plages de noirmoutier

7 KM OF FINE SAND

THE WARMEST WATER FOR SWIMMING ON THE ISLAND

When you arrive on Noirmoutier Island, the west coast unfolds before your eyes. The biggest beach on the island extends along 7 kilometres, straddling the villages of Barbâtre and La Guérinière.

SWIMMING AND INVIGORATING LONG WALKS

Flanked by a remarkable strip of dunes and a beautiful national forest, this large, 7 km long beach is conducive to invigorating long walks and to the joys of swimming and water sports. The preserved coastline has several access ways by car, but above all, multiple pedestrian paths. There is so much space that, even in the high season, you need only walk a few hundred metres to take advantage of the joys of the beach without feeling overcrowded.

The beach is made only of fine sand, sloping gently into the sea. This natural configuration makes the swimming here safer, with very little in the way of a current and gradually increasing depth. The temperature of the water is almost always higher (by about 3°C) than on the east coast of the island...

7 km de plage de sable fin - Alexandre Lamoureux

7 km de plage de sable fin - Alexandre Lamoureux

A FANTASTIC PLAYING GROUND

Facing due west, the beach is buffeted by the dominant winds of the Atlantic Ocean. It makes for a fantastic playing ground for lovers of water-based activities. As soon as the wind picks up, fans of sailing, windsurfing, land yachting and kitesurfing flock to the best spots!

 

sailing school in Barbâtre - Hissez-haut

land yachting school - Sel ton char

kitesurfing school - Mouvn'kite

 

At low tide, on high tidal coefficient days, many amateur shrimpers armed with their nets meet on this beach to share a fun experience together. Enjoy a day of shellfish digging and discover all the best spots. But first, learn some tips and the basic rules for a sustainable catch.

 

learn more about shellfish digging

7 km de plage de sable fin - Jean-Sébastien Evrard

Initiation au kitesurf à Barbâtre - Jean-Sébastien Evrard

Cours d'optimist île de Noirmoutier - Jean-Sébastien Evrard

Cours d'optimist - Ecole de voile de Barbâtre - Jean-Sébastien Evrard

BEACHES IN BARBÂTRE AND LA GUÉRINIÈRE

Plage de Barbâtre - Alexandre Lamoureux

Barbâtre

Run along the trip of dunes bordered by a forest of maritime pines. Whether you opt for the Plage des Boucholeurs, the Plage de l’Océan or the Plage du Midi, you will have 7 km of pure, invigorating air to refresh your body and mind! Those beaches are the perfect place for water sports, summer escapades and swimming.

 

all the island's beaches

Plage de La Guérinière - Alexandre Lamoureux

La Guérinière

The beaches in La Guérinière boast an amazing view of the southern part of the island. Shaped like a cove, they showcase history and heritage through the mills on the Plage de la Court and the blockhouses of the Plage de la Cantine. A causeway runs alongside the Plage de la Cantine. At the base of the residence Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, the low tide reveals the fish locks.

all the beaches on noirmoutier island

Balade dans les pins - Jean-Sébastien Evrard

Balade dans les pins - Jean-Sébastien Evrard

WEST COAST OF THE ISLAND IN PICTURES