La Roche-sur-Yon: A Closer Look

The Green Venice in the Poitevin marsh
The Green Venice in the Poitevin marsh

Vendespace is situated in Mouilleron-le-Captif (4,500 inhabitants), a suburb of La Roche-sur-Yon. La Roche-sur-Yon, is the capital city of the department La Vendée, located in western France, only 50 minutes from the closest airport in Nantes and only 3 hours by TGV train from Paris. The city was founded in 1804 by Napoléon. Nowadays La Roche-sur-Yon offers all of the charm of a manageable sized town with many shops, restaurants, cultural places (museum, theatre, cinema, libraries, etc..), stadiums and gyms, schools, university and a lot of other services. In the countryside and close to the seaside, at only 30 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean (Les Sables d'Olonne), and 1h from the theme Park "Le Puy du Fou", this city proposes different activities all along the year like the International Cinema Festival, the Theatre Festival, the Music Festival, national and international sport events and more than 90 different sport activities.

La Vendée is one of the most attractive areas for summer tourism with lots of beaches, harbours, resorts and historical monuments. There are numerous places to visit like Noirmoutier Island with its amazing «Passage du Gois», a submersible road that allows reaching the island only at low tide. Les Sables d'Olonne and Saint Gilles Croix-de-Vie are only two of the beautiful seaside towns of this county where you can enjoy beautiful beaches and nautical activities. Le Puy du Fou is one of the most famous French historical theme parks, awarded by the US Thea Classic Award 2011. La Venise Verte, a typical natural landscape, features a magical maze of tree-lined, duckweed-covered canals called the Green Venice in the Poitevin marsh in the south of the region.

Basketball History Of The Area

12. Florence Lepron (France)
Florence Lepron, Tarbes GB and France National Team player hails from La Vendee

Basketball has a long tradition and is very developed in La Vendée with 11,800 participants out of which 57% are women. Some teams compete in the highest national championships: La Roche Vendée Basket Club (Ligue 2, 2nd women's league), JA Le Poiré-sur-Vie (Nationale 1, 3rd women's league), Vendée Challans Basket Club (Nationale 1, 3rd men's league), Luçon and Les Olonnes (Nationale 2, 4th men's league). In the 1960's and 1970's La Vendéenne was the first club playing in the 1st men's league; in the 1980's, Challans Basket competed in the Korac Cup. Since 1989, on every Easter week-end, La Roche Vendée Basket Club organises an U16 international basketball tournament which gathers the best club teams from Europe and the rest of the world. Many U16 European Championship MVPs and current NBA players took part in this competition.

This land of basketball is proud to have brought up players, who became members of French senior national teams such as Françoise Amiaud (National team in the 1980's and vice-president of the French Basketball Federation since 2005), Emmanuelle Hermouet, Florence Lepron (both EuroBasket Women Champions in 2009) and Aymeric Jeanneau. What is more, Aymeric's brother Yohann Jeanneau is an active FIBA referee.

Recommended Sightseeing

  • House of Dragonflies (3 € instead of 4,50 € upon presentation of a EuroBasket Women 2013 ticket)

Visit The House of dragonflies, and participate in activities for children and adults. These graceful insects teach you patience, observation and a pleasure to follow in their secret world.

Address: 9 place de l'Eglise 85310 Chaille-sous-les-Ormeaux
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 06 03 15

  • Eglise Saint-Louis (free entrance)

A major monument of the Napoleon Square, the Saint-Louis Church is a significant neoclassical monument of the eighteenth century architecture with a rectangular basilica.

Address: Place Napoleon 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon

  • Poterie de Nesmy
    The beaches of Les Sables d'Olonne are only 40 km away from La-Roche-Sur-Yon

The Nesmy atelier produces fine pottery and offers a free tour through its workshops.

Address: 23 rue Georges-Clémenceau 85310 Nesmy
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 07 62 57

  • Space of World Records

Discover antique objects of gigantic size made of natural materials, wicker, wood, leather etc. Time for a visit or guided tour through the heart of the magical world of excess and gigantism through objects such as a giant shoe...

