Exploring The Exclusive Vendée Islands Part I: Noirmoutier

Noirmoutier, the most family-friendly island out of the swanky Vendee Islands.

Gem of the Atlantic Coast, Noirmoutier is the kind of place where you feel at home. The Vendée Islands are known to be adored by Parisians, and what isn’t there to love? Bike rides, endless beaches, sunset picnics, windsurfing…etc. Ile de Ré is often considered as more posh in all of the Vendée Islands, while Noirmoutier boasts a similar image but more inclusive. Looking for a refreshing vacation off the coast of France? The idyllic island of Noirmoutier is the perfect destination.

HOW TO GET THERE

The easiest way to reach Noirmoutier is by car or train. If you are departing from Paris, take the train to Nantes. From there, a bus serves the whole island, and will drop you off wherever you need to go. The landscapes will leave you speechless!

By car, Paris-Noirmoutier is approximately a six-hour ride. To make the car ride further enjoyable, download some great playlists from Jetset Times’ Spotify account, invite some friends, and the trick is done!

SEE

Noirmoutier is brimming with great addresses and charming spots. Whether you prefer an adventure-filled vacation or a seaside getaway, this island has something for everyone. Come and discover the wild nature of “Noirmout” (as the locals say!)

Les Marais Salants

Ile de Noirmoutier, 85740 L'Épine, France

Known for the salt produced locally, the salt marshes are spread over one third of the island. The salt is one of the island’s main assets since the 16th century. The sauniers – workers harvesting the salt – offer the possibility to visit the marshes while explaining the whole process of their work. It is an ancestral expertise; the salt is collected manually, as the tradition dictates. Today, there are more than 100 sauniers on the island waiting to share their experience with you. The settings are unique, and definitely worth visiting!

The salt marshes on the island
The salt marshes on the island. FACEBOOK Marais les Angibauds / L’Atelier du Sel

Visiting the island by bike

Another great advantage of Noirmoutier is the possibility to bike everywhere. No cars or metro cards needed! When staying on the island, the only two things you will need are: a bike, and some sunscreen. If you don’t have a bike, then its fine! You can rent one in any town of the island. Noirmoutier has more than 80 kilometres of bicycle lanes; since the topography of the island is levelled, the bike rides are open to everyone. So, either accompanied by friends or family, rent a bike, see some sights, and make memories!

The island favors bicycles over cars
The island favors bicycles over cars. FACEBOOK Communauté de Communes Ile de Noirmoutier

LET'S EAT

Oyster bars, high-end restaurants, or bistros; Noirmoutier has it all. Often established in pristine settings where nature is queen, enjoy delicious cuisine in a peaceful environment.

La Cabane d’Adrien

Zone ostréicole de la Nouvelle Brille, 85680 La Guérinière, France

This laid-back oyster bar is set in the middle of the marshes. It is the perfect spot to enjoy some freshly caught oysters or seafood platters, on their outdoor terrace. Friendly, spacious, and cozy; the restaurant is ideally placed at the heart of the island on top of all those qualities. The décor is perfectly paired with the atmosphere of the oyster bar, and the ambiance will make you feel at ease. We vividly recommend trying this serene and festive bar, mainly known by locals.

La Cabane d'Adrien noirmoutier
La Cabane d’Adrien. FACEBOOK La Cabane d’Adrien