Attraction in the Vendee.
reserve of the Pointe-du-Payre is not only one of the most picturesque places to
visit in the Vendee, it is also of great interest geologically and as a pristine
It is reached from the car park to the plage de Mines which is
at the end of the road from Jard sur
Mer sign posted to the Abbay Lieu-Dieu which is about half a kilometer
before on the right.
The walk through the woods of Holm oak has several
branches off to the right to the cliffs, there has attempts to stop visiters
from getting to the cliffs but most are in bad repair. There is a well trodden
footpath around the cliffs, great care should be taken as they are fragile and
made up on loss stones and sand over harder rock. The cliffs here are of great
interest to geologists and students come from many parts to study the unusual
make up of the rocks from Jurassique period.
spit that reaches out from the Plage
de Veillon near Port
Bourgenay causes the River Payre to meander its way back to the port
de Guittiere. All of the inner reaches of the river are used for the culture and
production of oysters and the trays of maturing oyster can be seen on racks
moored to the bed of the river.
From the point it is possible at low tide to
walk along the glorious beaches and coves that make up the south side of the
river, there is no marked paths through the woods,except for an uninteresting
service track so you will need to retrace your journey back to the point.
all from the car park to the port de Guittiere is about 12kms which will take a
good 3 hours walk so if you are going to attempt it take some
The Plage de
Mines is a popular beach during the season and has refreshments and survailence.
And there are great walks through the woods back towards
of the Pointe-du-Payre