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Towns and Villages of the Vendee


Mervent lies at the heart of the forest of Mervent-Vouvant some 12 kms north east of Fontenay le Comte in the south Vendee. This ancient village sprung up around the castle of Mervent of which only the foundations remain upon which the Panoramic viewing platform now gives the best view and appreciation of the forest and lakes that surround the town.
There was a church here as early as 900ad. The Nave with its two windows, one to the north and one to the south are part of the original 10th century church, the choir in a flamboyant style was constructed after the Nave in the X1V and XV centuries with the help of the Lords of Parthenay-L'Archveque who were the owners of the castle..
Inside the church you can see the clock mechanism which dates from 1640 and is still working today as well a large stone font and stain glass windows.

There are many activities around this popular tourist village, from boating and canoeing from the centre Nautique, there is a beach for swimming and of course with so much water,fishing either from the shoreline or on boats.
The Fun park at Pierre Brune is a favourite of all ages and the tree top adventure park is also well supported.You can also go rock climbing at Pierre Blanche.

As always with tourist spots the area has ample eateries, you can check these out on our restaurants in the Mervent forest page.
Village square at Mervent.
chuch and bell tower ar Mervent
View from the castle ruins, Mervent
The main attraction though is the forest, with its well laid out walks and cycle paths and the wonderful picnic areas that have been supplied many under wooden roofed shelters.
Church clock mechanism at Mervent
the Church at Mervent
remains of the ruined castle at Mervent