Bridge of Noirmoutier Island

Bridge of Noirmoutier Island

Magnificent viewpoint over the Bay of Bourgneuf on one side and over the ocean and the tidal delta on the other, the bridge allowed the inhabitants and workers of the region to be independent of the tide schedules to reach or leave the island. It has paid off for a long time, as the Ile de Ré bridge still is. It spans the Fromentine gully at a place called La Fosse which is subject to strong tidal currents and sand movements ...

Bridge of Noirmoutier Island

Bridge of Noirmoutier Island

It connects the towns of Barbâtre in the south of the island of Noirmoutier to La Barre-de-Monts, on the North Vendée coast, and allows you to cross the Strait of Fromentine. Built by the Dumez company, the first stone was laid on May 12, 1969 in Fromentine and it was opened to traffic on July 7, 1971. It offers an alternative to the passage du Gois (roadway submerged at high tide, passable at low tide) .

The Gois

The Gois

The Passage du Gois is a submersible road located in the bay of Bourgneuf in Vendée. It connects the island of Noirmoutier (Barbâtre) to the mainland (Beauvoir-sur-Mer). The road is passable at low tide and is flooded at high tide. Length: 4.5 km. Water height above the road: from 1.30 meters to 4 meters depending on the coefficient of the tide.

Still much water on the Gois!

Still much water on the Gois!

It's too early or too late, who knows? In good weather and high coefficient you can cross from 1h30 before until 1h30 after the hour of low tide. In any case, it is advisable to consult the signs on either side of the Gois before any crossing ... Weather conditions may change these times given as an indication ...

Too late to enter the Gois

Too late to enter the Gois

A too late start is reckless, the sea covers the road, which risks getting bogged down and staying there. The car breaks down, the engine stalls. If this happens to you, get out of the car carefully and join one of the 9 beacons, some of which are equipped with platforms to wait for help.

The house of César et Rosalie, the movie

The house of César et Rosalie, the movie

Several films have been shot in Noirmoutier. La Foire aux femmes by Jean Stelli, shot at the Passage du Gois in 1956, Maléfices by Henri Decoin in 1962, César and Rosalie by Claude Sautet in 1972, Boy! by Claude Sautet in 1983 and most recently in 2014 Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas by Laurent Tirard.

Noirmoutier Harbour

Noirmoutier Harbour

The nautical activity is still important and makes work a whole corporation, that of the marine carpenters, sailmakers, engine and props makers, etc. In the old port of Noirmoutier there are many boats built in the traditional way by neighboring shipyards.

Noirmoutier Harbour

Noirmoutier Harbour

At low tide the boats rest on two mud banks. The activity resumes as soon as the water arrives at rising tide. Here we see the castle from the south shore of the port, where the shipyards are located.

l'Herbaudière Harbour

l'Herbaudière Harbour

In the northeast of the island, shared between the fishing port and the marina.

Jacobsen Pier

Jacobsen Pier

To explore absolutely, on foot or by bicycle, between the Müllembourg marsh and its migratory birds and the access channel to the old port of Noirmoutier en l'Île.