The pretty town of Lucon, in the Pays de la Loire region of western France, is a lively town full of character. The first sighting of Lucon is the Cathedral, which dominates the skyline. A patchwork of styles from its gothic nave to its renaissance chapel and 17th-century façade, it’s certainly interesting, and in the town there’s plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, with a lovely local market on a Wednesday and Saturday. Surrounded by lovely natural wonders such as the large sea of marshland of the Marais Poitevin and the prairie of Lucon-Fontenay, there’s lots to do outside of the town. Visit the Jardine Dumaine – an enchanting garden with an avenue of 170 year old yew trees, a lake full of ducks, geese, and animal statues. It’s a big hit with children and adults alike. And, just west of town, there’s the Lac des Guifettes, boasting a number of water activities on and off shore.