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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

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
Population1135 inhabitants
Density32 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (78 km, 1h03)
Insee code85094
IntercommunalityCC Pays de Fontenay-Vendée
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)
Coulonges-sur-l'Autize12.2 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Summer workshops at the École de la Gataudière


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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Romanesque church
Romanesque church
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Tuesday 9 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 34°C
Wednesday 10 august
Min. 21°C - Max. 35°C
Thursday 11 august
Min. 22°C - Max. 36°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Introduction to ceramics at an artist's studio
Arts and Crafts280 € Vouvant (8.2 km)
Hot air balloon flight over the Poitevin Marsh
Nature and the great outdoors150 € to 270 € Coulon (24 km)
English course with residential immersion
Culture and education1140 € Vausseroux (41 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sentier Jean dos Bois
HikeIntermediate3h45Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq (7.3 km)
The Wood of Lavas - La Taillée
HikeEasy1h05La Taillée (25 km)
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1h00La Taillée (25 km)
The Golden Ball - The Ford of Velluire
HikeEasy1h05Le Gué-de-Velluire (25 km)
Martyrs' Cross Trail - Chantonnay
HikeEasy1h10Chantonnay (30 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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