City of Essarts-en-Bocage
This small town is best known for its castle (Le Château des Essarts), the ruins of which remain well preserved to this day. The town is in the heart of the bocage Vendéen, a region that is sometimes subtly undulating and offers many walking trails, accessible to all levels. It is also a gateway to beautiful landscapes and vast meadows, where you can enjoy a breath of fresh air. To taste the local gastronomy, the market is held every Wednesday. If you wander through the narrow streets of the town centre, you will have the opportunity to discover the Parc Saint-Michel, a vast area of over 6 hectares housing a sumptuous manor house. Ideal for family outings over a picnic. You can also admire the Romanesque church of St-Pierre des Essarts.
Castle of Les Essarts
Are you looking for an outing that will delight the whole family? Go to the Château des Essarts! A real leisure park, the castle offers a whole range of fun activities based on the History of France and the History of the Vendée. Located only 1 km from the campsite (15 minutes on foot), the Old Castle of Essarts saw its first stones take place in the Gallo-Roman era. Today, a part of the castle is still visible, the original building having suffered the numerous Vendée wars over the years. Since 2002, it has been possible to visit the site and admire the remains. Animations and guided tours are offered. Outside, no less than 25 hectares of greenery await you: this magnificent landscaped park dating from the 19th century is home to numerous species of trees (lime, chestnut, cypress…), most of which have survived the decades. Old-fashioned games are available on the course. Other events and activities are offered from April to September.
The Puy-du-Fou Park
Do you already have your tickets? The campsite will welcome you in a quiet setting during your stay in the Vendée. Voted the best park in the world, the Puy-du-Fou (located 35 minutes away by car) is above all famous for its many live shows, the staging of which will impress young and old alike. It is also a vast space of nature in which you will meet animals, reconstitutions of villages… A real plunge into history! Plan to spend the whole day enjoying each of the activities in this theme park. It will be difficult to go to the park and miss the most famous show: the Cinescénie! This open-air production traces the destiny of the Maupilier family from the Middle Ages to the Second World War, combining real facts and legends, all brought to life by incredible sound and light effects. Don’t miss a moment…
The highly reputed grastronomy of the Vendée will delight your taste buds! From sweet to savoury, from Gâche to Préfou, there is something for everyone. Precede your dish with a small glass of “Trouspinette”, the essential aperitif of the Vendée.
Fishing and nature
To take advantage of the green spaces, go to the Etang de la Rabretière, 4 km from the campsite. There are picnic facilities around the lake. For fishing enthusiasts, this is an ideal place. Walks and rest are the key words!
Where are we heading to next ?
City of La-Roche-sur-Yon
Created under Napoleon in 1804, it is a real place of history and cultural and natural heritage, located in the heart of the Vendée. Between town and country, you will have so much to discover. Its town centre is built on a rocky promontory and overlooks the river Yon. Suitable for walking or cycling, explore its nooks and crannies and numerous parks and gardens. Also a cradle of culture, you will find museums (Musée de la Roche-sur-Yon, Musée du Chocolat…), historical monuments (Eglise St-Louis, Eglise Sacré-Coeur,…) but also fun activities such as the adventure “Echappe-toi si tu peux”, to discover with friends or family.
On the Muscadet road…
You have chosen to get closer to the Altlantic coast? Take advantage of an extra stop in the small village of Clisson (20 minutes away from Nantes) before the big dive! A medieval town with an Italian feel, situated in the heart of the Muscadet region, Clisson offers you a dream setting, calm and on the banks of the Sèvre. The Camping du Moulin welcomes you all year round, in pitches or rentals. A bucolic setting of 1 hectare to relax in calm and peace…
• Near the campsite •
All amenities are only a few steps away from the campsite! On foot or by bike, you can get to the various local shops and restaurants within a 10-minute walk, and discover the town without crowding.