The Vendee region of France is distinguished by its impressive collection of windmills, some of which date back as far as the 14th century.
Although they may be easy to dismiss if you're unaware of their importance, the windmills actually represent an important slice of history in this fascinating area, which ranks among the top tourist destinations in France.
But in addition to their historic importance, these spectacular sites are also great attractions if you're currently planning a family holiday to the Vendee.
This is, in part, because many of the windmills actually incorporate kids activities into their tours. Consequently, mum and dad are able to learn all about the intricacies of milling while the kids have their own fun. Perfect.
Here, we're going to provide a brief guide to some of the best windmills in the region.
Moulin de Rambourg
This is the only surviving water mill in the Yon valley and one that is definitely worth visiting if you get the opportunity.
A tour of the site will see you shown around the three floors that make up the mill, as well as all of the machinery that is needed to make it work.
Thankfully, all of its workings have been preserved since the start of the 20th century.
Petit Moulin de Chateauneuf
This mill dates back 300 years and throughout that time, has been run by the Vrignaud family.
Of course, this has only been made possible due to the fact that the family has passed its knowledge and experience of milling down through the generations.
You can take a tour of the mill, so don’t pass up the opportunity!
Moulins des Gourmands
This mill, which was constructed in 1842, is located Moulins des Gourmands.
It is, in fact, the most recently operated of all the mills in the district and, again, is well worth seeing for yourself. You can join a guided tour of the mill to learn how flour is made and the history of the mill itself.
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