Puy du Fou: France’s best kept secret

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If you’re planning on visiting France this summer, why not take a trip to their best kept secret, Puy du Fou, a historical theme park, based in the heart of the Vendée in the west of France? The park, located in Les Epesses, is France’s fourth most popular tourist attraction after Disneyland Paris, bringing in an estimated two million visitors a year.

Sounds good: where can I stay?

The park has four themed-style hotels, the first of which is Roman, with all staff dressed in their Roman uniforms and rooms decorated in the ancient colours of Rome. There is also The Field of the Cloth of God hotel, decorated in the Renaissance style and with lodges fashioned in the image of Francis I and King Henry VIII.

Clovis Island, based on the Merovingian period, allows up to five people to stay under a modern-age thatched roof, while Hotel Le Logis De Lescure, an 18th century themed lodge with four suites, is decorated in a Rustic style, with wooden beams and striking lighting.

What do can you do there?

There are 17 different shows to choose from at Puy du Fou, from robot musicians and the Puy du Fou Odyssey, to a Vikings display and Roman horses galloping in a Ben Hur re-run, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! In addition to the shows you can also spend time at the Grand Parc and enjoy the Market Town, the Animal Prairie, an 18th century village and much, much more.

What do I do next?

As with any journey, you’ll need to make sure you are fully prepared. In case you or a loved one becomes ill on your trip, you’ll need medical cover. The European Health Insurance Card, which replaced the E111, allows you to receive free or discounted healthcare across participating countries in Europe, including France. Ensure your family’s cards are up to date; if not, you’ll have to apply for new ones well before you arrive.

Photo: Grand Parc du Puy du Fou- le secret de la lance by christian.parreira licensed under Creative commons 2

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