In this small area near Deux-Sèvres, we invite you to discover small charming villages and rural nature. It is not the most touristic region of the Vendée, although we are getting closer to that of Puy du Fou, which shines and moves local tourism. People come here on vacation to be quiet and take advantage of an interesting location. You are not far from the beaches of the south of the department and the Marais Poitevin, not far from the Heart of Vendée either. Take the time, think slow tourism and take the opportunity to visit and stroll.
Between the Puy du Fou and the Marais Poitevin, the Chataigneraie region appeals to lovers of nature and green tourism. We fish in its rivers, we walk in the forests (more than 20 municipal circuits to discover), we escape in the air, we discover the marsh...
In Mouilleron-en-Pareds, you will stroll through the Georges Clémenceau Museum and the birthplace of Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, which are adjacent and deserve at least half a day of your vacation! Visit the website of the Clémenceau de Lattre Museum (fr).
In Mouilleron-Saint-Germain, take a walk on the hill of the mills, which promises a beautiful panorama of the surrounding nature and a free walk with information panels. Another nice walk: Les Carrières de Cheffois, a walk around a lake nestled in a former quarry.
In Bazoges-en-Pareds, it is at the Dungeon that you will be immersed in the Middle Ages, during a pleasant visit of a beautiful medieval complex with a garden (labeled remarkable garden) and a dovecote. A visit with guides who will be able to interest the whole family through activities.
Those who like to have their heads in the stars will head to La Chapelle aux Lys, where a planetarium, as well as a themed walk will complete the delights of this attractive region, peaceful yet close to everything. Don't miss the mid-August astronomy festival!
The mills on the hill at Moulins de Mouilleron Saint-Germain
Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, it is the Mélusine Tower in Vouvant that will attract your attention, not far from an enchanting forest... It is a pleasant and picturesque village, which appeals to the painters whom you see with their easels. the beautiful season. Visit the workshops and galleries! Could it be the little fairy Mélusine who worked to create this pretty town? Stroll along the discovery route of the village and at the bend of an alley, you will see the beautiful Romanesque church of Sainte-Marie and the famous tower of the little fairy! It is in fact all that remains of an old medieval castle, a circular keep which offers a vertiginous panorama… Also go to the second floor of the Tourist Office to see an exhibition on Mélusine and a magic notebook...
To see also in Vouvant
In the far east of the department, almost on the border with Deux-Sèvres, is Faymoreau, a former mining town . From this period, architectural traces remain: the Miners 'Chapel (and its sumptuous and astonishing stained glass windows), the workers' houses with their gardens, as well as fishing pontoons on the lake, with picturesque colored huts. Visit the Faymoreau Mining Center, a richly documented place, for those curious about this difficult time, where the work was hard and life rougher than today.
Not far away is Foussais-Payré (fr), a small town full of character with elegant and splendid Renaissance architecture, to be visited by taking a route through the town, adorned with signs.