If Vendée is one of the most touristic departments in France, it is due to the quality of its beaches, the beauty of its landscapes, the famous Puy du Fou park of course, or the Vendée Globe Challenge. However, Vendée is full of little-known treasures.
The town of La Roche Sur Yon, which is none other than the prefecture of the department, is worth a visit.
From 1804, under the influence of Napoleon, the city developed and presented an original face.
Indeed, it took on a pentagonal shape with a checkerboard organization inserting buildings in the neo-classical register.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LA ROCHE SUR YON?
We urge you to visit the Haras de la Vendée. Located in the heart of the town, you can explore the site, discover the jobs of the stud (coachman, saddler, groom…) and attend shows in summer.
You will find all the information on their website.
Stroll around the Place Napoléon and discover its fabulous mechanical bestiary called the Animaux de la Place. We owe this wonderful inspiration to the offbeat spirit of François Delarozière, the creator of the Nantes-based company La Machine.
You will be able to take the controls and decide what movements the animals will make. Believe us: the children will love it!