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Noirmoutier.As with most islands the ile de Noirmoutier has a varied collection
of beaches from the pretty Plage de Dames to the plage d'Or. Many are in small
picturesque coves with boats moored off others are long stretches of
sand backed by dunes.
The island is often called a displaced mediterranean
island, this is due to the many whitewashed cottages and buildings, the cuisine
which is maritime and fresh and a landscape that is vibrant and vivid. It is a
very flat island (max 22m) with most just a few meters above sea level.
island is like a figure 8 with the top part having the smaller beaches and coves
with a rocky outcrops while the western side of the lower part being
almost one continuous beach.
Below are a list of the main
Plages Les Sableaux. This is the main beach for the town
of Noirmoutier en l'ile.
Plage des Dames. Probably the best known
and photographed beach on the island, so called because it was frequented in
Victorian days by the ladies of the big houses that are to be found in the Bois
de la Chaize which surround this beach. The beach huts, lighthouse and jetty all
lead to it's charm.
Plage de Souzeaux. A pretty cove with good
sandy beach bounded by rocks. Not the easiest place to find a parking space so
be prepared to walk.
Plages de la Clere. A long cove on the north
east side of the island, it contains several entrances all of which are given
names but the biggest is at Le Grand Vieil a small village with facilities and
Le Petite Vieil. Just around the corner from le grand
Vieil this charming cove with cottages and pine trees close to the sands and
small boats moored off is well sheltered from all but northerly
La Madeleine A small village on the north of the island
with beach running out to the pointe des charnier.
La Blanche a
pretty cove on the north end of Noirmoutier with cottage close to the beach on
the eastern end and backed by the bois de la blanche to the west. Behind the
beach is the ancient abbey la Blanche,
Les Conches des
Normands.The beaches of the town of La Liniere. A long beach that runs to
the east of the harbour.
Plages de Lazeronde. Situated on the north west
corner of the island. There is parking on either end with boat ramps. The beach
is backed by sand dunes and forest to the north and dunes with the salt marshes
to the south.
Areas towards the center of the beach are used by
Plage de la Bosse. The beach starts at the port de Morin and
runs south. Backed by dunes and pin trees.
Plage de Eloux, pleasant beach with dunes and forest
Pages des Sables d'Or The start of the long beach that
continues down to the tip of the island the northern end has access amongst the
houses further south there is a track through the dunes.
Midi. As the name suggest this is the middle section of the long beach
south.There as several parking areas and boat launching facilities. The beach
serves the commune of Barbatre.
La Fosse. The final beach
before the bridge
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