Explore incredibly beautiful landscapes on the island with friends or family. Enjoy the charms of the wild coastline listed as a "natural site" with its steep cliffs overlooked by the formidable "Vieux château" in Ile d'Yeu. The coastal path, which is currently being designated as a GR (Grande Randonnée) path, as well as the interior network, make the island a wonderful location for walkers. Use the sign-posted routes as your guide and take your time with a leisurely ramble.
Ile d'Yeu offers a wide range of sea-based activities: sailing, sea fishing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, etc. As well as a large number of beaches for swimming or sunbathing. Ile d'Yeu for a long time was the leading tuna port on the Atlantic coast and fishing is still important here, with bass, monkfish, sole, turbot, sea bream, hake and various noble shellfish being unloaded at the docks of Port-Joinville.
The wild coast
Between Pointe du But and Pointe des Corbeaux on the southern part of the island, the wild coast stands in testimony to the Celtic lands of Brittany and Ireland. The landscape is dotted with many capes and points. Enjoy the wide blue yonder from Pointe du Châtelet and la Tranche. Port de la Meule, a small fishing port landscaped into a ria over which proudly stands the iconic chapel of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, which serves as a natural shelter for mariners. Inlets with fine sandy beaches are nestled amidst the cliffs: Belle Maison, Anse des Fontaines, les Sabias (a tiny beach with fishermen's huts), les Soux and les Vieilles.
The coast becomes gentler after Pointe des Corbeaux with a series of beaches alongside dunes dominated by marine pines and holly oak forests. Nearby, a network of wetlands is home to many protected species of birds. Rocky outcrops break the succession of beaches between Marais Salé and Ker Châlon.
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.
Ile d'Yeu is the longest island on the Atlantic coast. It takes 30 to 35 minutes to reach the island by boat from Fromentine (the nearest ferry port). It is 23 km² in size (almost 10 km long and 3.7 km wide). You need to travel 40 km to get round the whole island.