18 kilometres from our campsite in the Vendée, on the rocky banks of the Vie River, Apremont is about a 25 minute drive away. The town’s history was built around its château, now a private residence.
The Château d’Apremont was created in 1534 by Philippe Chabot de Brion, a friend of François I and Admiral of France. It was dismantled, stone by stone, in 1733. Nowadays, all that is left of the château is its ramparts, towers and a vaulted passageway for knights that is the only one of its kind in France.
What you can see of its mediaeval period is the entrance castellum with its remnants of the old drawbridge, the defensive walls and towers, and western curtain wall. As concerns the Renaissance period, you can visit the eastern and western towers, during guided tours only. You can also visit the chapel and see its exhibition on Philippe Chabot de Brion, the château’s creator, as wells as the vaulted knights’ passageway.
In Apremont, you can also explore the lake and its leisure area, where you can participate in many family-friendly activities.
The lake is monitored by lifeguards during the summer holidays, and the beach is partially shaded. Various games are at your disposal to keep your kids occupied. You can spend the whole day there if you like, with picnic tables available for your meals.
Activities like a wake park, boats for hire, restaurants and others are open to you from April to October.