One of the highlights of the year in this region is Le Grand Pavois – the annual international boat show at La Rochelle. La Rochelle is only 1hr 15 from Foussais and this makes it a great day out.
While the boat show itself is well worth a visit, especially if you are of a nautical bent, it is really the Voiles de Nuit that we mainly go to see. This is usually held on the last Saturday of the week-long exhibition and consists of a spectacular light, sound and firework show held on the banks of the ancient harbour. There is also a beautiful parade of boats in and out of the “twin towers” of the old port, accompanied by haunting music.
Everyone crowds on the banks with a picnic and enjoys the show in great spirit. It really is a fantastic occasion and one not to be missed. If you owned a property here in the south Vendée, you’d be able to see it every year! So what are you waiting for? Get exploring the house and start living here in time for next year’s event