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Foussais-Payré - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Foussais-Payré has preserved its rich past exceptional Romanesque portal of his church, the house and the noble houses of weavers, weavers and merchants who have, in the Renaissance, the prosperity of the village.

Heir to a Gallo-Roman villa, Foussais conceals a masterpiece of Romanesque art: the portal of the Saint-Hilaire church.

During the Renaissance, the activity of drapers, weavers and tanners did with remarkable house, scattered in both towns and the countryside, such as the key, the Riallière, the Fournière or Sérigny... Often acquired the ideas of the Reformation, artisans and merchants, who exported their products to Germany and Holland, rubbed humanist elites Fontenay-le-Comte.

Family François Viète, the famous mathematician, also kept an inn. Who perhaps born François Viète, the inventor of modern algebra...

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.5296820 (N 46° 31’ 47”)
Longitude-0.6825560 (W 0° 40’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 38m to 117m
Surface area34.42 km²
Population1205 inhabitants
Density35 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (78 km, 1h03)
Insee code85094
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Fontenay-Le-Comte
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Puy-de-Serre4.4 km (5 min)
Saint-Hilaire-des-Loges7.2 km (10 min)
Mervent7.4 km (11 min)
Marillet7.6 km (11 min)
Saint-Hilaire-de-Voust8 km (10 min)
Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq8.1 km (11 min)
Vouvant9 km (12 min)
Faymoreau9.3 km (12 min)
Saint-Maixent-de-Beugné9.8 km (16 min)
Xanton-Chassenon10.3 km (15 min)
L'Orbrie10.8 km (13 min)
Le Busseau11.1 km (16 min)
Saint-Maurice-des-Noues11.5 km (14 min)
Loge-Fougereuse12.2 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities


Priory (© A. Lamoureux)
Priory (© A. Lamoureux)
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Lime kilns (© A. Lamoureux)
Lime kilns (© A. Lamoureux)
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Church (© Romain Rodier)
Church (© Romain Rodier)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse-drawn carriage trips in Sud-Vendée
Nature and the great outdoors160 € to 950 € Sainte-Hermine (30 km)
Les Jardins du Gué
Nature and the great outdoors5 € Lhoumois (46 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1h00La Taillée (25 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals