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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Cholet
Insee code49099
AltitudeFrom 63 to 184 meters
Surface87.47 km²
Population56422 inhabitants
Density645 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Léger-sous-Cholet at 5 km (9 min)
Chief townAngers (at 65 km, 48 min)La Séguinière at 5.2 km (8 min)
DepartmentMaine-et-LoireMazières-en-Mauges at 6.6 km (12 min)
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Come in Choletais! Witness the Wars of Vendée, home textile, Choletais discovered through its architectural heritage, craft, art and of course shops and outlet stores.

  • Geography: In Region Pays de la Loire, in the department of Maine-et-Loire, Cholet is located a few kilometers from the Vendée, Loire-Atlantique and Deux-Sèvres, a detour on the way to vacation!
  • History: Cholet, ancient history, an original heritage and legacy as the memory of those who built the city. Cauletum of the most sporting town in France, the third of Fulk Nera to Antoinette Magnelais, weavers in the cellar to those of the workshop, the red handkerchief wars of Vendée, the heroic 77th Infantry Regiment in its fascinating museums, Cholet and its history will not cease to amaze you.
  • Heritage: The Wandering the cobblestone streets, blind alleys and boulevards, Cholet heritage is revealed, original, rich and varied. Ambulation, typical houses of weavers stately home, buildings in neighborhoods haussmaniens contemporary witness to this astonishing vitality that characterizes the city.
  • Its traditions: Short story of a legend: the handkerchief Cholet! This is the singer Theodore Botrel who in 1900 unearthed legend handkerchief across his song "Little Cholet handkerchief." The handkerchief is Cholet red striped white streaks. Red to remind the blood of Vendée, white to perpetuate the memory of those who so long held head men of the Revolution.
  • Its gastronomic specialties: From pigeon to Cholon, through the bun, Cholet famous through authentic homemade specialties, respect for the land! The pigeon, a few kilometers from Cholet, Maulévrier is known to be the European capital of pigeon. The Cholon: a praline-nougat with orange zest, coated in milk chocolate or dark chocolate to eat! Brioche is a local specialty soft and finely flavored. Not to mention the pluck, the Bottereaux the mogette, rillauds, chicken labeled Cholet ...


  • Museums:
  • Museum of Art and History: Two galleries, one dedicated to the history, the other in Art, respond within the set with spacious and bright spaces. Gallery History sweeps the heyday of Cholet since Gallo-Roman times until the 20th century, with a focus on the Vendée Wars, a landmark event in the history of the city.
  • Textile Museum: In the old bleach plant canvases built in 1881, the museum stages of manufacturing the fiber wire and wire cloth. It is the last workshop production of traditional handkerchief Cholet (still active).
  • Architectural Heritage:
  • The Grand Café (former City Hall, instead Travot).
  • The old theater (up Travot).
  • The Place Rouge and the Rue du Commerce (Jean-Paul II).
  • The hotel Guilloux (National Street).
  • Hotel in the sub-prefecture (Bretoner street).
  • Tower of Attic salt (Old Street Lofts).
  • The houses of weavers (rue de Livet, the Dube, the whiteners, passage of Great Gardens ...).
  • The Courthouse (Garden Mail).
  • The walls of the castle (Mail garden, opposite the Town Hall).
  • The menhir Guard (Mail garden).
  • The Town Hall and agglomeration.
  • The Place de la Republique.
  • Place the 77th Infantry Regiment (outside the station) ...
  • Religious Heritage:
  • The Church of Our Lady of Neo-Gothic style is easily recognizable with its two spiers rising to 65 meters.
  • The Church of the Sacred Heart Roman-Byzantine style Historic Monument. Do not leave without being able to admire the restored bells!
  • St. Peter's church dominates with its statue of 850 kg.
  • Parks and Gardens:
  • 100 square meters of green space per inhabitant in the heart of town and in the neighborhoods, not to mention the multitude of individual gardens.
  • Nearly 300 km of marked hiking trails that traverse the Wilderness Cholet, including 2,500 hectares of forest, 5 ponds and lakes.
  • In the city center, the garden of the Mail, a fine example of 19th century garden.
  • The Park Monk, lush greenery near the city center.
  • Lake Ribou and leisure center, a single device between city and countryside.
  • Sports:
  • GlisséO: a complex pools - Skating rinks. The same place, in the heart of the city, offers two rinks GlisséO (fun and sporty) and a pool complex consists of eight pools with water slides, whirlpools ...
  • Golf 18 holes, play, swing your two minutes from the city center.
  • Not to mention Cholet Basketball, a club renowned Pro A which evolves!
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Cholet
Information pointsTourist Office of the Choletais
Leisure centresLeisure Centre of the lac de Ribou,   Museum of Art and History of Cholet,   Museum of La Goubaudière,   Museum of the Textile,   Racecourse of Clenet,   Skating Rink GlisséO
MonumentsChurch Notre-Dame,   Church of the Sacré-Coeur,   Menhir of La Garde,   Tower of the Grenier à sel
Performance hallsJardin de Verre


  • January: Folle Journee in Region (classical music festival decentralized region).
  • March: Course Cholet Loire (renowned cycling race).
  • April: Festival of Harlequin (amateur theater with a jury of theater professionals).
  • April: Carnival Cholet (more than 80 000 visitors attend two shows day and night).
  • June: The Youth Festival Z'Allumés (thrills guaranteed!).
  • July: Childish (free shows for children park Monk).
  • August: Summer Festival Cigale (free concerts outdoor theater at Lake Ribou).
  • July-August: Summer Visits organized by the Tourist Office Choletais: discovery tours, special children (treasure hunt), night tours, meetings végénature ... Every day, an animation!
  • September: Fair exhibition.
  • October: Exhibition of Arts (more than 400 works to discover).
  • October: Photography Fortnight (presenting the work of several professional photographers).
  • November: "Wants to Dig" (flea market, garage sale).
  • December: Performance of the nativity, animation is unique in the region! More than 100 enthusiastic volunteers you tell the biblical story of the Nativity through vivid scenes.
  • December: Christmas market, live entertainment, free rides.