Address: 16 rue Jules Verne 85430 Aubigny
Tel: +33 (0)2 28 15 50 63

  • Le Haras de la Vendée

The Vendée Stud welcomes horses and men to improve the French breeding and preserve know-how of all kinds: blacksmithing, leather work, but above all the use of the horse. Discover this vibrant culture, as well as all horse-riding peoples of the planet: Berbers, Tekes, gauchos and many more

Address: 120 Boulevard des Etats-Unis 85000 La Roche sur Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 37 48 48

  • Renaissance Mansion

Built in 1566, this mansion, which was inspired by the Italian model, is the oldest of the city. A historic monument since 1930, it holds permanent and temporary exhibitions connected to the history of the city.

Address: 10 place de la Vieille Horloge 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 46 14 47

  • La Roche-sur-Yon By Carriage

To discover the city in peace, the Yonnais Heritage Association offers tours of the city in a carriage. The sound of shod hooves pounding the pavement, the city reveals itself in a different light...

Address: Place Napoléon 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 46 14 47

  • Puy du Fou Theme Park

At the heart of a centennial forest, the Puy du Fou is a unique place for an unforgettable stay with family or friends. Great spectacles and beautiful nature propel you through the centuries. Exit the twenty-first century and set off for adventure!

Address: 30 Rue Georges Clemenceau 85590 Les Epesses
Tel: +33 (0)8 20 09 10 10

Vendespace Arena

Capacity: 4,200

Address: Parc Beaupuy


GPS address: 6° 42′ 43″ N / 1° 25′ 56″ W / 46.71202, -1.43234

La-Roche-Sur-Yon: Facts And Figures

Population: 53,000

Official Website:

Distances: Lille (642), Orchies (646 km), Trélazé (129 km), Vannes (182 km), Les Sables d'Olonne (35 km), Noirmoutier (90 km), Paris (422 km)


By Car
4:15 from Paris via highway A11 and AB7
1:00 from Nantes via highways AB3 and AB7

By Train
TGV Paris-Montparnasse - Angers Saint Laud: 1:30
TGV Nantes - Angers Saint Laud: 40min

French railway SNCF  

By Plane
Nantes Atlantique International Airport is located 1:00 from La-Roche-sur-Yon with nine connections to Paris and three to Lille per day.


Recommended Places To Eat

  • Le Bistrot du Boucher

Around local products and first class meat, guests are offered, neat French cuisine always adjusted to the respective season.

Address: 10 rue de Verdun 85000 La Roche sur Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 09 90 42

  • Le Bistro Yonnais

A must for everyone in the heart of la-Roche-sur-Yon for lunch, dinner or simply for a drink. Come and relax in a cosy and trendy atmosphere.

Address: 17 bd. Aristide Briand 85000 La Roche sur Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 06 94 26

  • Brasserie Le Clémenceau

Discover the Parisian brasserie, the private rooms upstairs, the air-conditioned veranda and outside terrace to enjoy fresh dishes made from local produce at any time.

Address: 40 rue George Clémenceau 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 37 10 20

  • Le Karo

Le Karo, in la-Roche-sur-Yon is a cocoon in the city center, a creative restaurant offering gourmet cuisine in tune with the times, combining modernity and tradition.

Address: Le Carreau des Halles 85000 La Roche sur Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 62 79 32

  • Restaurant hôtel Le Point du Jour

The hotel offers three air-conditioned dining rooms where several menus welcome you for a stopover for your meals.

Address: 7 rue Gutenberg - BP 231 85006 La Roche sur Yon cedex
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 37 08 98

  • Les P'tits Ventres de Terre

In a room with dark wooden furniture engraved with the coat of arms of P'tits Ventres you will discover all culinary charms of the Vendée to enjoy in its earthen pots.

Address: 79 boulevard Maréchal Leclerc 85000 La Roche Sur Yon
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 62 50 55

  • And numerous other restaurants in La-Roche-Sur-Yon