Le Hameau de l’Océan holiday park is 30 km away from the island of Yeu by sea. The ferries leave Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and transport you to one of France’s most beautiful islands on the Atlantic seaboard of the Vendée. It may be only 23 km² in size, but the island offers a series of contrasting landscapes: long sandy beaches with dune systems, little creeks entering the sea beneath jagged cliffs, trails that meander between dune and marsh, a tapestry of farmland interspersed with willow and blackthorn, and traditional cottages sporting their red clay roofs and colourful shutters.
When you arrive on the island of Yeu, your first stop will be Port Joinville, the main port and home to half of the inhabitants. Before the 20th century, Port Joinville consisted of a small natural harbour protected by two stone piers known as Port and Breton. Today the town is a modern fishing port and marina. For manys a year it was the number one tuna port along the Atlantic coast, and fishing represented the island’s main source of income. Nowadays, the locals make their living from the tourist trade.
The second largest town on the island of Yeu is Saint Sauveur. It used to be the island’s market town and is characterized by a parish church which is currently being restored. Four kilometres south of Port Joinville sits the magnificent port of La Meule, nestled between two cliffs. In olden times, this port was extremely vulnerable to the ravages of oncoming storms, but the addition of a sea wall has brought a sense of safety and calm. As you travel along the coast, you’ll notice the old castle, and as you make you way back to the port, you’ll pass the southernmost tip of the island: Pointe des Corbeaux
The most appropriate mode of transport for taking in the island’s beauty spots is the bicycle. Bike hire shops are available on the island.
During your stay with us at Le Hameau de l’Océan holiday park, think about taking a trip to the island of Yeu. It’s a great day out for all the family. Wonderful scenery and wonderful history makes a wonderful experience.
We have island of Yeu ferry tickets on sale at a reduced price for our customers. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, book your stay at Le Hameau de l’Océan holiday park right now or call us on 0033 251 559 200.