  • Tours and unmissable places:
  • The Park East Maulévrier is 10 km from Cholet. He is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Europe Japanese. A visit day and night. Magic!
  • A few miles Cholet in Saint-André-de-la-Marche, discover the museum Trades Shoe. This former factory activity traces of the shoe through trades shoemaker and cobbler, but also industry, with machinery still in working condition.
  • In The Séguinière, factory shops and brands for shopping lovers clever! More than 80 brands of ready-to-wear for men, women, children, shoes, sport, sportswear, home decor and appliances offer, live throughout the year, collections from previous seasons with reductions of 30% minimum.
  • Discover the Urban Community of Cholet: Noues the pond, the pond of Peronne, Lake Verdon, forests Vezins, Nuaillé, Chanteloup, heath-Round Oak in Puy St Bonnet.
  • Activities for children: The park and conservatory to the Bottière Saint-Crespin-sur-Moine: the heart of a park of 6 hectares, spend a day informative and friendly family. Come and meet farm animals our ancestors and those of other continents.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Visit a donkey’s milk soap workshopCraftFreeLes Epesses (19.2 km)

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Downtown Cholet (© Richard)Downtown Cholet (© Richard)
Museum of Art and History Cholet (© Richard)Museum of Art and History Cholet (© Richard)
Textile Museum of Cholet (© Richard)Textile Museum of Cholet (© Richard)
Church of the Sacred Heart (© M. Richard)Church of the Sacred Heart (© M. Richard)
Garden Mail (© Richard)Garden Mail (© Richard)
National Trades Shoe - Saint-André-de- la-MarcheNational Trades Shoe - Saint-André-de- la-Marche
Cholet Carnival - Day Parade (© CFFS)Cholet Carnival - Day Parade (© CFFS)
Carnival - Night Parade in April (© CFFS)Carnival - Night Parade in April (© CFFS)



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French cuisine restaurantCafé Leffe Cholet  
Welcome to Café Leffe, the temple of Belgian beer. Here you can taste the most famous beers including the famous Leffe. In addition, under the warm colors you bathe in a cozy atmosphere....
Located in Cholet24 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantCampanile Cholet  
The Campanile Restaurant, located in the beautiful city of Cholet Pays de la Loire region, opens its doors in a warm and contemporary. Luminous space, tables and chairs very modern...
Located in Cholet20 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Grain de Folie's  
Discover Le Grain de Folie's Cholet, avenue du Maréchal Leclerc. The team will welcome you in a friendly atmosphere every day except Sundays and Monday evenings and all day Wednesday....
Located in Cholet30 € per person 

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House with 3 bedroomsLe Petit Cazeau    
Le May-sur-Èvre
20 minutes from the Puy du Fou, 3 km from the golf Cholet and 10 minutes from Park East Maulévrier and 10 minutes from Marques Avenue (Factory Center), in an old farmhouse, you are...
Located 6.4 km from Cholet70 € the double room 
Castle with 3 bedroomsChateau de la frogerie    
Welcome to our castle in the heart of the exceptional landscape of the Mauges area, only 25mn away from the Puy du Fou. This is in this historical place, built in the 15th century near...
Located 7.6 km from CholetFrom 80 € to 168 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsChambres d'hôtes et Gîte de Vieil Mur    
La Séguinière
In an old building renovated farmhouse, the cottage is situated close to the town of Cholet, in the countryside. In a green, you'll enjoy the south-facing terrace with a view over the...
Located 8.4 km from Cholet60 € the double room 

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Mobile-Home for 8 personsLes logis de l'oumois  
Located between the Anjou, Vendée and Deux Sevres les logis de l'oumois are pleased to meet you in a frame and a family atmosphere. It is in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere you can...
Located 11.4 km from Cholet360 € per week 
Apartment for 2 personsGite de l'Aubier  
Accommodation of 30 m ² adjacent to owners residence with private entrance.
Located 19.2 km from CholetFrom 200 € to 250 € per week 

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93 places over 2 haCamping le rouge gorge    
Located in the Vendée Top 9 km Puy du Fou camping le Rouge Gorge 3 stars is a great bullet on 30 sites to visit nearby. You can rent by the week or next weekend mobilhomes, chalets...
Located 11.4 km from CholetFrom 14.80 € to 19.40 € per day 

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Mercure Cholet Centre - Hotel in CholetMercure Cholet Centre     
Mercure Cholet Centre is situated only 1 km from Cholet Train Station and 25 km from Puy du Fou Theme Park. Free Wi-Fi access and an HD TV are provided in the contemporary guest rooms....
Located in CholetRoom from 81 €
Campanile Cholet - Hotel in CholetCampanile Cholet     
Cholet, capital of the Vendée region, boasts an amazing cultural and historical heritage and conveys a real sense of some genuine French values. The hotel staff provide a warm welcome...
Located in CholetRoom from 49 €
Le Park Hotel - Hotel in CholetLe Park Hotel     
Le Park Hotel is located in the centre of Cholet, opposite the sports centre Glisséo. It offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. This modern, renovated hotel offers comfortable...
Located in CholetRoom from 72 €

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