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Beauvoir-sur-Mer is the gateway to the Marais Breton in the North-West corner of the Vendée. It is just four kilometres from the coast and is surrounded on three sides by the marshes. It is the access route to the pretty Port du Bec and the Passage du Gois, the causeway that is used to cross to the Ile Noirmoutier at low tide.

Originally on the coast, Beauvoir-sur-Mer was once a very important centre strategically and had a great fortress which was destroyed by Louis X1V, but as the sea retreated its importance diminished relying on the surrounding marshland agriculture for its livelihood. With the building of the Drogue (dike) to stop the flooding of the marshes a new industry of Aqua-culture was developed. Today the oyster farm of the Baie de Bourgneuf is a leading contributor to the local economy.

This interesting little town has an 12th century Romanesque church which was originally the chapel of a Merovingian priory founded by St Philibert, with Doric pillars which support the massive double arches of the 12th century transept and choir .It also has modern stain glassed windows, one depicting the transportation of the body of St Philbert in 836 and another depicting a scene from the Wars of the Vendée.

Port du Bec is known as port Chinois (china port) and is an enchanting little harbour on the Bais de Bourgneuf.

Passage du Gois. Is the causeway to the Ile Noirmoutier that reveals itself twice a day attracts thousands of visitors a year, not just to cross to the Island but also to venture out on to the sand flats to pick shellfish.

Restaurants in Beauvoir-sur-mer.

Creperie La Guinguette. 62 rue Henri Geoffroy. Tel. 02 51 68 75 85.
Creperie Des Halles. 12, Grande Rue.  Tel. 02 51 49 08 25.
La Belveriza. 27, route de Nantes. Tel. 02 51 49 84 43.
L'Auberge des Etiers. Route fromentine. Tel.02 51 68 75 41.
La Maree,28, rue Nantes. Tel. 02 51 68 70 39.
Le Grand Pont. Le grand pont. Tel. 02 51 93 31 03.
Le Ralais du Gois, route du Gois. Tel. 02 51 68 70 31.
Ralais des Touristes. 1 rue Gois. Tel. 02 51 55 99 57.

Bike Hire; Marais Prom'nade, La Canardiere. Tel. 06 14 01 67 78.

Camping; Camping La Fresnerie. Route de Chateauneuf. St Gervais Tel. 02 51 68 78 10.

Taxis; Taxis Blineau, 5 route Gois. Tel. 02 51 68 72 79

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