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The Island of Yeu and Noirmoutier

Yeu and Noirmoutier: 2 must-see islands in Vendée!

Surprising, beautiful and quite invigorating, they can each be the subject of a great day of vacation!


To get there :

  • Noirmoutier : allow 50 minutes (more info at the Noirmoutier Tourist Office)


  • Ile d'Yeu : count 1 hour crossing from Saint-Gilles-Croix de Vie with La Compagnie Vendéenne 0 825 139 085 (0.15€/min).

+ info at the Ile d’Yeu Tourist Office – 02 51 58 32 58


A stopover not to be missed as this island is so attractive !

  • Small coves sheltered from the winds and view, long sandy beaches, you are spoiled for choice!
  • Salt marshes cover a third of the island and can be visited in summer and early fall. They offer a unique, somewhat linear landscape.
  • If you want a more intimate encounter with the place, opt for a guided tour !
How to reach Île d’Yeu from the Continent?
To reach this Vendée gem, nothing could be simpler! Two shipping companies provide regular connections from the continent: Compagnie Vendéenne and Compagnie Yeu Continent.
By staying at Camping de l'Auzance, you will be ideally located to take the crossings departing from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. These are operated from April to October, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour. Remember to book your tickets in advance with the Tourist Office to be sure you have a place.
If you wish to reach the island outside of this period, head to Fromentine for crossings operated all year round by the Compagnie Yeu Continent. The journey only takes 30 minutes, and attractive “Escapades” rates are offered. Here too, advance booking is recommended, especially in high season.
As for parking, don't panic! Free parking is available near the piers, whether in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie or Fromentine. Enough to leave with a light mind for your island getaway.
The Island of Yeu, a Mosaic of Breathtaking Landscapes
With its 9.5 km long and 4.5 km wide, Île d'Yeu can be easily covered in a day. But don't be fooled by its modest size, it is full of varied landscapes that will delight all lovers of nature and wide open spaces.
A Wild Coast worthy of Brittany
The southern part of the island reveals a wild and steep coast, where steep cliffs and secret coves follow one another. Here, the mineral decor is reminiscent of the Breton landscapes, with its coastline sculpted by waves and wind.
Seasoned hikers will be tempted by the GR 80, which runs along this spectacular coast offering breathtaking panoramas. Pointe du But, in the far west, promises a superb view from the ruins of the old semaphore.
Fine Sandy Beaches and Pine Forests
Change of atmosphere in the northern part of the island, where the landscape becomes softer and hilly. Here, dunes, golden sand beaches and pine forests follow one another for a 100% seaside scene.
Families will meet on the large beaches of Les Sapins or Les Vieilles for peaceful swimming. Cove lovers will preserve the small Soux beach, nestled in the hollow of the rocks, or the intimate Sabias beach and its fishermen's huts.
Want a walk in the shade of the pine trees? Head to the national forest of Île d'Yeu, which extends over nearly 1000 hectares. Its shaded paths are ideal for a cool break between two sunbaths.
What to do on Île d’Yeu? Our Unmissable!
A day is fine, but to really take the time to discover all the wonders of Île d'Yeu, it is better to plan a stay of a few nights. Indeed, there is no shortage of activities to immerse yourself in the very special atmosphere of this preserved piece of land.
Port-Joinville, Beating Heart of the Island
Start your exploration with Port-Joinville, the main port of the island and a real small fishing village. Around the colorful port, a maze of charming streets is home to shops, restaurants and bars with a friendly atmosphere.
Don't miss the daily market on Quai Carnot, perfect for stocking up on local products. Seafood, fish, Vendée specialties...There is something for everyone!
From the port, a short walk will take you to the Citadel, an impressive 19th century military structure offering a panoramic view of the ocean. The ideal place for a picnic with a view!
Discovering Small Traditional Ports
It's hard to resist the charm of the island's small traditional fishing ports! Among our favorites, the port of La Meule and its few low houses huddled around the quay. Here, time seems to have stopped...
Stroll along the colorful peaks, admire the fishermen unloading their catch of the day, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the café terraces. An enchanted break far from the bustle of the continent.
Immersion in the Heart of Typical Villages
To immerse yourself in the island soul, enter the small, typical villages that dot the Île d'Yeu. That of Saint-Sauveur, with its white houses with colorful shutters and its cobbled streets, looks like a postcard.
Stroll through this maze of flowery alleys, admire the Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Port church and its pointed bell tower, before taking a sweet break in one of the village's small cafés. An air of dolce vita in the Vendée!
Île d'Yeu by bike, on foot, by little train...The choice is yours!
The Île d'Yeu lends itself wonderfully to walks or bike rides thanks to its many marked trails. Explore the preserved coastline, discovering wild coves and exceptional panoramas of the ocean.
Cyclists will opt for the Vélodyssée, a developed route which makes the

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