Set in the heart of the Pays de la Loire region, Les Epesses is a small town that has been inhabited since at least the 9th century. It’s home to one of the country’s most popular theme parks, the Puy du Fou, which hosts historically accurate shows recreating France’s storied past.
Things to do in Les Epesses
Regularly voted as one of the best theme parks in the world is the Puy du Fou, which was established in 1977 on the site of a 16th-century Renaissance castle. It has been realistically designed with medieval streets, a Viking-era village and a 6,500-seat Roman stadium where daily shows are held. A highlight is the evening Cinéscénie, which sees 1,200 actors take to the largest stage in the world to bring 700 years of history to life.
Coincide your visit with a retelling of “The Secret of the Lance”, which sees a young shepherdess defending her castle tower against invading English knights. You can experience the atmosphere of ancient Gaul during the gladiatorial fights and chariot races of the “Triumph’s Sign”, then watch dozens of birds of prey take to the skies during the “Phantom Birds Dance”.
To experience the natural landscapes that surround Les Epesses, join one of the adventures run by Trott & Nature. In addition to guided walks through the Sèvre Valley, they offer all-terrain electric scooter excursions to explore the cycling paths and greenways that link Les Epesses with St. Mars la Reorthe and Les Herbiers.
Getting around Les Epesses
Les Epesses is a 25-minute drive from Cholet and an hour from Nantes and Nantes Atlantique Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Buses travel to Les Epesses but renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around the region.