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Getting to l’Ile d’Yeu

Yeu is a small expanse of land peeking out over the surrounding Atlantic Ocean waves, so one needs to take a ferry to get there. Rest assured, ain’t no swashbuckling required as the catamaran ferry speeds to the Island in around thirty minutes. Departures are from the little town of Fromentine (Barre-de-mont), around 70km from Nantes

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Train

For those coming from afar and without a car, here are the travel options :

From Paris

For those arriving by plane, the SNCF (France’s national train company) has trains travelling from Roissy-CDG airport Terminal 2 directly to Nantes train station, or for those spending time in Paris, from Montparnasse train station to Nantes (https://www.oui.sncf/billet-train) – travel time estimated between 2 – 3.5 hrs depending on the departure train station.

From Nantes

If you are arriving at Nantes airport, there are two buses to take: a shuttle from the airport to Nantes SNCF train station (accès Sud — around 30 minutes); and then a bus to the Fromentine ferry station (Barre de Monts — around 1.25 hrs, but be careful to arrive at least 30 minutes before the boat’s departure time!).

By car

For those joining us by car, you will need to leave your car in a paid parking lot at Fromentine before taking the ferry. There are 2 options within 50 metres of the landing dock :

The Ferry

And finally, we’re ready to ferry-off to the Island! There are two companies to consider, and the ferry schedules can vary widely due to the tide. We recommend reserving your tickets long in advance (ideally at the same time the flight tickets and accommodation are booked) since the ferries at the beginning/end of the weekend are often fully-booked. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance before embarking, because the epitome of sadness is watching your ferry slowly pull-away as you sprint to the dock with your luggage!

Transport in the island

Everybody, grab your human-powered, two-wheeled machines! Know that the island, at 9km long and 4km wide, is the perfect place to perfect your bike-riding skills. There are numerous bike and electric bike rental companies in the Port when you arrive, all pretty much at similar prices.

There is also a local bus line if needed, but no one really uses it and the locals might stare.

Accomodation

Ile d’Yeu offers several choices of hotels right on the port, a few biking-minutes away from the places where the wedding is set to take place – Villa la F’nouil and La Citadelle. The island’s campground is also located closeby. You will also find cute guest and local houses on Airbnb if you’d like to breathe in some fresh ocean air for a few days. We strongly recommend you book your accommodation as-soon-as-possible.

Hotels

  • L’ATLANTIC HOTEL
    Pricing: from 95 to 120 €
  • L’ESCALE
    Pricing: 80 €
  • LE GRAND LARGE
    Pricing: from 70 to 79€
  • LES VOYAGEURS
    Pricing: from 78 to 108 €
  • L’ANSYLADE HOTEL
    Pricing: from 40 to 80 €

Municipal Campground

  • Location : 1,5 km from Port-Joinville (20 min by foot, 5 min by bike)
  • Aminities: Tent spots, 5 cottages (4-6 people), 3 equipped tents (4 people) et 1 group “gite”
  • Pricing: from 35€/night for a tent spot to 140€ for a cottage

A complete accommodation listing is available on the island’s dedicated website: https://www.yeu-island.com/

 

What to do on the island

 

We strongly recommend taking advantage of our wedding to stay a couple of days before or after to enjoy this summer paradise, an ideal place to “recharge the batteries.” Here are a couple of the must-do’s:

  • Tour the island by bicycle (or by foot for the courageous – 30km) : there are numerous paths and areas to lock your bicycle. Not-to-miss are Le port de la Meule, Le Vieux Château, Le Phare des Corbeaux or La Pointe du But !
  • Discover the island from the ocean by renting a kayak, stand-up paddle or boat (for the weekend fishermen). For the extreme sports-lovers, you can also practice your scuba-diving and surfing.
  • Lounge on the sunlit beaches – you’ll love Les Soux and Les Vieilles
  • Savor local dishes: fresh fish and seafood from that morning’s catch, Saveurs Islaises’ delicacies and obviously, the indispensable prune pie!

