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Today we head to the Jewel of the Atlantic: the island of Yeu. And if we call it that, you can imagine, it’s because it has some nice surprises in store for you.

Trust us, you can not decently stay in Vendée without giving a day to discover this extraordinary place.

Open all your chakras and recharge your energy before you go, because this corner of paradise has a lot to offer.

From Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, board the boat that will take you across the piece of ocean that separates us from this island. The crossing lasts one hour and we advise you to take the first trip of the day, at 8:30 am or 9:00 am, to fully enjoy your visit.

In advance, to park, you will find several car parks nearby. Boulevard Georges Pompidou, a first car park is at your disposal, 500 meters from the pier. It is possible that it is quickly filled, so we can also offer you the parking of the old swimming pool 1 km from the pier.

Small note before departure: The island can be visited mainly by bike and in summer, it is a very popular means of transport on site. Do not hesitate to book your mounts upstream to be sure to visit the island with this means of transport.

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The program of the day

We suggest you to cycle around this sanctuary to discover all the secrets. The island of Yeu is rich in history, very wild and especially authentic. Nature flourishes there. Enjoy the diversity of fauna and flora, clear your mind and let yourself be carried away by the waves and the wind…

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La côte sauvage

As soon as you arrive, get on your bikes and go, heading south of the island.

Here you can discover the wild coast and capture its beauty.

Take many breaks… And, take the time to admire these steep landscapes that sometimes hide small intimate coves.

If you look up and listen, if you are a keen observer and you are an ornithologist, you will be captivated by the bird ball that is played in the sky.

Continue the road and then head towards the Pointe des corbeaux and its lighthouse.

The dune coast

Past this point, you will find yourself on the dune coast and its softer landscapes, less rocky. This small quiet beach is ideal for swimming, even at low tide.

The beaches

There are around twenty beaches on the island. Here is our selection to help you make the most of your day:

  • L’anse des Broches is a small cove ideal for swimming. Its charming colourful huts add a touch of fun to this beach of white sand and clear water.
  • The beach at Saint-Aubin, near the port, is a popular spot for fishing! It may not be suitable for swimming, as it is not very long, but its sandbank leaves plenty of room for sunbathing or fishing.

The other beaches: The beach of Soux (Attention! Favorite!), the beach of Sabias, the beach of the beautiful House…

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Other places to see:

  • The old castle tells the story of the wars on the island of Yeu. He was able to stand despite the journeys and today tells the story of the people who protected him and himself. Guided tours are organized daily in July and August (11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 16:30, 17:00 and 17:30).
  • The citadel, dating from the 19th century. Over the years, it has been used as a prison and barracks. A guided tour, “Les Mystères de la Citadelle”, is available throughout the summer and is open to all!

There are numerous churches and chapels throughout the island:

  • Church of Saint-Sauveur
  • The Church of Port-Joinville
  • Notre Dame de la Paix Chapel
  • Saint-Hilaire Chapel Enjoy the architecture and history.

Enjoy the architecture and the history !

A gourmet break ?

During your day, you will surely need to recharge your batteries. We advise you to head to Port-Joinville in the north of the island and find a small restaurant called «La Plancha du pêcheur». Its sublime view of the port will delight you. Their menu is simple but well done. Thus, taste seasonal dishes cooked from fresh and of course local products, served by a smiling and pleasant team !

Apparently, trying this table is adopting it !

We’re counting on you to tell us about your experience!