Campsite near the Ile de Noirmoutier
DISCOVER NOIRMOUTIER ISLAND
Located in the Vendée’s Bay of Biscay, Noirmoutier Island is known for its mild climate which makes it a great seaside destination all year round. Its main scenery comprises salt marshes, forests, dunes and beaches, protected by two national nature preserves. The island is chiefly known for its salt, which has been harvested using traditional methods for the last 1,500 years.
Although the site has been inhabited since the Lower Palaeolithic, the island’s turbulent history truly began when the monk Saint Philibert settled on it in 674 and founded a monastery. At the time, the island belonged to the lords of La Garnache, who tried in vain to protect the island from Viking invasions. Over the centuries, the island was attacked by the English, the Spanish and the Dutch, and also suffered from the ravages of the Hundred Years’ War in the 14th century and a 16th century invasion by Huguenot privateers. For a long time, it played an important role in the tobacco industry. In the 17th century, sea walls were erected, and the land was drained to create salt marshes and fields.
Noirmoutier Island is connected to the continent by a bridge 30 minutes away from Les Biches but also by a flooding road, the Gois Passage. Just 31 kilometres from our campsite in the Vendée, it is the best possible way to reach the island at low tide, a real experience in and of itself! Remember to check the tide tables before heading to the island.
TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON NOIRMOUTIER ISLAND
Noirmoutier Island is certainly worth a trip. We recommend allocating two full days to exploring it. Here are the top 10 sights and activities on Noirmoutier Island:
- See the multicoloured fish at Sealand Aquarium.
- Travel back in time at the mediaeval garden.
- Ride around the island on a bicycle.
- Learn about its maritime heritage at the House of Fish Traps and Traditional Fisheries.
- Discover the history of Noirmoutier at the Museum of Island Traditions.
- Visit the Château de Noirmoutier, a historical monument dating from the late 12th century. Still very well-preserved, this mediaeval château has an exhibition which retraces its history from the 12th to the 19th century.
- Go fishing!
- Learn about what salt workers do at the salt marshes.
- Go for a walk in the Bois de la Chaise wood.
- Marvel at the hundreds of tropical butterflies at L’Ile aux Papillons, with species from around the world. The greenhouse is kept at 26°C, so the different butterflies can flutter about in complete freedom. Here, visitors can admire the most beautiful butterflies in the world, right up close.
A CAMPSITE NEAR NOIRMOUTIER ISLAND
Are you looking for a campsite close to Noirmoutier Island? Ideally located just 30 kilometres from Noirmoutier Island (about a 30 minute drive), Les Biches is a 4-star family-friendly campsite with pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes, as well as a wide variety of holiday rentals for 2 to 8 people.
Our diverse services and amenities, including bicycles for hire, a laundry room and two dining venues, will help ensure your holiday is the best it can be at our campsite near Noirmoutier Island.
Less than 5 kilometres away from the beach, Les Biches also has a water park with two outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool, games for kids, a paddling pool and a wellness centre.
Throughout the season, guests of all ages can enjoy our evening entertainment and participate in the activities organized at the campsite. You can stay in shape by using our various sport facilities or else just relax at the spa. A kids’ club is a chance to have a ball whilst making new friends. In July and August, your little ones can learn to swim with one of our certified lifeguards or take an introductory scuba lesson. Our campsite near Noirmoutier Island even has its own escape room!
MOBILE HOME RENTALS CLOSE TO NOIRMOUTIER ISLAND
In addition to traditional camping pitches, Les Biches also offers mobile home rentals at its site near Noirmoutier Island. To ensure there is something for everyone, we offer a wide variety of rental models. Our chalets and mobile homes come in Classic, Comfort TV, Family and Prestige versions. They all have their own deck with furniture, a kitchen with all mod cons and a separate toilet and bathroom.
Adventurers and nature lovers may prefer our more unique cabins and lodges. Built to accommodate up to 8 people, our cottages and mobile homes close to Noirmoutier Island are located in the campsite’s pedestrian Family sector, an area which is as pleasant as it is safe. And if you want to be right nearby our water park, opt to rent one of our superb, fully equipped Vendée. No matter your budget, you will find the ideal holiday rental at Les Biches, our campsite close to Noirmoutier Island.