You’ll find all the necessary information on the office of tourism’s website : https://www.ile-yeu.fr/ 

So, what’s to do off the island?

Here are a few suggestions to discover more of the Vendée region and nearby places before or after your stay on the island:

Close by

  • Noirmoutier – a peninsula linked to Fromentine (where you’ll be heading off to l’île d’Yeu on the ferry) by bridge. A full day could involve biking around the island along the beaches (don’t miss Anse Rouge beach), discovering the famous salt pans and devouring the port’s tranquille views at the numerous cafes.
  • Puy du Fou theme park – World-renowned for its historical take on theme parks – plan for a full day + the not-to-be-missed evening show called Cinéscénie. Located at the far east end of Vendée, you can combine the trip with a visit of the “Green Venise”, a local take on a canoe ride through the Vendée swamps. Dave Brubeck might have been inspired for his “Blue Danube” classic at this very place.
  • Nantes – there are many good reasons why the regional capital deserves a visit but here are just a few: a beautiful city centre, a lively cultural scene and a unique experience called the Machines de l’île (a phantasmagorical dive into Jules Vernes’ universe that kids and grown-ups will love).
  • Les Sables d’Olonne – the starting line of the famous Vendée Globe sailing race, the seaside town makes for a great afternoon stroll (or a glamourous spa outing).
  • Pornic –Along the same lines as Les Sables d’Olonne but with an extra cachet, plan for a stop in Pornic – the seaside footpath Sentier des Douaniers makes for a beautiful hike and the town centre is the perfect spot to soak in the summer’s energetic chatter.

A little further away

For our guests looking for some vacation inspiration, here are a few destinations that are highly recommended in the Great West part of France:

  • The Loire Castles – ideal for a 2-5 day visit (cycling or riding itineraries available), get ready for a rendez-vous with one of France’s historical gems, and make sure you taste the local Loire wines!
  • Bretagne: all of Brittany definitely deserves to be on your vacation list for its beautiful cliff face landscapes, numerous hiking trails and of course its salted-butter delicacies (Kouign Amann and Palets bretons to name a few). The Pink Granite Coast, Saint Malo as well as the Crozon peninsula are must-sees. Don’t leave without a visit to the famous Mont Saint-Michel at the Bretagne/Normandie border (plan for a day).
  • Finally, if you are eager to travel around, consider heading south to La Rochelle, Bordeaux, la Dune du Pyla or the Basque country to experience some of France’s multiple famous tourist destinations…
  • Also don’t forget to swear in Québécois, they love that.

Dolling Up

Get pretty and handsome at the following locations:

Aux Ciseaux Malins
Hairdresser
4 rue de la Fourchette – 85350 L’île d’Yeu – Tél. +33 2 51 58 33 56

Duo Beauté (home visit)
Hairdresser & make-up
Elodie Rouet – Tel. +33 6 86 98 54 63

M Coiff’ (at home)
Hairdresser
Tel. +33 6 65 38 55 85

Un Nouvel’hair (at home)
Hairdresser
Adeline Traineau – Tel. +33 6 18 62 60 27

Vanes’style (at home)
Hairdresser
Tel. +33 6 65 61 23 82

Entre parenthèses
Make-up
http://www.entreparentheses-yeu.com/

Gifts

Your presence at the wedding is gift enough! We aren’t expecting anything more, but if you really insist, a contribution to the Honeymoon Fund would be welcome.

We would like to avoid cheques in Euros if possible because, despite Blockchain, the 21st century banking system still hasn’t figured out a cost-efficient way to transfer chequing Euros to Cad internationally.

Here are some other solutions:

  • An electronic transfer via our TransferWise account (for €) or using Interac (for CAD). Transferwise works just like any regular bank transfer & it’s free.
  • Using banking transfer: our French banking details can be send if asked
  • Interac: to [email protected]
  • A wedding envelope drop-off

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