Attraction in the Vendee.
small village between La Chataigneraie and Fontenay-le-Compte, in the Vendée is
a self appointed member of the prettiest village in France club. Wherever you go
in France you will find a village professing to be the prettiest in France, and
Vouvant is the South Vendée’s representative. There is no doubt that it is a
beautiful place, the centre of the village is dominated by the 11th
Century church, the Melusine Tower and ramparts overlook a wide bend in the
languorous river Mere and the charmingly narrow streets house a plethora of
The fortified village of Vouvant nestles neatly into the rambling
countryside at the north end of the Mervent/vouvant forest.
village is dominated on the skyline by the church of "Notre dame" , in 1000ad
William V, the great duke of aquitane commisioned the bishops of Maillezais to
build him a church and monestry on this pisturesque sight that he had came
across while hunting, due to a lack of money the church was not finished till
the Norman style with a romanesque portal.
it that it was Melusine the fairy who built the castle at Vouvant, and the
tower that dominates the ramparts is all that is left today.
Mere has been damed just below Vouvant by a small modern structure and lower
down stream at the Pierre Brune Barrage. This turns the small river into a lake
and with the old ramparts make a most attractive setting.
The narrow streets
and picturesque stone houses with painted shutters and flowers growing out of
the roadside and in pots make this an idyllic village to just stroll around or
sit at one of the bars or cafes and just take in its splender. For those who
wish for longer walks the are well marked trails, details can be had at the
Tourest office on the edge of the Ramparts.
review of Vouvant
in the Vendee