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Pouzauges

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Pouzauges - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée
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Commune of Vendée, Pays de la Loire, Pouzauges takes place about fifty kilometers from La Roche-sur-Yon, on the edge of the Deux-Sèvres department. It is located near Reaumur Menomblet and Rochetrejoux and extends over 3,600 hectares.

The old Puzalgiae developed from the Gallo-Roman, gradually revealing the face it has today. Heavily affected by the horrors of the Hundred Years War, it was also marked by the horrors of the Vendée war between 1793 and 1796, notably through the massacre of 400 people during the Christmas night 1793 and the massacre by infernal columns in 1794.

Today more peaceful, the city of the west of France continues to attract visitors passing by the charm of its architecture and its rich historical heritage.

Geographical information

MunicipalityPouzauges
Postcode85700
Tourism labels
Latitude46.7826480 (N 46° 46’ 58”)
Longitude-0.8372430 (W 0° 50’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 92m to 280m
Surface area36.65 km²
Population5705 inhabitants
Density155 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (35 mi, 56 min)
Insee code85182
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Pouzauges
DepartmentVendée
TerritoryPoitou
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

La Meilleraie-Tillay4 mi (11 min)
Sèvremont4.5 mi (12 min)
Saint-Mesmin5.2 mi (9 min)
Le Boupère5.3 mi (12 min)
Réaumur5.7 mi (12 min)
Saint-Prouant6.8 mi (13 min)
Montournais7 mi (13 min)
Chavagnes-les-Redoux7.5 mi (15 min)
Monsireigne8 mi (16 min)
Menomblet8.3 mi (19 min)
Saint-Amand-sur-Sèvre8.5 mi (17 min)
Cerizay8.8 mi (16 min)
Rochetrejoux8.8 mi (20 min)
Les Epesses8.9 mi (19 min)
Saint-André-sur-Sèvre9 mi (18 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the eleventh century, the Saint-Jacques takes place in the upper part of the city. Combining the Romanesque and Gothic styles, it is enlarged in the fifteenth century to accommodate new worshipers present. The building three ships is now topped by a square tower and reveals corbels finely carved on the walls. Inside, difficult to resist the windows of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that tell part of the Vendée war.

Open to the public, the castle Pouzauges is located on one of the highest hills in the area, more than 240 meters. It is originally built in the twelfth century under the influence of family Thouars before experiencing changes in the fifteenth century by the wife of the notorious Gilles de Rais. At that time, the medieval dungeon turned into residential tower with the addition of windows and carved fireplaces. From Niort style, the current dungeon reminiscent of Tiffauges, also creating Gilles de Rais. Top twenty-six meters, it still presents his own murderous or latrines. Its park, freely accessible, is also very pleasant.

Built in the eleventh century, the Church of Our Lady of the Old Pouzauges reveals a Romanesque architecture that tends towards the Gothic style. Ranked historic monument, the building retains traces of color on the walls and reveals several paintings of the Old Testament, monsters or showing the months of the year by the field work. Its paving, remarkable, consists of 99 tombstones from the cemetery that adjoined the church once.

Unique in the Vendée, the twin mills of Terrier Marteau were built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Eight meters high, they were once used for making flour. Restored, one of the buildings is again used for the creation of a local organic wheat flour and is open to the public who finds pleasure making bread. An enclosed park surrounds the site including chickens, peacocks and geese and two donkeys. Open from 1 to 31 August, it offers entertainment for children and guided tours.

Strolling around, be sure to also discover the castle of Cacaudière nineteenth century, the manor of Puy Papin fifteenth, the dolmen of Marchais, the ruins of the Abbey Wood Roland or Abbey Chaplaincy.

To explore the city, you can take the Green Wire, a tourist charming course, before you open the Lake Hope for swimming and fishing.

Places of interest

Information points
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Events and festivities

Photos

Castle
Castle
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View from Castle Pouzauges
View from Castle Pouzauges
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Fishing at Lake Hope
Fishing at Lake Hope
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Venelle of Pouzauges - ​​Green Wire
Venelle of Pouzauges - ​​Green Wire
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Pouzauges
Pouzauges
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The Green Valley
The Green Valley
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Church of Our Lady of Old Pouzauges
Church of Our Lady of Old Pouzauges
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Welcome drink at the Tourist Office
Welcome drink at the Tourist Office
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Priory Saint John of the Chaplaincy - Pouzauges
Priory Saint John of the Chaplaincy - Pouzauges
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Weather

Thursday 20 february
Min. 4°C - Max. 11°C
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Friday 21 february
Min. 1°C - Max. 11°C
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Saturday 22 february
Min. 1°C - Max. 14°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Carriage ride in the Poitevin marsh
Nature and the great outdoors10 € to 12 € Maillezais (30 mi)
Oenology lessons, visit the domain + 3 free bottles
Local flavours34 € to 64 € Gorges (31 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lay Trail - Saint Prouant
HikeEasy3h20Saint-Prouant (5.8 mi)
Cudet Trail (Variant) - Saint Prouant
HikeEasy4h30Saint-Prouant (5.8 mi)
Wood Trail - Saint Prouant
HikeEasy2h25Saint-Prouant (5.8 mi)
Les Barres Trail - Saint Prouant
HikeEasy1h25Saint-Prouant (5.8 mi)
Cudet Trail - Saint Prouant
HikeEasy5h05Saint-Prouant (5.8 mi)

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