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Office de tourisme de L'Ile de Noirmoutier
Rte du Pont-Barbatre Noirmoutier-en-I'lle

Tel:+33 (0)2 51 39 80 71
Fax:+33 (0)2 51 39 53 16

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Noirmoutier is the capital of the island and a pretty whitewashed town which runs parallel to the canal-port. 

It has a 12th-century castle which houses a couple of museums of local history and fine art and the Eglise St-Philbert - a former Benedictine abbey with Romanesque crypt. 

Noirmoutier is certainly the hub of all island life with piano bars, cafes and restaurants extending well beyond normal opening hours.   

It's also a great base for exploring the island with its fine sandy beaches on the west coast and secluded bays and creeks to the north.  The north coast also boasts dunes backed by maritime pines and windmills and grows huge quantities of the flower mimosa for export.  Inland you'll find salt-marshes and Dutch polders encircled by dykes.  A tour of one of the island's salt producers is a must-see! 

What to See - Noirmoutier-en-I'lle Attractions

Observatoire d'Oiseaux de L'ile-d'Olonne
on D38 N of Les Sables d'Olonne, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
overlooking the marshes lies a first-class bird sanctuary
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 33 12 97

La Gueriniere
place de L'eglise, Noirmoutier-en-I'lle 85330
an insight into local customs and traditions in the late 19th-century
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 39 41 39

Musee de la Construction Navale
rue de l'ecluse, Noirmoutier-en-I'lle 85330
traditional boat building techniques displayed here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 39 24 00

Aquarium Sealand
Le vieux port, Noirmoutier-en-I'lle 85330
local and tropical sea life in underwater caverns and sunken ships
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 39 08 11

Musee de L'Abbaye Ste-Croix
R de Verdun, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
an old Benedictine abbey now home to a cultural centre with contemporary and local art collections
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Mons | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 32 01 16

place d'Arme, Noirmoutier-en-I'lle 85330
a 15th-century chateau containing fine art, local maritime artefacts and archaeological finds
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Feb-Nov:daily but not Tue | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 39 10 42