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Lands of Montaigu

For your ideas for outings and practical information on the territory, advice on sites for visits and leisure activities... the tourist office is at your service to help you prepare for your stay, to welcome you during your visit and to find answers to your questions:

  • practical information: train timetables, access to the Grand Parc du Puy du Fou, list of restaurants, opening hours of cultural or social facilities, departure of a hiking trail, etc.

  • historical, cultural and tourist information on Terres de Montaigu, the Vendée and the Pays de la Loire region.

  • the agenda for weekends and school holidays, whether you are a couple, family or friends...

  • the ticket office: Puy du Fou, crossing to the island of Yeu, bus tickets, fishing permits, tickets for shows

  • advice from experts in the area, adapted to your request

Many outdoor or indoor activities are offered a few kilometers from the gîtes:  

  • hiking trails

  • heritage sites

  • a Camera 5 cinema in the heart of downtown Montaigu-Vendée, 21 avenue Villebois Mareuil 85600 Montaigu-Vendée -

The Puy du Fou

Savor moments of pleasure in this vast theme park with family or friends! Magnificent shows, epic adventures and strong emotions... Come and live the unique experience of the Puy du Fou park, voted "Best Park in the World" several times!
Let yourself be transported by the fascinating universe of Puy du Fou in the heart of unspoiled nature, near the Herbaria!

Puy du Fou

The Castle of Tiffauges

Relive the history of the largest medieval fortress in the West in Tiffauges in the Vendée Valley, 20 minutes from Puy du Fou and 25 minutes from the Clisson valley: Come and experience a day of shows and entertainment

and discover the largest collection of functioning war machines .

Located on the borders of the former provinces of Anjou, Brittany and Poitou, the castle of Tiffauges fascinates with its imposing remains and its conservatory of medieval war machines unique in Europe.

This former residence of Gilles de Rais, Marshal of France and comrade-in-arms of Joan of Arc, is full of secrets and notably inspired the legend of a certain Bluebeard...
Take on the Château de Tiffauges and dive into the heart of medieval adventure. Catapulted into history, come experience a day of shows and entertainment, discover 16 medieval war machines in operation and take part in live fire with the breastplate and the mini-trebuchet.

The castle of Tiffauges is:

Live shots of war machines in action

  • Exceptional 2D and 3D films, between history and legend

  • Daily entertainment and shows on the art of war in the Middle Ages

  • A training camp for an introduction to bow and crossbow, ancient games

  • Guided tours and family visits

The Lac de la Tricherie leisure center

The Lac de la Tricherie leisure center is the flagship tourist site of the town of Mesnard-La-Barotière.

The Tricherie Leisure Center includes a picnic area with free access: shaded site with tables and benches near the mini-golf course, the swimming pool, the adventure course in the branches and the campsite.


The town of Clisson and the Hellfest site

The historic center of Clisson is a high place of cultural heritage in the Pays de Loire. We discover there; the Porte de la Ville, the Château, the Halles, the Church of Notre Dame, the Pont de la Vallée, the Convent of the Cordeliers, the Pont St Antoine, the Domaine de la Garenne Lemot, the Gardener's House, the Villa Lemot, the Viaduct, the Church of the Trinity, the Garenne Valentin, the Chapel of the Templars, the Church of St Jacques, the Mills.

Doll Festival

In Saint Malo du Bois, the  Festival de Poupet  is now one of the most recognized musical events in the Great West. Its location at the foot of the Nantes Sèvre, with the setting of the open-air theater of the Poupet Valley, makes this festival on a human scale (3,000 seats) unique. Each year, an eclectic program awaits you with a dozen dates in July.

The City of Birds: a special encounter with nature

Ornithological reserve managed by the Department of Vendée,

the City of Birds extends over 56 hectares. Consisting mainly  of two ponds (one of 23 hectares and the second of 7 hectares), this sensitive natural area is an essential place to observe a large number of birds.

This reserve is ideally located since it is on one of the largest North-South migratory axes and benefits from the influence of the region's large wetlands: the Grand Lieu lake, the Marais_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_ Breton, the Bay of Bourgneuf, the Marais Poitevin and the Bay of Aiguillon.

The Cité des Oiseaux allows you to observe a large number of water and passing birds from the observatory, the belvedere or simply by walking the paths of this natural site.

Bultière Lake

Located 5 kms from the gîtes, this magnificent 72 hectare body of water with a dam and many paths, offers a superb relaxing environment with a circuit open to mountain bikers and walkers, as well as a space for fishing and hiking. rowing. Other leisure activities: canoe and stand-up paddle rental all year round

The beaches of the Vendée coast  :

Noirmoutier, Les Sables d'Olonne, Saint Jean de Mont

History of the Vendée

Let yourself be transported to the heart of 7000 years of history, in a museum with astonishing architecture! Geology, Prehistory, Antiquity, Medieval Millennium, Modern Age, Vendée War, 19th century - early 20th century. Discover history in complete freedom and become actors of the era you are going through. For an hour, or for the whole day, all your senses will be awakened. You will change your mind about museums! Guided tours and activities for children according to the program (see the website). A Children's Museum, on the theme of the sea.

The city of Nantes with the machines of the Island

Between thematic walks and unusual visits, Le Voyage à Nantes and its partners offer the possibility of discovering the city from an ever new angle. On foot, by bike, aboard a small train or by boat, many visits reveal the essentials of the city and its surroundings.

The Logis de la Chabotterie

18th century dwelling in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon in Vendée, located 20 minutes from La Roche sur Yon. New tours

scenography, furnished rooms and French garden. Site of the arrest of General Charette in 1796. 45 min from Puy du FouVisit an 18th century dwelling and its estate

The Department of Vendée offers Logis de la Chabotterie an
evocative discovery of the sweetness of life in the countryside at the end of the 18th century, through 10 furnished historic rooms.
Site of the arrest of General Charette in 1796, this high place of the Vendée War presents a multimedia scenographic route retracing the main stages of the conflict.
The French-inspired garden, with its medicinal plants, its vegetable garden and its vegetables of yesteryear, as well as the pleasure garden bringing together more than 120 varieties of flowers. Also visit the 48 ha wooded park, a green path with a pleasure garden, vegetable garden, wash house, river, meadows and woods.


The Parc du Futuroscope is a French park whose theme and attractions are based on audiovisual, cinema and robotics. Futuroscope can boast of being the 2nd leisure park in France in terms of attendance. 

Experience extraordinary journeys and immerse yourself in the fun, festive and fantastic atmosphere of Futuroscope!

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