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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Châteauneuf - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Village of nearly one thousand inhabitants, Châteauneuf takes place in the department of Vendée, in Pays de la Loire region. Close to the Atlantic coast, it is ten kilometers from Challans, and about forty kilometers from La Roche-sur-Yon.

Ideally located from a tourist point of view, the town also benefits from varied landscapes with the marshes in the north and the bocage in the south.

According to historians, Châteauneuf owes its name to an ancient castle built there in the Middle Ages. The village was mainly known in history for having been an important battle scene during the late 18th century Vendean insurrections.

Today, it is more oriented towards tourism than in the Pays de la Loire region. It has an interesting heritage, as well as natural areas perfect for hiking or other outdoor activities.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.9174920 (N 46° 55’ 3”)
Longitude-1.9127740 (W 1° 54’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 1m to 34m
Surface area15.92 km²
Population1027 inhabitants
Density64 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (33 mi, 52 min)
Insee code85062
IntercommunalityCC Challans-Gois Communauté
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Bois-de-Céné2.3 mi (6 min)
Saint-Gervais4.6 mi (10 min)
Sallertaine5.3 mi (12 min)
La Garnache5.9 mi (11 min)
Challans6.1 mi (12 min)
Beauvoir-sur-Mer6.9 mi (13 min)
Saint-Urbain7 mi (13 min)
Machecoul-Saint-Même7.9 mi (14 min)
Bouin8 mi (13 min)
Paulx9.1 mi (16 min)
Saint-Étienne-de-Mer-Morte9.3 mi (17 min)
Froidfond9.9 mi (18 min)
Le Perrier10.8 mi (19 min)
Soullans10.8 mi (20 min)
La Marne11.7 mi (20 min)

Things to see and do

Two monuments mainly make the tourist fame of the village of Châteauneuf. Inscribed in the Historic Monuments, the remains of the old castle, as well as its feudal mound, testifies to the activity of the commune in the Middle Ages, while the small mill, also inscribed, reveals all its ingenuity. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, it still has all its period mechanism.

In the church of Châteauneuf, you can discover one of the oldest bells of Bas-Poitou. Classified as a Historical Monument, it features an inscription in Gothic letters dating from the end of the 15th century. There is also a polychrome wooden tabernacle built in the 16th century.

Several marked hiking trails allow you to appreciate the heritage and flora of Châteauneuf, while the Storks Observatory will offer beautiful views to the most patient hikers. A leisure area, with games for children and the largest, is also offered.

Events and festivities

In July, a garage sale is offered to make bargains.

At Christmas, the town welcomes a market with the presence of Santa Claus.



Wednesday 26 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 25°C
Thursday 27 september
Min. 15°C - Max. 25°C
Friday 28 september
Min. 15°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Painting on porcelain course for children
Arts and Crafts10 € Soullans (7.2 mi)
Sightseeing tour in a little tourist train
Culture and education3 € to 10 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (11.1 mi)
Accrobranche Explora Parc in the dune forest
Sports sensations10 € to 22 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (11.7 mi)
Acrobatics trail in the forest
Entertainment7 € to 20 € Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (12.7 mi)
Dino’s Park theme park
Entertainment8 € to 13 € Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (13.1 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sentier des ostréiculteurs - La Barre de Monts Fromentine
HikeEasy1h05La Barre-de-Monts (10.7 mi)
Circuit of the three castles
Village visitEasy3h00Apremont (14.1 mi)
Along the Haute Perche Canal
HikeEasy1h30Pornic (16.2 mi)
Circuit n°7 - la chaize giraud
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate50 minLandevieille (18.9 mi)
Le Grand Parcours trail
HikeIntermediate4h00Brem-sur-Mer (22 mi)


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