THINGS TO DO AND SEE AROUND LA ROCHE SUR YON

Consisting of 13 communes (districts) and more than 91,000 inhabitants, La Roche-sur-Yon and its surrounding area, with its mixture of urban and rural, offers a wide variety of landscapes: wooded countryside, forests, deep narrow valleys, rivers and a lake.

When you spend your holidays in our beautiful part of France you will never be bored! There is always something new to do or see at La Roche sur Yon.

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT, AND DISCOVER NATURE

Away from the busy seaside, fill your tank with chlorophyll, observe nature and discover the area's unique fauna and flora and rare species.

From the calm of Moulin Papon Lake to the rock-strewn granite gorges of the chaos de Piquet, you will find an authentic and generous expression of nature which serves as a setting for many parks, gardens and green spaces  kept open to the public.

FILL YOUR LUNGS! DISCOVER THE SPORTING ACTIVITIES ORGANISED IN THE REGION

On foot or by bike, take your time and explore the Yon countryside. There are plenty of public footpaths along the banks of the River Yon.

Fishing is a very popular sport along the calm river banks, where you can hook roach, tench and even carp...

Two Vendée cycle paths cross the area, one leading down to the coast and the beaches, the other winding through the Vendée's woodlands.

NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY: OUR HERITAGE IS PRESERVED AND PROTECTED

If you are a lover of biodiversity, the flight of the damselflies at the Dragonfly Centre will entrance you, while at the Centre Beautour you can learn about biodiversity and the challenges of preserving our environment.

Are you fascinated by the Far East? Discover the Gardens of Loriot consisting of a bamboo garden and pools containing water-lilies and lotus flowers, celebrating the friendship between the painter Monet and solder and statesman Georges Clémenceau, who was born in the Vendée. And don't forget to pay your respects to the Nats, Burmese protecting spirits who will lead you to the Golden Pagoda...

There are many places, such as the Rambourg watermill at Nesmy and the 11th century romanesque church at La Chaize-le-Vicomte, which will speak to you of the history of the area. The wildest and most romantic of these is undoubtedly the Chaos de Piquet, at Le Tablier.