Across the whole region there are a large number of prehistoric sites dating from Neolithic times. These sites which include monumental stone structures or megaliths, had a specific purpose. However, the relics which are still here today are mere reminders of once highly significant monuments.
Talmondais is the place to go to see dolmens and menhirs. In Avrillé: the Camp de César menhir, known as the "king of the menhirs" is 8.70 m high and 7 m of that is in the ground. It is the largest menhir in the Vendée and one of the largest in France. In Avrillé are the Bois de Fourgon alignments - in the grounds of Château des Aventuriers - three lines of menhirs and tombs each with 4 to 5 stones. In nearby Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt, stands the la Sulette dolmen and, in Bernard, the la Frébouchère dolmen and the Pey-de-Fontaine cairn.
South Vendée is home to the megalithic wonder of Les Cous in Bazoges en Pareds (two dolmens, two tumuli and a menhir), the Champ Durand (mass burial chamber with an enclosure 250 m in diameter) in Nieul sur l'Autise are remarkable relics and worth a visit.
Not to be missed
Cairn in Saint Hilaire la Forêt, is a Stone Age museum, set in 7 acres, which brings to life the customs and habits of our ancestors. Learn about stone cutting, menhir lifting, making fire without matches and take a look inside a reconstructed prehistoric house made of wood, cob and reeds.
In Lucs sur Boulogne, the Historial de la Vendée museum takes you back in time to meet Stone Age hunters in an exhibition dedicated to that time period.