This is a region rich in beautiful and varied natural scenery like lakes, forests and wooded countryside that you'll relish exploring.
Lac de Ribou
This lake on the outskirts of town offers lots of outdoor activities and watersports based at the Lac de Ribou leisure complex. At weekends and in warm weather, local people come to make the most of the beautiful natural environment around the lake. The Lac de Ribou
is a perfect holiday destination, with several campsites and holiday villages along its banks.
Lac du Verdon
This lake has become a major draw for people who enjoy windsurfing, fishing or birdwatching. It is surrounded by very varied landscapes, ranging from the agricultural plain on one side to wooded areas and a forest on the other. Paradise for nature-lovers, the lakeside harbours some very interesting plants and animals, particularly species of birds and fish.
Etang des Noues
This smaller lake, sheltered within a forest, is a wonderful place to go walking, fishing or for nature rambles to observe the rich variety of flora and fauna.
Visitors enjoy lots of fun leisure activities on the water or in the nearby countryside. Around the 35 hectare lake, the many forest trails are a pleasure to ramble along - whatever your age.
Etang de Péronne
A large forest encircles this lake, whose remarkably varied natural habitats make it home to many protected or endangered species of plants and animals. The Etang de Péronne is the most ecologically diverse nature site in the region.
Nuaillé-Chanteloup is the largest forested area in the Mauges, extending across more than 3,000 hectares. In former times it was the site of battle in the Vendée Wars, but modern-day visitors have far more peaceful intentions - like enjoying sports, hiking, or nature rambles.
If you're lucky on a walk along the many footpaths criss-crossing the forest, you might come across a deer in the shelter of the trees, or even hear a stag bellowing; these woodlands are famous for this haunting sound that's guaranteed to bring a tingle to your spine!