Benet, Vendée


The Church of Sainte-Eulalie, in Benet

Coordinates: 46°22′06″N 0°35′46″W / 46.3683°N 0.5961°W / 46.3683; -0.5961Coordinates: 46°22′06″N 0°35′46″W / 46.3683°N 0.5961°W / 46.3683; -0.5961
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Vendée
Arrondissement Fontenay-le-Comte
Canton Maillezais
  Mayor Daniel David
Area1 50.01 km2 (19.31 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,617
  Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 85020 / 85490

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Benet is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

The former communes of Lesson, Sainte-Christine and Aziré were joined to the commune of Benet in 1973.


Close to Niort (11 kilometres or 7 miles) in Deux-Sèvres and Fontenay-le-Comte (19 km or 12 mi) in Vendée, Benet is located near :

The diversity of the landscapes, the limestone plain, along with the marshes of Sainte-Christine, Aziré and Nessier, make this commune a varied place, rich of its differences.

The Vrizon is the underground river that goes through the commune.

Benet is located close to the A83 and A10 motorways, connecting the commune to some major cities, as Nantes (130 km or 81 mi), Poitiers (98 km or 61 mi), Bordeaux (193 km or 120 mi), or Paris (428 km or 266 mi). Benet is also situated 64 km (40 mi) from the tourist city of La Rochelle.


List of Mayors

Period Identity Party
March 2001 - March 2008 Daniel DAVID Socialist Party
March 2008 - Daniel DAVID Socialist Party


Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Inhabitants 2294 2583 2761 3062 3224 3202 3617


The Sainte-Eulalie Church, on the historical register, constitutes an unmissable stage in the tour of the Romance Churches and Abbeys of the region.

A few kilometres away, it is possible to visit the historic site of the Maillezais Cathedral.

A wind farm was created near Lesson in 2007, and several months later, a second was established 3 km (2 mi) away from the first. A total of ten wind turbines overhang the commune.

Twin towns


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