Les Herbiers, a town with a population of about 20,000 in the department of Vendée in the west of France, is a juxtaposition of the new and the old. In recent years, the city has actively promoted sports clubs, contemporary arts, technology, and industry while at the same time preserving its rich medieval heritage. An example of this blending is the twelfth-century Benedictine abbey of Notre-Dame de la Grainetière. Partially restored and currently home to Benedictine monks, the abbey also invites regional musicians to perform for the public.
Above the city is Mount Alouettes, originally a Roman legion encampment. In the sixteenth century, seven windmills graced its summit. Today, only three remain. From the Mount you can view the city and its surrounding countryside and visit the charming nineteenth-century chapel commissioned by the Duchess of Berry. During your stay in Les Herbiers, reserve a day for traveling to nearby Puy du Fou to enjoy a sensational spectacle of medieval reenactments and displays, light shows, and fireworks. Les Herbiers also invites a thriving hospitality industry, with hotels, gites, and camping to accommodate any budget. When planning your vacation, be sure to check EasyToBook.com for great hotel discounts.
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