5 things to see is a must on the island of Yeu
1. Port Joinville
The Port of Pleasure Joinville welcomes boats throughout the year. The pier that extends to the entrance to the port is favourable for beautiful walks. The quays are very lively with their various shops: clothing shop, gift shop, bars and restaurants. Not far from the port, you can discover during a short walk flower-like houses and wild coves. At sunset, the light offers an incredible view.
2. The Old Castle
Set on a rocky outcrop, the Old Castle has withstood numerous onslaughts. It is a witness to the island’s historical past. The castle cove remains one of the few refuges on the wild coast against the upstream winds.
Around its central courtyard of the fortress are grouped the buildings that housed the daily life of its defenders. The remains of a kitchen, a bakery, houses and a forge can still be found here.
Guided tours are often organised. You will have a real overview of a military architecture from the 14th to the 17th century as well as the defense of such a building.
3. The Port-de-la-Meule
The port is located in a cove between two cliffs covered with moorland. On the hill stands a small white chapel, the Chapel of Our Lady of Good News, protector of the sailors who dominates the site. It was built around 1040 by the monks established on the island. Even today, sailors come on pilgrimage on Easter Monday and August 15.
The scenery is breathtaking with the colorful little fishermen’s huts. There are also dive clubs and small fishing boats. Theisland of Yeu has many restaurants where you can quietly quench your thirst and taste the local specialties.
4. The Point of Goal
Accessible by car, bike or on foot, the Pointe du goal offers a wild landscape with often a lot of wind. The site offers a magnificent view of the sea. On the tip, there is a succession of small sandy beaches dubbed The Goal Beaches.
In the far west of the island, Pointe du But is home to a small building, erected facing the sea. The building once housed a foghorn. You will also discover on the island, the ruins of an ancient semaphore destroyed in 1944. Not far from the tip of the Goal is a kind of natural maritime signage for navigators. It is a set of white stones composed of very hard quartz.
In front of the lighthouse, the extreme tip is ideal for admiring beautiful sunsets. The view is just magical.
5. The Slice Point
What to do in the Vendée? Here, the answer is found for scuba diving enthusiasts. The Pointe de la Trancheis the ideal place for the most beautifuldives. The rocky coast offers one of the most beautiful views of the island. The Slice is located in the heart of the Wild Coast. You can see the creek of fountains which offers a natural shelter with a permanent calm. It’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries and reconnect with nature. Nature lovers will be able to enjoy it to the fullest.
On the island of Yeu, you will have plenty to spend your days on. Tourist tours, water activities, outdoor activities, horseback riding,tennis, circus, children’s leisure centre, cinema, playground, there are some for young and old.
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