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85. La Roche sur Yon, place Napoléon, église St Louis
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A town, with a chequered layout, established by Napoleon I. Vendée needed a safe city in order to guard against any further troubles. In 1804, Napoleon chose this site and had the plans drawn up by a military engineer, Duvivier, hence the military severity of today's chequered layout. Baptised "Napoléon-Vendée" when it was founded, it finally took back its original name in 1870 after many trials and tribulations.

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Tourist attractions La Roche-sur-Yon : Things to see and do

  • Place Napoléon

    pl. Napoléon F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    A square was needed in the middle of the chequerboard designed by the emperor's military engineers. This was created so that 20 000 soldiers could assemble there. Neo-Classical buildings surround the huge esplanade, which has recently been redone and..

  • Haras

    120 bd 120 boulevard des États-Unis F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    This stud farm, one of the most important in France contains many purebred stallions and French trotting horses.

  • County Hall

    r. Fech F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    Entrusted to the architects Roland Castro and Jean-Luc Pélerin, the Hôtel du Département has an immense glass façade with very pure lines and a large, round pink tower that is the seat of the General Council. Exhibitions are held in the restored old ..

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Hotels La Roche-sur-Yon

  • hôtel mercure la roche sur yon centre Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars

    117 boulevard Aristide Briand F - 85000 LA ROCHE SUR YON

    Prix Prices from : 74 €

    This Mercure hotel is located in La Roche-sur-Yon city center, 5 minutes' walk from the TGV station, 25 minutes from Sables d'Olonne and 40 minutes from Puy du Fou. This hotel was fully renovated in 2015 and has 67 stylish, inviting rooms. For a brea..

  • Hôtel de France

    19 Avenue Gambetta F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    The Hotel de France is opposite the SNCF train station in La Roche-sur-Yon and just a 5-minute walk from the town centre. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Each guest room at the Hotel De France is soundproofed and a buff..

  • Hotel de la Vendée

    4 rue Malesherbes F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    Hotel de la Vendee is located in La Roche Sur Yon town centre, 800 metres from the train station. This design hotel offers en-suite accommodation with free Wi-Fi internet access. Each room at the Vendee is equipped with a king-size bed and a flat-sc..

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Restaurants La Roche-sur-Yon

  • Bistro Yonnais Quite comfortable restaurant 

    117 boulevard Aristide-Briand F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    A useful 'bistro' for a meal in the town, within the Mercure hotel. The menu puts traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients in the limelight. The contemporary interior, which is very nicely done, and the verdant terrace for sunny days deserve a sp..

  • Le Saint-Charles Quite comfortable restaurant 

    38 rue du Président-de-Gaulle F - 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

    Behind the discreet façade is a pretty, classic-style restaurant done out in an understated way. An appealing setting in which to sample the contemporary cooking made with quality ingredients. For example, tender and flavoursome calf sweetbreads with..

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