Perhaps the most off-beat attraction of this region is the troglodyte village of Rochemenier that was  inhabited until as late as the 1930s.

The original inhabitants created a community underground and you are still able to visit twenty rooms, an underground 13th-century chapel  carved out of the rock.and, even more incredibly two former farms complete with stables and cowsheds.

There could be few better ways to end a day in the caves than  dining at the adjacent Caves de la Genevraie, a troglodyte restaurant (not a phrase often uttered in the UK) famous for its traditional fouaces filled with mushrooms or bread.

troglodytee caves