Listed among one of France's most beautiful, Vouvant is a fortified village bursting with flowers in summer but is worth a visit any time of the year. Combine a brisk walk along the ramparts by the river, have a meal at one of three restaurants incl. Café Cour du Miracle, and visit artist studios. Horseriding and hiking nearby; Saturday market in summer. Directions (27km)
The 13th century Donjon de Bazoges-en-Pareds, is a restored medieval castle keep with spiral staircase, six floors, and thirty meter high ramparts offering spectacular views of the adjacent medieval gardens, the incredibly quiant village, and the surrounding countryside. Directions (13km)
Located on the border between Vendee and Deux Sevres, lies Chateau de St MesminThe chateau was built in 1370 by Pierre-de-Montfaucon in a hexagonal shape. Today, visit the chateau for a glimpse into medieval life with visits to the keep, armory, kitchens, and more. Directions.
This beautiful forest is said to be the largest (oak) forest in France with rivers and streams meandering through the hilly landscape. It offers hiking, mountainbiking, picnic, zoo, boating, fishing, and beach opportunities. Do be aware that trails may not go in a loop, so be prepared before commencing your hike! Directions (30km)
Nantes is a beautiful, cultural city offering sightseeing, a huge chateau, shopping (inner city and shopping malls), and a diverse foodie scene with a lovely atmosphere in summer (terraces, people watching, and entertainment) and in winter (Christmas market in several streets and squares.) Convenient parking throughout the city makes it ideal for an all-day visit, or a romantic evening with English language cinema, dinner, and a stroll. Directions (81km)
L’île de Ré is a beautiful island, perfect for an all day trip from La Baudonniere. When in the area, it is a place you should not miss. From beautiful beaches to interesting architecture, vineyards, star fortresses, and an abbey ruin, the island lends itself great for a sightseeing drive, or simply park the car at St Martin de Ré for a languid stroll along the port with its many restaurants and terraces, and its narrow streets with lots of little shops. There is a toll bridge to the island. Directions (103km)