The lovely island of Noirmoutier is in the north of the Vendee, less than 1km from the mainland and reached by a bridge. More adventurous visitors may want to drive to the island along the 16th century cobbled “Le Gois” causeway, which is only accessible at low tide!
One of the big attractions for visitors staying in a holiday home on Isle Noirmoutier is watching the cobbled causeway emerge each day after high tide. As the tide recedes many local fishermen visit the causeway to collect shellfish that breed prolifically on the surrounding mudflats. The island has many beautiful beaches and sandy coves within its 20km long expanse, making it ideal for family holidays. The varied landscape makes it ideal for hiking and cycling to explore the sand dunes, pine forests, salt pans and sand dunes which are home to many bird and animal species. Bois de la Chaise is a woodland area with a sandy beach and is where the Souzeaux Promenade offers pleasant walks along the seafront.
The high point on the island is the Chateau de Noirmoutier which is a popular place to visit from your Isle Noirmoutier holiday rental. As well as having panoramic views of the island, the 12th century mediaeval castle is open for tours and houses the interesting Noirmoutier Museum. Explore the main town on the island, Noirmoutier-en-Ile, with its narrow streets lined with white houses, the old port and the church. For families, the Grand Parc is a historic theme park with a fabulous falconry show of around 150 birds flying in the amphitheatre of the old chateau. Reconstructed historic villages depict history from Roman times onwards and various old trades are demonstrated.
Holiday rentals on Isle Noirmoutier enjoy warm sunny summers and mild damp winters with very pleasant temperatures for enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle. Average daytime highs in July and August reach 24°C (75°F), dropping to 14°C (57°F) overnight. In winter the daytime high averages 8°C (47°F) but the area rarely has any frost or snow. There may be rain showers at any time of year, most frequent and heaviest from October to May.
The nearest airport to Isle Noirmoutier holiday rentals is Nantes Atlantique (NTE) Airport which is 74km away at Cedex. There are frequent budget flights from the UK to Nantes with Easyjet, Flybe and Ryanair. A car is recommended for exploring the area. It is easy to pick up a hire car from the airport and drive to the Ile along the D758. Those wishing to travel by train will find the nearest railway station is at Nantes, 90km away.