnais and treat yourself to inventive French cuisine, in an elegant setting enhanced by refined plant decor.


The rock on yon


4 Discover the relationship between horses and La Roche sur-Yon

Meet at the Haras de la Vendée (in fr), a very pretty park of almost 5 ha for all horse enthusiasts. You will discover all the trades related to equines, you can see equestrian shows, take guided tours of this emblematic place. It is a major cultural site in Vendée.

Photo: AdobeStock_JC DRAPIER


5 - The mechanical bestiary of Place Napoléon

Here is the most amazing and popular place in La Roche-sur-Yon. Come for a walk in the park of the main square of the city. Day and night, Les Animaux de la Place is a bit magical! During the day you can manipulate these 13 metal animals which are arranged in the basin. Best of all, it's free! These animals were created by Compagnie La Machine on the same idea as the machines on the island in Nantes.

Continue your discovery of unusual sites at the Potager Extraordinaire in La Roche-sur-Yon. The Potager Extraordinaire says it all in the name of this incredible place, which brings together plants, vegetables, multitudes of tomatoes, all kinds of cucurbits and other plant oddities. Participatory workshops, guided tours or a biodiversity trail - the choice is yours. Open to groups and professionals alike, it's the perfect place to hold a birthday party or seminar, surrounded by a flourishing natural environment in La-Roche-Sur-Yon.


The Mechanical Bestiary
Mechanical bestiary
Mechanical bestiary


6 - Take a break in the square with the children

Take a snack and go to the pretty Square Bayard with the children, there is a skatepark, a fountain, playgrounds, structures to climb...

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7 - A gourmet visit to the Chocolate Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of the cocoa bean and discover all the stages of its transformation until it produces this delicious delicacy that is chocolate. 300m2 with a sensory journey, a museography as interesting as it is gourmet, because there are tastings, entertainment in season and of course a very nice shop.

A little to the south is the Marais Poitevin and its walks on the canals. Read our article on boat trips in Vendée!


8 - The largest church in Vendée

The Saint-Louis church near Place Napoléon is imposing and elegant, it is the largest in the Vendée. It dates from the 19th century, built at the instigation of Napoleon, it is classified as a Historic Monument.

Photo: AdobeStock_Didier-San-Martin


9 - The Italian Theater of La Roche-sur-Yon

It is a place to visit for free in summer, shows and cultural events take place there, for an evening full of dreams... A superb Neoclassical style building, with an intimate room decorated with wood decorations, representing plants, masks comedy or musical instruments.

Italian theater


10 - The clock district

If you still have some time, head to the Clock Quarter, the city's historic district. The streets are still cobbled and you will come across the Renaissance House, it is one of the few houses that predates the Napoleonic period, there are exhibitions there.

BONUS Entertaining Children in La Roche-sur-Yon

Come on, it's the children 's turn! There are various things to do with them to entertain them: Escape games, bowling, the ice rink (in the winter season), visiting the Extraordinary Vegetable Garden (a park), mini golf, the Royal Kids park, Paintball… And to bathe? The Aquatic complex is the best!

We wish you a great holiday in the La-Roche-sur-Yon region, continue your visit to the region by heading towards the Yon Valley for nature walks!


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