Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Luçon
Luçon is a country town in the department of the Vendée in the Pays de la Loire region on France's Atlantic coast. Luçon is ideally situated for discovering many of the attractions of the south and west Vendee.
Luçon was once a Roman town ('Lucionensis') on the Roman road from Les Sables d'Olonne to Niort, at this time it was a sea port. During the dark ages the town was plundered by the Normans in 846, and again in 853 by the Vikings.
An important town throughout the middle ages, Luçon became spiritual capital of the Vendée in 1317 when the Pope created the diocese. Luçon is perhaps best known as the episcopal seat of Cardinal Richelieu. Cardinal Richelieu's statue can be found in the picturesque centre of town, close to the Cathedral which remains the seat of the Diocese of Luçon. The cathedral's 85 metre spire dominates both the town and the skyline for miles around.
Today, Luçon is a thriving country town with a population of 10,000. The pretty town centre is compact and pleasant to walk around. Here you will find numerous bars, cafes and shops. As a designated 'Ville Gourmand' there are also opportunities for fine dining.
The town has a bustling yet relaxed atmosphere with a very French feel to it.
The closest airports to Luçon are in La Rochelle and Nantes
Luçon is well connected to the road network, approximate driving times from popular destinations are as follows:
Municipal parking is in the large square opposite the cathedral in the town centre
Trains running between Bordeaux and Nantes stop in Luçon four times a day. This service also provides rail access to La Rochelle
Rail links to ferry ports
- From the ferry port of Caen, Luçon is linked by rail services with interchanges at Le Mans and Nantes
- From the ferry port of St Malo, Luçon can be reached via rail services with interchanges at Rennes and Nantes
- Taxis Dufour Laurent. 11 rue Saunerie, St.Cyr en Talmondais. Tel: 02 51 97 44 21
Cloisters of Luçon cathedral
- Luçon Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Luçon) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France. The spire at 85m high is the pinnacle of this great cathedral which is built in several styles on the site of a 12th century Romanesque church. There is a gothic nave with two aisles, 14th century choir and a Renaissance chapel. The facade is 17th century by Toscane who also worked at St Michel en Herm and Fontenay-Le-Comte. The three sided cloister that joins the Bishop's palace to the cathedral is from the Renaissance period. The organ was presented to the cathedral by Napoleon III.
Statue in the Jardin Dumaine
- Jardin Dumaine. Behind the Maire this attractive garden, built on the site of old Capuchin convent, was given to the town by the Dumaine family after whom it is named. This park has an avenue of 170-year-old Yew trees, clipped and over 7 metres high. The lake, with is ducks and geese, is always an attraction for children - as are the topiary statues of animals from the fables of La Fontaine. All around the wrought iron bandstand, which is decorated with bronze naiads, are colourful flower beds. A festival of lights takes place within this garden on the 14th of July (or the nearest weekend).
- Outside of the tourist information office, you will find the first of ten numbered plaques which guide you around the main sights of the town. This includes the Cathedral, the Maire, the Jardin Dumaine, the Chapelle Ste-Madeleine and the old port of Luçon (now dried out following the retreat of the Atlantic).
- Le Quartier du Bourgneuf. A different set of nine plaques mark out a pleasant walk around the 'new' town centre (south of the cathedral). Within this historic district, you will find cobbled streets, the Carmel of Luçon (an Abbey), the Chapelle Ste-Thérèse, and the Chapelle Ste-Madeleine (which has also functioned as a hospital). 
- 2017 is the 700-year anniversary of the creation of the diocese of Lucon. This jubilee will be celebrated with events throughout the year
- Covered market - Every Wednesday and Saturday morning
- Théâtre Millandy. 9, Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 85400 Luçon. Reservations: +33 (0)2 51 56 16 79
- Festival of lights (within Jardin Dumaine on 14th of July - or the nearest weekend)
- Expo Fair - August 15th
- Christmas Market
As a designated 'Ville Gourmand' there are also opportunities for fine dining.
- La Mirabelle. 89 bis Rue du Président De Gaulle, 85400 Luçon. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 56 93 02
- Au Fil des Saisons. 55 Route de la Roche sur Yon, 85400 Luçon. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 56 11 32
- L'Ardoise Gourmande. 52 rue George Clémenceau, 85400 Luçon. +33 (0)2 51 56 35 10
- A range of saladeries, crêperies, pizzerias and Chinese restaurants can also be found in Luçon.
- L'Oncle SAM (American-style bar which stays open until late). 48 Rue du Président de Gaulle, 85400 Luçon. 
- Café Du Commerce (has outside seating with great view of the cathedral). 7 Place Richelieu, 85400 Luçon.
- Café de la Poste. 1 Rue du President De Gaulle, 85400 Luçon
- Le Pénalty. 7 Pace du Petit Booth, 85400 Luçon
- Le Bordeaux. 14 Place des Acacias, 85400, Luçon. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 29 09 66
- Faucher Guy-Marie. 19 Av Michel Rambaud, Luçon. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 56 36 54
- Holiday Village, Domaine des Guifettes, BP 229, 85402, Luçon. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 56 17 16
- Camping Domaine des Guifettes, BP 229, 85402, Luçon. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 56 17 16
- Camping le Cle des Champs, La Papotière, Beugné l'Abbé. Tel: +33 (0)2 51 56 29 06[en.camping-lucon.fr/]
- Tourist information office. Place Edouard Herriot, 85400 Luçon. Tel: 02 51 56 36 52. 
- The town website provides information on leisure activities and up-and-coming events 
- Télé Luçon Sud Vendée (TLSV) - online 
Marais Poitevin (Venise Verte)
- O'Gliss Park opened in 2016 and is one of France's biggest water parks. There are 12 giant water slides, four river rapids and a wave pool. Route de la Tranche sur Mer- Lieu dit Le Pont Rouge, 85560 Le Bernard, France 
- Indian Forest (tickets can be combined with O'Gliss Park) has tree-top courses, water jumps, paintball and activities for younger visitors. Le Bois Lambert - Le Bernard BP4, 85540 Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits 
- The Marais Poitevin. This area is criss-crossed with tiny canals is a popular resort for inland boating. Also known as Venise Verte (Green Venice)
- Court d'Aron this floral park in the grounds of the Château d'Aron has a beautiful and exotic lotus lake
- To sample the local 'Mareuil' wine, take a tour of the vineyards and cellars of J Mourat (bike tours of the vineyards should be booked in advance). The nearby Châteaux Marie le Fou gives its image to the wines produced here. 
Châteaux Marie Le Fou, the Church of Saint-Vincent and the River Lay