In the Bocage, history and verdant nature combine around broom bushes, winding rivers, abbeys and chateaux. History can be found round every corner.
Explore the area on its 350 km of "Grande Randonnée" (long distance) footpaths, 1,300 km of "Petite Randonnée" (short distance) footpaths, and 400 km of cycle paths, the Bocage is a land of rolling hills.
On the banks of the Grande Maine in Saint Georges de Montaigu, stop off at the Maison de la Rivière, a former water mill which has been restored and is now a modern interactive learning centre.
Continue on towards the Landes Genusson, and to the bird reserve Cité des Oiseaux. How better to appreciate the beauty of nature than aboard the Orient-Express which takes you on a picturesque 22 km train journey across the Bocage, from Mortagne sur Sèvre to Herbiers.
Walk the length of the Sèvre Nantaise, complete with windmills, châteaux, medieval fortresses such as the Château de Gilles de Rais in Tiffauges, where the legend of Bluebeard was born!
In the Haut Bocage, there are many key sites linked to the Vendée Wars, including the Mont des Alouettes and Logis de la Chabotterie, where Général Charette was arrested after his revolt against the young republic.
In the Grasla forest in Brouzils there is a reconstructed camp where families fleeing the infernal columns of General Turreau sought refuge.
In the heart of the verdant valley of la Boulogne, you can explore 7,000 years of history in this exceptional museum: The Historial de la Vendée.
During the Vendée Wars (1793-1796), the Mont des Alouettes windmills were used as optical telegraphs to convey information. Depending on the position of the sails, information was transmitted to the Vendéen insurgents about the position of the enemy.