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Mouilleron le Captif - a popular residential town

The town of Mouilleron le Captif is a large town situated in the west of France, in the popular holiday destination of the Vendée. Situated ideally for accessing all the major attractions of the region, the town is lively and well equipped to satisfy all the needs and requirements of a modern lifestyle, whilst having an interesting history and culture. Mouilleron le Captif is much larger then its original form as its appeal and great location has led to the building of a number of modern housing estates around the old centre, thus increasing the population considerably and giving a dynamic feel to the town.

What's in a name?

It is impossible to hear the name of this town and not to wonder about its origins. Legend has it that the seigneur of Mouilleron was taken prisoner by a neighbouring lord, and forced, during his imprisonment, to humiliate himself by pushing the millstone to grind corn for his new master. Hence he became known as the "Captive Miller" and the name was soon transferred to the town.

Shops and services

Mouilleron le Captif has a good variety of shops and services, including schools, banks, garages and health care. It also has restaurants where you can enjoy the distinctive cuisine of the Vendée. Vendéen life is very much bound up with the sea, and although Mouilleron le Captif lies a short distance inland it is still within easy reach of the fabulous Vendée coast with all its lively resort towns and beautiful beaches. This has the additional benefit of meaning that the restaurants are able to offer deliciously fresh fish and seafood, as well as some of the traditional sweets and pastries that are acclaimed in this area.

Sports on offer

The sunny climate of the Vendée is perfect for outdoor pursuits, and there are plenty to be found in this popular tourist area. Residents will find numerous sports clubs including football, basket ball, athletics and tennis, and children are positively encouraged to join. If you are on holiday, in or close to Mouilleron you will be able to access horse-riding, golf, swimming, sailing and much more.

Cultural pursuits

Culture vultures will also be delighted to find much to occupy them here. The town offers many cultural events throughout the year, including theatre, music, dance and festivals, the best known of which is perhaps the "Face et Si", which takes place every September.

Out and about

The beaches and coastal towns are all close to hand, so you can enjoy days out in popular holiday spots such as St Jean de Monts, where there is always something going on that will keep all members of the family happy and busy. The Vendée also offers the opportunity to visit the islands that lie just off the coast, and these are truly fascinating with their salt marshes and traditional fishing villages. Inland too, the region has much to please, with pretty countryside dotted with tranquil lakes and cool green forests.

How to get there

Mouilleron le Captif is within easy reach of several airports which offer direct flights to and from the UK. Head for La Rochelle, which offers flights with budget airline Ryanair, flybe and easyJet, or fly to Poitiers with Ryanair. Nantes is also within reach, and has flights with Ryanair and Aer Arann, while Angers is served by Eastern Airways. Poitiers has a TGV stop as well, from where you can take local services to get closer to Mouilleron le Captif, offering the possibility of train travel from the UK. Drivers will find the town located near the D937, which can be accessed from the A83.

Property prices and availability in and around Mouilleron le Captif

The Vendée is not France's cheapest area for property, as you would probably expect given its warm climate, lovely coastline and tourist attractions. However, a town such as Mouilleron le Captif offers the possibility to purchase more reasonably priced property than towns such as St Jean de Monts, while still benefiting from many of the advantages of this lovely area.

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Mouilleron le Captif AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Mouilleron le Captif?

Mouilleron le Captif is located on the west of France, just inland from the Atlantic coast. It lies slightly to the north-west of the centre of the Vendée department.

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Population: 3,967

Access: By air: Fly to La Rochelle, Nantes, Angers or Poitiers with a variety of airlines. By rail: Travel by Eurostar to Paris then change to a TGV to Poitiers. By road: Drivers will find the town near the D937, which can be accessed from the A83.

Economy: The economy is mixed, with tourism an influential factor.

Interesting fact: Thanks to a number of recently built "lotissements", or new housing estates, the population of Mouilleron le Captif has more than tripled in the past twenty five years.

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