Châteaux and Monuments
MAISON DU MAÎTRE DE DIGUESCHAILLE-LES-MARAIS
Recognised by the Regional Natural Park of Marais Poitevin, the Dykes master house presents the story of a territory. Children's games booklet (7 years +). Animals on site. 30 minutes from La Rochelle. Marais poitevin: dried marshes.
HARAS DE LA VENDÉELA ROCHE-SUR-YON
Come and share our passion for horses at the Haras de la Vendée, set in a 12-acre park in the heart of La Roche-sur-Yon.
LE LOGIS DE LA CHABOTTERIEMONTREVERD
18th-century home in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon in Vendée, 20 minutes from La Roche sur Yon. Visit the furnished rooms. Place of arrest of General Charette in 1796. Show trail and French walled garden. 45 minutes from Puy du Fou.
LE CHATEAU DE TIFFAUGESTIFFAUGES
Greatest western medieval fortress in Tiffauges en Vendée, 20 minutes from Puy du Fou and 25 minutes from the Clisson valley: show, 3D film, crossbow shooting. Unique in the world: the largest collection of war machines in operation!
CHÂTEAU DE LA GRÈVESAINT-MARTIN-DES-NOYERS
12th century château, gaining some importance in the 16th century when it experienced its greatest military feats before becoming a farm in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visits and various cultural events.
CHATEAU DE LA CHEVALLERIESAINTE-GEMME-LA-PLAINE
La Chevallerie takes its name from the large Commandery of Knights Templar posted here. It is the property of powerful families close to the Kings and Queens of France.
LA TOUR D'ARUNDEL & LE CHÂTEAU ST CLAIRLES SABLES-D'OLONNE
Built by the Princes of Talmont in the 15th cen- tury, the chateau was seized by the Protestant leader, Soubise, in 1622, whom ordered fortifi- cations to be built. First a garrison under Louis XIII, the château, which currently houses the Sea Museum, was bombed in 1796 by the Anglo-Dutch, seized by the government in 1835, and finally restored between 1986 and 1994. The tower forms part of the Cha- teau Saint-Clair’s defences. The first harbour light was intro- duced in 1593. In the 18th century, the La Chaume lighthouse was the only lighthouse in the Vendée. Its present appea- rance is the result of res- toration work undertaken between 1857 and 1858. When visiting the sea mu- seum, take the unique oppor- tunity to go to the top of the tower and enjoy stunning panoramic views. Viewpoint indi- cator from 1911.