La Roche-sur-Yon, France

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageFrench
Country France


Destroyed during an 18th century revolt but brought back to life thanks to Napoleon I, La Roche-sur-Yon has had a troublesome history. Unsurprisingly a statue of Napoleon on horseback is a prominent landmark, but it’s by no means the most interesting. Both Saint-Louis church and the local theatre have Doric columns on their facades, while the Sacre-Coeur church is a great example of gothic design.

The markets offer local specialities, and this being wine country you’d be doing the town a disservice by not sampling the local booze.

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