In a spot next to the meandering Yvon river is La Roche sur Yvon, a city built as a medieval fortress that seems stuck in that era. The town, with a population of 1,000, was the chosen by Bonaparte as the headquarters of the Republican armies in 1804. A place of peace and tranquility to pacify the rebellious people of the Vendée. Today, this place is lovely, colourful and calm, perfect for enjoying the tranquility. Different routes allow you to explore La Roche sur Yvon from the gaze of Napoleon, like the Renaissance houses, the theatre and the church of San Luis, or the equestrian Le Haras de la Vendée. La Roche sur Yvon is a great destination for 'slow travel', with or without company. You will fall in love with this place through its streets, precincts and life itself.
In a park of 4 hectares and close to the town of La Roche sur Yvon, lies Les Haras de Vendée. An equestrian center unique in its style which is famous in the riding world. The Vendée is proud to have in their province one of the best riding schools in the country. A place to learn and breed horses, where you can do equestrian exercises, and where horse lovers can enjoy the most classy sport. The center is built on an old deserted monastery and it has a lot of ancient history, over 150 years! A growing sport with increasing number of participants. The shows and competitions held in the city are quite important, because the future riders of French horse racing come here.