You have just spent a day or a weekend at Puy du Fou, and you want to continue your discovery of the Vendée bocage? Here are our suggestions for visits to spend a day discovering the nuggets of our heritage and our natural corners.

We take you on a discovery of the Vendée bocage, between exotic nature and surprising and unusual cultural breaks. On the way !

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Refreshing morning

Start the day in peaceful and silent nature at Lac de la Vouraie between Saint-Hilaire-le-Vouhis and Bournezeau. We offer 2 possibilities for walks: the Amanéa trail (a family trail to walk over 2,5 km) or for the more athletic, a hike that goes around the lake for 14 km.

Discovering the senses

Unique in France, the Amanéa trail – the emotional trail du Pays de Chantonnay offers a new approach to “nature bathing”. Imagine: we walk on a path, mobiles made of slates ring at the top of a tree, then 15 wooden poles whistle in the wind. Further on, discover engraved stones. The Amanea trail from Vouraie Lake allows to live a family adventure : artistic stages to live with sound experiences on works in stone and wood.

A sporty walk

Put on your hiking boots and take a breath of fresh air, going around the lake on the 14 km circuit. This trail is accessible to mountain bikes if you wish to come with your bike! Afforestation on the steep hillsides, meadows on the gentle slopes, you will enjoy a varied and bucolic landscape.

Lunch break

It is in a real water mill that you can taste the cuisine of this atypical restaurant. You will discover its superb mechanism dating from the beginning of the XNUMXth century. This pleasant and original setting also offers you a shady park, for lunch in the heart of lush greenery.

In this authentic and warm setting, Claire and Romual and their team will make you discover their passion for cooking by offering you modern cuisine, of the greatest freshness, full of color, based on local products.

The Lower River THE OIE
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Enjoy a cultural break

Space Gaston Chaissac

For art lovers, visit the Espace Gaston Chaissac and its blue sugar box in Sainte-Florence – Essarts-en-Bocage. Enjoy the poetic and colorful universe of the painter Gaston Chaissac, singular artist. Unusual : discover a work by Gaston Chaissac in the toilets of the former public school (listed as a historical monument).

Firm. Opens at 14:00 p.m.
1 rue de la Scierie
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Spend the afternoon by the water

Continue the afternoon and end the day on the banks of the Maine at the Maison de la Rivière in Montaigu-Vendée to discover the open-air art exhibition, and to enjoy a boat trip to admire the works on water.

Firm. Opens at 14:00 p.m.
Place du Lavoir (visitor car park) Saint George of Montaigu
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Dinner in the Vendée bocage

Roadtrip itinerary


Vouraie Lake


Space Gaston Chaissac


River House


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