Pont de Sireul – Île de Noirmoutier
Thuesday to Friday 16.08. to 19.08.2016
Being quiet a long drive from the Charente to the ferry port at Cherbourg (600km), we decided to split it by spending a few days at the sea. So I trawled the internet to find a suitable location.
As sure as hell, once a year I have to fall into some marketing trap. Words like: “The forgotten gem, pearl of the Atlantic, secret seaside and devoid of tourists” made me gravitate towards the Île de Noirmoutier.
So we load up the boat, get everything to a roadworthy state and drive 300 km to La Guérinière on said island. A campsite had been pre-booked. Its name will not be disclosed. It is so dire, that it doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned as a warning.
And so it begins. The actual drive is swift and without problems, until we get near the bridge that connects the island with the mainland. Already at a distance of 20 km all the roads and the villages are chockablock with cars. So them last 20 km take another hour. This should be a warning, but “devoid of tourists” was promised, so sure they all want to get somewhere else. At least its “secret”, so nobody can know, right? Wrong! Within the first 30 minutes on the island we have seen more people than in the last three weeks.
We find the campsite, pitch up and decide to drive to the town of Noirmoutier itself. You would expect the Stones would be playing here tonight. But enough of it, I fell to it, my fault, just don’t say I haven’t warned you.
But also there are some nice things about Noirmoutier . Nice boats.
Today the Gois gives peolpe the chance to take the car, when you want to do peche a pied. Like taking the car to the fitness centre.
Needless to say, that full-moon harvested, vegan, gluten and sodium free fleur de sel is offered at every corner at special tourist prices.
But at least the staff at sel-ton-char were very friendly and squeezed us into their already full schedule. Thus the lad had his first go on land yachting. And very well he did.
From here all that is left, is the usual drive to Cherbourg, the ferry to Rosslare and the last leg home.
Thanks for staying with my ramblings. There might be a few updates until summer and then it will be back to France again. This time most likely on the Saône.
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