We are within an easy drive of two of the top theme
park destinations in France , Futuroscope at Poitiers,which has
a large number of interactive games,rides and attractions, and Puy
du Fou which
has a 'Hollywood style' outdoor gladiator and viking shows, falconry
exhibitions and a spectacular outdoor 'sound & light' show in the evening.
(Venise Verte),is a fascinating area of meadows and
criss-crossed by canals and rivers
where you can hire a boat and
spend the day meandering through the waterways. Coulon
is an excellent starting point, and from here you can also take a ride on
the Pibalou miniature train.
At the seaward edge of the Marais, there are
opportunities to go birdwatching and there are beautiful beaches at the seaside
resorts of Les Sables-d'Olonne and La Tranche.
South of Chalans, strong muscles will be needed to
pedal the Velo-Rail trucks along the disused tracks - 2 to pedal
and 2 can relax as passengers!
For steam railway enthusiasts, there is also the
Chemin de Fer de la Vendee at Mortagne sur Sevres 10km from Cholet,a 22km
stretch of track, complete with dining car and a small museum.
As you would expect in France, there are a number of
opportunities for cycling - the Tourist Offices often have
informative leaflets about routes.There is a cycleway running the length
of the Vendee coast and 60miles of cycle tracks on the Ile de Re (La
Rochelle) - with a Velo-Bus to come back on if required!
Also very popular is hiring bikes to explore the
Marais Poitevin - excellent flat easy riding.
30 mins drive there is an excellent 18-hole golf course at Mazieres-en-Gatine, overlooked by a spectacular chateau.
there are several 'plans d'eau' which have a large lake for
swimming, usually with a man-made beach and waterslide and many
activities such as pedalos, water sports, crazy golf - something for
all the family.
the fishermen/women, the fantastic Pescalis, Europe's premier fishing complex
is just 10 minutes drive away.
It has more than 250 acres of lakes with carp up to 25 kilos!
Only 10 mins away is the Parc Aventure,
tree-top fun for all ages and very popular with our visitors, and an
excellent Karting track.
For something 'completely different' travel
underground at the Faymoreau Mining Centre,and don't miss the
beautiful stained glass in the Chapel.
There are many walks in the area - a number to
take from Les Glycines Gites. There is a route which takes you through
the many Apple Orchards that surround us and slightly further afield,
one which tracks the 'famous 'Chabichou' goats cheese.
Just north of L'Absie is the Rocher Branlant - the
'rocking rock'-a huge balanced boulder which moves very slightly when
The Forest of Secondigny is the meeting place of 2
Santiago de Compostela routes (GR364 and GR36 - which starts in
Of course, there is always shopping.....
Local Markets in the area, of which, there are many
for each day of the week, and a fantastically rich way to experience
French life and Food
Likewise, a brilliant experience , are the numerous
'Vide-Greniers' (literally loft emptying) the 'Car boots' of France