Once on land, the bicycle is ideal for visiting this island which is 10 km along and 4 km wide.
There is a good variety of landscapes, alternating between the heaths and the rugged coasts, coastal dunes and long beaches.
Island must sees :
Port-Joinville – Main village on the island and fishing port.
Fort de Pierre Levée – 19th century military fortress.
The Pointe du But – North west point of the island with excellent views.
The Grand Phare – 20th century lighthouse open to visitors from April to September.
The Vieux Château – 14th century medieval fortress.
The Pointe des Corbeaux – South east point of the island complete with an art deco style lighthouse.
Saint Sauveur – Typical village with traditional island architecture.
It boasts blue salt-water wetlands which stretch over a third of the island, warm windswept sand dunes, and delicate scents from the holly oaks, strawberry trees and marine pines…
Tucked away in the hollows of Bois de la Chaise, the large villas exemplify Noirmoutier and stand as witnesses to La Belle Époque and “sea bathing”. Tourism and “classic yachting” were born in these sandy inlets facing the mainland.
With its 40 km of beaches, Noirmoutier offers a large number of water activities for all, including sailing schools, sea gardens for children, diving school, paddle surfing, land sailing and kitesurfing, jet skiing and sea kayaking, along with excursions on old sailing boats and for sea fishing, and you can hire or buy sailing equipment and boats.
The island also has three ports: Herbaudière, Morin and the traditional port of Noirmoutier en l’île. Local Flavours Noirmoutier produces quality products from both land and sea includingoysters and other shellfish, its famous “bonnotte” potatoes, naturalsea salt and fish.
Le Gois : a curiosity
The appeal of the island may in part be linked to its unusual access, there is the bridge or at low tide you can reach it via “Le Gois”, a road 4 km long which links Beauvoir sur Mer to Noirmoutier. A curiosity that was the only one of its kind, the Passage du Gois long served as the umbilical cord connecting the island to the mainland until a bridge was built in 1971. Les Foulées du Gois: “the race against the sea”. Every June, 30 athletes race against the rising tide… a spectacular challenge pitting Man against Nature.