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Arts, Culture and Heritage

Heritage, culture and tourism are important elements in the Vendee. There is a generous supply of beautiful castles to visit, ancient abbeys and remarkable gardens. Many museums provide lively visits, their aim is to create educational activities adapted for all family members. Other historical theme parks such as the Puy du Fou, allow visitors to travel back through the centuries, presenting the rich heritage of France. The Vendee is also the birthplace of Internationally renowned figures like Georges Clemenceau and De Lattre, who paid their tribute in France's heritage. This Heritage is still very present, due to the traditional know-how of the Vendee’s many artisans: so just push the door of their factories, workshops, or studios for a comprehensive visit.

The museums of the Vendee are ideal for the young and old alike. To better understand local history there are some interesting places to visit such as: the Historial de la Vendee, the Modern and contemporary art Museum of the Abbaye Sainte Croix (where actual paintings and pieces of art are on exhibition). Many museums provide cultural activities, visits, and fun exhibitions.

Historical monuments are not to be outdone, as they too, know the art of storytelling. During your cultural tour, why not stop off at that Luçon cathedral where the future Minister, Richelieu began his career as a young Bishop. Alternatively, the abbeys of the Marais poitevin are also unique architectural gems: firstly, the Romanesque Abbaye de Nieul which may have been the birthplace of Queen Alienor, and secondly the Gothic abbey of Maillezais once visited and described by Rabelais.

A rich natural heritage is constantly visible as we travel through the western part of Pays de la Loire. So, take the time to admire the nature reserves and the beauty of the natural sites that the Vendee has to offer. And of course, the quaint « Petites Cités de Caractère » cannot be overlooked. For instance, the picturesque medieval village of Vouvant or the delightful Ile aux Artisans in Sallertaine which hides a real treasure trove of craftsmen and tradition...