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La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire

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La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire is a commune in the Vendée department, in the Pays de la Loire region, 23 km northwest of Fontenay-le-Comte.

Its territory of 15 km² results from the merger, on January 1, 1975, of the localities of La Caillère (to the southeast) and Saint-Hilaire-du-Bois (to the northwest). Since then, although it is made up of two towns and hamlets, the town has nevertheless retained a rural environment. Agricultural land represents 71% of its surface area, and there are also wooded areas and grasslands.

However, in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially in Saint-Hilaire, some industrial activities were established (tailoring, furniture manufacturing, agricultural machinery). They have now disappeared. Only agricultural production and craft workshops remain. It should also be noted that the town of La Caillère has remained specialized in the fruit trade (pears and cherries in particular), this production having become the primary asset of certain farms.

The fact remains that it is primarily for its heritage and its bucolic landscapes - notably due to its plots of bocage and woods - that the town, which has some 1,100 inhabitants, is appreciated by visitors...

Geographical information

MunicipalityLa Caillère-Saint-Hilaire
Latitude46.6194444 (N 46° 37’ 10”)
Longitude-0.9100000 (W 0° 54’ 36”)
AltitudeFrom 49m to 137m
Surface area15.28 km²
Population1133 inhabitants
Density74 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (50 km, 49 min)
Insee code85040
IntercommunalityCC Sud Vendée Littoral
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Thouarsais-Bouildroux2.7 km (4 min)
La Jaudonnière5.7 km (7 min)
Bazoges-en-Pareds6.2 km (10 min)
Saint-Cyr-des-Gâts6.5 km (8 min)
Saint-Sulpice-en-Pareds6.6 km (9 min)
Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salle6.8 km (10 min)
Saint-Martin-Lars-en-Sainte-Hermine7.7 km (12 min)
La Chapelle-Thémer9.1 km (11 min)
Mouilleron-Saint-Germain9.2 km (13 min)
Saint-Maurice-le-Girard9.5 km (12 min)
Cezais9.6 km (12 min)
Saint-Martin-des-Fontaines10.2 km (15 min)
Thiré11.9 km (14 min)
Marsais-Sainte-Radégonde12.1 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

In terms of heritage, in the town of La Caillère, the Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste church dates from the 11th and 12th centuries and its original architecture is therefore in the Romanesque style. However, the building was burned by Protestant troops in 1562, during the Wars of Religion. A large-scale restoration was carried out in 1889. Work which also consolidated the very structure of a building which had been abandoned without a roof for several decades before the Revolution. It was then that it was covered again to become a meeting room and then very quickly regained its vocation as a place of worship.

During the Revolution, the feudal castle dating from the 13th century was destroyed. All that remains today is a tower called Rabasteau, named after one of the ancient lords. According to local tradition, Joan of Arc would have stayed at the castle in 1429 while she was heading towards Poitiers. In the 19th century, adjacent to the medieval tower, a mansion, enlarged in 1920, was built...

In the 13th century, moreover, a priory was mentioned on La Caillère, which has now become the so-called Logis site.

In Saint-Hilaire-du-Bois, remains of pagan places of worship and a first Carolingian church were unearthed during excavations in the 19th century. At the turn of the year 1000 followed the construction of a priory chapel which turned into a church in the 13th century (raising the bell towers) and in the 14th century (expanding the nave and the choir via two new bays). Finally, in the 18th century, some time before the Revolution, alterations and restoration work gave the church its current appearance.

As for the civil heritage, in the small town as in the surrounding hamlets, some noble residences have been preserved: La Ray manor (16th and 17th centuries), Salière and Sicaudière castles…

On the cultural side, activities are regularly offered at the library and the municipal village hall, shows and association events are scheduled throughout the year. Information at the town hall on +33 2 51 51 52 28.

However, in terms of leisure, it is the numerous hiking trails and mountain bike circuits traced in the area (crossing bocages, wooded plots and orchards, in particular) which delight visitors and vacationers.

Larger paths are possible to reach, to the south, the gates of the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park. To reach the nearest beaches, on the other hand, you should prefer cycling: the ocean is around fifty kilometers away!

Maps and information for hikers from the intercommunal tourist office on +33 2 51 56 37 37.

Events and festivities

On July 14, in the evening, fireworks.

The second Sunday in October, hiking and mountain biking in the Grands Bois with several distances on the program.

The last Sunday in October, chestnut fair with local products market, craft and agricultural exhibition, musical entertainment (brass band), flea market, fairground attractions.

The second Saturday in December, Christmas market.


Tuesday 23 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 23°C
Wednesday 24 july
Min. 13°C - Max. 27°C
Thursday 25 july
Min. 15°C - Max. 28°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse-drawn carriage trips in Sud-Vendée
Nature and the great outdoors175 € to 1035 € Sainte-Hermine (15.4 km)
Guided Bike Ride in the Marais Poitevin with a Traditional Boat Tour
Nature and the great outdoors75 € Maillezais (30 km)
Puy du Fou : Entry Ticket
Entertainment44 € Les Epesses (30 km)
Guided Bike Ride in the Venise Verte of the Marais Poitevin, near La Rochelle
Entertainment15 € Le Mazeau (37 km)
Hot air baloon flight in the Marais Poitevin from Niort
Nature and the great outdoors169 € Épannes (50 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sentier Jean dos Bois
HikeIntermediate3:45Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq (19.4 km)
The Wood of Lavas - La Taillée
HikeEasy1:05La Taillée (27 km)
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1:00La Taillée (27 km)
The Golden Ball - The Ford of Velluire
HikeEasy1:05Le Gué-de-Velluire (27 km)
The Locks - Sainte Radegonde des Noyers
HikeEasy4:55Sainte-Radégonde-des-Noyers (30 km)


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