Nicknamed mimosa island due to its exceptional microclimate, Noirmoutier is a seaside paradise for nature lovers. 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.
Noirmoutier produces quality products from both land and sea including oysters and other shellfish, its famous "bonnotte" potatoes, natural sea 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.
Noirmoutier and la Belle Plaisance
Noirmoutier is a much-favoured venue for Belle Plaisance regattas. This magnificent protected stretch of water is an exceptional area for sailing. Every year, sailboats and fore-and-aft sails gather at prestigious regattas such as the Lissac Classic in Noirmoutier, around the Pen Duick. It's there that "La Chaloupe", has been organising the famous "Régates du Bois de la Chaise" for a quarter of a century. The event features over 100 working and Belle Plaisance leisure craft in a festive and friendly setting.
Le Gois is the longest submersible road in Europe. The site is classed as a "picturesque site" on the French national site list and is in the running to become a UNESCO world heritage site.