Coëx is a little over 4 hour drive from Paris, but only an hour and half drive from Nantes. It’s a cosy little French town located 15 minutes away from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean with the closest beach being Sion sur l’Ocean. My visit there was a long weekend to visit a friend of 4 days that was very much needed. The weather was a mix of rain and sunshine that the Vendéens call ‘les grains de lumière’ “a grain of light”, that last approximately an hour and a half to 2 hours, just long enough to do a quick visit before getting drenched!...
For a small village, in fact there is quite a bit to do in Coëx. There is a large Golfing villages right outside the city limits of 18 holes; 4 biking trails and open air nature balads that you can do at your own rhythm, an equestrian centre, if you like horseback riding, and a beautiful aromatic park called ‘Le Jardin des Olfacties’ which is an aromatic garden that you can visit.
‘Le Jardin des Olfacties’ garden is a 1 to 2 hours visit that arouse your nose and enchant your senses with over three thousand aromatic plants displayed on 5 hectares of garden. Every Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August, as the evening falls, there is an illumination with music that gives the grounds a fairy tale allure.
The garden is also known for its extraction of natural oils by distillation. Visits are given every day at 3:00 pm starting in June to demonstrate the vapor extraction using a still to obtain the essential oils. And finally, there is also the boutique where many of the natural oils in many forms can be purchased. If you are interested, below are the dates and hours that you can visit ‘Les Jardins des Olfacties’.
Written by Melba Allen