Are you're looking to battle with the Vikings, hurl with the gladiators or swash buckle with pirates? The Puy du Fou is the answer to all your fantasies. Attracting over 2,000,000 tourists each year, this historical theme park provides spectacles and attractions that cover various exciting periods in history and with it music concerts, dance performances and reenactments galore. Come sunset and the Cinescene provides an unforgettable show on one of the biggest stages in the world, and thousands of actors and performers most of whom are from the neighboring areas and take you through nearly 700 years in history. For a whole new experience for the whole family, check out the wonderful Puy du Fou.
A Japanese garden in the Pays de la Loire region of France is Parc Oriental de Maulévrier. Established in the 18th century in the vicinity of Château Colbert, the foundation of the park was laid by Alexandre Marcel, a Parisian architect. In 1976, the park went to the municipality of the village and was declared as one of the most remarkable gardens in France. Today, it houses close to 3,000 different varieties of flora along with a pond, bridge, pagoda and plants like Japanese maples, camellias, azaleas etc. It is the largest known Japanese garden in France and hosts exhibition of ceramics and bonsai.
In the heart of the city of Cholet is the GlisséO, a popular sports complex that boasts an array of top-notch facilities and activities. The center features a massive swimming pool perfect for laps or for leisurely dips, slides, dive ramps, a bubble pool, a well-maintained ice rink, and a fitness center. They also conduct fitness classes and aquabike sessions. GlisséO truly is one-of-a-kind and a must visit when in the city.
Located on the banks of the river Crume, Château de Tiffauges is a popular tourist attraction among families with its various fun activities and programs for children. Dating back to medieval times, it is most famous for being home to the famous knight and notorious killer, Gilles de Rais. Today it lies in ruins and only some of its wall remains and fortification can be seen. It is now owned by the local council who organize a number of plays, historical re-enactments and exhibitions on medieval culture. A ticket to the castle can allow you entry during any time of the day and is sure to leave you with a memorable experience.
Situated in Pays de la Loire, this botanical garden is open on all days except Monday for you to visit. Officially a member of the Jardins botaniques de France et des pays francophones, this garden was established to highlight the importance of the chamomile plant. Over 350 medicinal plants are grown in this garden with special focus being on the chamomile cultivation. The garden also has a video room as well as a store for you to visit.