The West Coast of France is a wonderful holiday destination, with glorious beaches, a sunny climate and plenty of tourist friendly resorts. The draw of the sea also encourages many visitors to head off to enjoy the gentle pace of life on some of the inhabited islands that lie just a few miles out to sea.
Carisma provide a choice of four Vendee campsites, so we’ve below is a basic introduction to four islands that could make for a fascinating day out from one of our sites. With a bridge connecting Il de Re to the mainland and a low tide causeway providing a route to Ile de Noirmoutier, you don’t even need to hop on a boat to experience island life!
With horse drawn carriages, a water park and kids clubs on the beach, along with a medieval castle, Aquarium and Butterfly Farm, Ile de Noirmoutier has plenty to attract visitors. Many people simply visit to enjoy the novelty of walking along the causeway at low tide and then watching the path being swallowed up as the tide draws in.
Ile d’Yeu is the site of Pierre Tremblante, an enormous Neolithic stone that many believe can be moved when it is pressed on a particular point. There are also the remains of an 11th Century castle. By climbing the steps of Le Grande Phare, it is possible to get 360 degree views over the beaches, coves and ports of this quiet and relaxing island.
Ile de Re offers a network of flat, off road routes along with bike hire facilities and this is the ideal way to explore the island. With its unique location in the Atlantic Sea, Ile de Re has gained recognition for its cultivation of mussels and oysters and if you enjoy fresh seafood, you certainly won’t be disappointed at any of the island’s restaurants!
Is the second largest island in France after Corsica, sitting west of the mainland town of Rochefort. It has preserved many buildings that give a taste of historic life on the island. These include the Plataine Windmill, an ice house, a lighthouse and a wide collection of churches. Out to sea, you can see the impressive defence of Fort Louvois and Fort Boyard that protected this coastline from attack.
Ile de Noirmoutier is closer to our site in St Hilaire de Riez //www.carisma.co.uk/sol-a-gogo.html#tab-0. Ile d’Yeu is nearer to our sites in Jard-sur-Mer //www.carisma.co.uk/jard-sur-mer.html#tab-0 and Les Sables d’Olonne //www.carisma.co.uk/la-dune-des-sables.html#tab-0, whilst Ile de Re makes for an enjoyable day trip for those staying in Les Conches: //www.carisma.co.uk/les-conches.html#tab-0.
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