Located in Pays de la Loire region, the commune of Oudon takes place in Loire-Atlantique, in the arrondissement of Ancenis. It is about thirty kilometers from Nantes, on the border of the department of Maine-et-Loire.
The territory of Oudon had a human occupation since the Neolithic period, before becoming a real commune in 846 during the construction of its first castle. Fief of the duchy of Brittany, the commune was a decisive site in the victory of the allies during the Second World War, in particular its bridge over the Loire making it possible to check the progress of the Germans.
Today the city is mainly oriented towards tourism, offering an important architectural heritage, as well as many natural sites to discover the time of a few walks in the streets of the old center or in the surroundings.
The medieval castle of Oudon is still represented today by a tower still standing proudly in the center. Emblem of the commune, it takes place on the right bank of the Hâvre and dates from the fourteenth century.
On the heights of the town, the ruins of Vieille-Cour represent the last vestiges of a manor house of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. You can also admire the remains of an old chaplaincy or leper hospital today converted into a private residence. One can still see the portal of the old chapel dating from the 15th century.
Some very ancient sites testify to the human occupation of the territory of Oudon since the Neolithic, like the menhir of the White Stone, entirely in white quartz, which stands among vineyards. Classified to the Historical Monuments, it would be the theater of a meeting of elves, once a year towards midnight.
Inside the commune of Oudon, several residences of character are always visible, like the Pilardière, the Greffin, the Buron, the Tertre that belonged to the sister of Jules Verne, or Omblepied, a neo-classical villa Listed in the Historical Monuments.
Lovers of outdoor activities will appreciate the end of the Loire by bike that crosses the town, or even the walks on the two banks of the Hâvre. You can also follow the course of monumental sculptures that mark a part of the city.
The market is held every Sunday morning.
Every two years, the first half of August, Oudon organizes an international sculpture symposium during which French and foreign artists perform their works in public.
The Les Artistiques festival is held every two years in September, alternating with the sculpture symposium. It offers a competition of painting and drawing in the open air, as well as exhibitions and sales of works of art.
A Christmas market, with animations and illuminations, is organized in December.