To cross onto the island of Noirmoutier is to take on a voyage of discovery, to a land with a thousand different features.

Cross onto the island over the Gois, follow the Sebastopol dyke, discover the crypt in the church of Noirmoutier en l’Ile, walk along the Jacobsen jetty with its natural bird reserve or the little streets of Vieil or have a picnic at Bois de la Chaise.

Noirmoutier has retained its harbour port character with all its pleasure boats and numerous little boats.

Amongst its pine trees, its green oaks and salt marshes, this island holds many beautiful treasures. Its mild climate enables fig trees and mimosa trees to flourish and hence it being called “the mimosa island”.

Whether you cross over the bridge or the Gois, come and discover a land which you will love.

You can get to Noirmoutier island:

  • From Fromentine, you can cross over the bridge which is available at any time and free of charge.
  • From Beauvoir-sur-Mer you can cross the Passage du Gois which is a causeway accessible only at low tide. It is unique in the world due to its length of 4.5km. For your security it is important that you check the tide-times before going across the Passage du Gois. For information – you can cross up to 1 hour 30 mins before and after low tide.
Noirmoutier castle in vendée

Particularities of Noirmoutier island

The island of Noirmoutier is dotted with white houses with blue shutters which are grouped together into 4 villages all having very different personalities.

Whether you’re doing a tour of the island, going to a seaside resort, looking for a place to meet up with friends or just want some time alone, there’s something for everyone all year round.

You’ll discover its local seafood, its salt marshes and forests, its beaches with yellow sand and its secret alleyways and backstreets. It offers you a maritime heritage and culture with local knowledge to be shared.

Noirmoutier island is waiting for you – ideally discover it by bike or on foot so that you can really appreciate the villages with their narrow streets and experience the “island of nature”, the “island of light” or “the island of good food”.

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