Vouvant, little village in the Vendee department, is counted one of les plus beaux villages de France. Set in a meander of the river Mère (literally "mother" in French), the defensive nature of the site was added to by the construction of medieval ramparts and a fortress.

Nowadays, there is only one tower left of the latter - known as Melusine's tower thanks to the legend that says that she brought it into existence with a wave of her magic wand. Whether it was created by a fairy or not, it is solid enough now - the walls are three metres thick! - and you can climb up to the top of its 36 metre height for an excellent view of the village beneath.


Vouvant is peaceful now, but its quiet is shattered during the summer when an international folk music festival is held in the village and dancing and music go on into the night.

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