The town is situated on the coast where the sun light is certainly less powerful but just as long as in the south of France. With its beaches, its forest of oaks along the coast, its beautiful sites like the Payré, monuments, hiking trails, historical sites, make this town a better place to live and spend a few days .
Since Roman times and even before the "white gold", salt was the main resource of the municipality where it was shipped to Poitiers and Bourges by road salt in which the trade occurred.
In the 9th and 10th century, all Vendée coast had to undergo the Norman invasions and looting.
In the 12th century, Richard the Lionheart was donated to the monks of the order of Premonstratensian Génétouze of land to build an abbey. It will become the Abbey of Lieu-Dieu who developed a strong regional economy.
Two centuries later it suffered serious damage, "looting and destruction," and in 1568 during the wars of religion it was definitely ruined. It will never be reborn of religious conflict.
The Church of St. Radegund of the 11th century also had to suffer serious damage during the wars of religion, in 1568 it was looted and burned. It will be reborn from its ashes a century later, but with major changes.
A chapel was built in 1650 and dedicated to Saint Anne.
During the wars of the Vendée was not common to suffer abuses.
A small silver mining has dug for three centuries the cliff, hence the name "the range of the mine."
This town is worth a visit or a trip a few days for all ages.
The Abbey of Lieu-Dieu was founded in 1198 by Richard the Lionheart.
The Church of St. Radegund of the 11th century with its sculptures of monsters on the tower.
The Chapel of St. Anne with its statue dating both from 1650.
The tip of Payré worth a detour, its forest of oaks and hiking trails on the edge of the cliffs.
The marina, its banks and the mill of the dominant Conchette this set.
Beautiful rides along the coast to the foot of the cliffs.
In Bernard and Avrillé at 4 / 5 km: dolmens, menhirs, barrows, Cairn, Castle Raiders for children.
Sables d'Olonne: pier and lighthouse Thatch, Armandière flagship, the barges, not to mention the highlight of the small pier and the channel ... Tour d'Arundel, old fire tower indicating the port, the 15th century priory of Saint-Nicolas, zoo animals and 200; Holy Cross Abbey, shell museum ...
Talmont Saint Hilaire: 11th century castle of Richard Coeur de Lion with its keep, its underground ice, the tower of the Dram, its elevators, its well ... Castle built in rollers.
Always at Talmont, Bourguenais, marina with jetties and walks, its oyster beds, the protected site of Veillon with migratory birds, the beautiful walk along the estuary of Payré.