Puy Du Fou
At Les Alouettes, a 4-star family campsite in Vendée, near Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, we go out of our way to publicise and celebrate the famous theme park, the Puy Du Fou.
Vendée can boast the biggest historical theme park in France: the Puy du Fou. The park also has an evening show called the Cinéscénie, retracing the history of Vendée through the story of the Maupilier family. Puy du Fou is a village belonging to the commune of les Epesses in the Vendée countryside. Puy du Fou is a few kilometers from Les Herbiers and Cholet, only 45 minutes from La Roche-sur-Yon and an hour away from Nantes and Angers.
The Cinéscénie was created in 1978 by Mr Philippe de Villiers and brings together 3400 volunteers known as the Puyfolais; the event takes place on a stage of 23 hectares, facing the audience. There are 14 000 seats, and over 400 000 spectators enjoy the show every year. Famous actors have lent their voices to the show: Gérard Depardieu, Robert Hossein, Philippe Noiret...
In 1989, just next to the Cinéscénie, on 50 hectares of land, the Grand Park was created. To date, in terms of visitor numbers, it is the second biggest theme park in France, behind DISNEYLAND. Puy Du Fou has hosted two stages of the Tour de France, in 1993 and 1999. In 2009 Miss France was elected in this now-mythical site.