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Les Herbiers

Situated in the north east corner of the department, Les Herbiers is well located for discovering the Haut Bocage of the Vendee, other attractions include le Mont des Alouettes, the Abbaye de la Grainetiere, The Chateau des Herbiers, le Donjon d'Ardelay and the Puy du Fou. Les Herbiers is the second largest commune in the Vendee and has a population of 15,500, it is 6okms from Nantes and is on junction 29 of the A87 autoroute.
The origin of the name Les Herbiers  is from Herbadilla (ville de l'herbe) due to its closeness to the zone of herbs and the marshland enviroment.
At the time when Jules César invades Gaulle, a named Roman legion “the Lark” is established on the hill which dominates the Herbaria and which, since, bears the name of Mount of the Larks (mont des Alouettes).
During the Middle Ages, the religious, intellectual and agricultural activity of the abbey of Grainetière transformed all the area, but it was not saved during the 'Hundred years war'. The English invaded it but were later driven out by Guesclin.
The end of the X1Xe century saw the opening of a shoe factory by Lois Rondeau and then in 1964 the small communities of Herbaria and Ardelay were joined to form the modern day town of Les herbiers, since which it has profited from exceptional development in trade, industry and Tourism.
Les Alouettes. Top of its 231m, the Mount of the Larks offers on the area of the Herbaria an imposing panoramic sight, which opens the horizon on the whole of the Vendean scrap-metal.
Swept by the winds of the history, this small hill does not remain less discrete about it on its origins. From which does this name come from the Larks? : base camp of a Roman legion? … usual overflight of a colony of birds? … deformation patoisante of the word gorses? … No one could not say it with precision.
Only visible remainders of a completed activity, which one finds trace in the texts since 1564, three windmills always remain, on 8 what exists formerly.
Only one still functions thus keeping memory of a tradition old miller of several sièclesLien (possible visit from April at September).
These mills played the optical part of telegraph during the French revolution, thus transmitting hill in hill of the information on the movements of the enemy.
To commemorate the memory of the Wars of the Vendée, an elegant neo-gothic vault was set up in 1825, according to the wish of the duchess of Angouleme, girl of Louis XVI.
Each summer, it is the theatre of many and varied animations.