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Situated in the middle of the Marais Breton in
the very North-West of the Vendée, this large picturesque village was
once an island (Ile de Bouing). On the 7th June 567 the island was
submerged by the high tide and all the residents were drowned. In all
the island has been submerged over 40 times, the last time being in
1940. Since the construction of fourteen kilometres of dykes some
three kilometres out into the Baie de Bourgneuf the sea has been
kept at bay. The sea was not the only invader of the Ile de Bouin, as
the Vikings invaded the island in 813.
The village was made prosperous by the production of salt and the many
grand houses of the village bear witness to this prosperity.
The building of the dykes made it possible to exploit the rich fishing
ground of the Baie de Bourgneuf and in particular the mussel and oyster
beds. The creation of the Ports de Bec, Port des Champs and port Les
Bouchets enabled the creation of oyster farms behind the dykes.
The Plaque on the Eglise-Notre-Dame-de-Bouin around which the village is
centred refers to the massacre of eighty five people, which included 65
women, who had sought refuge on the stairs to the bell tower on the 6th
December 1795 during the Wars of the Vendée.
Port du Bec.
(Chinese port) And Port de Champs are colourful and lively fishing
harbours where the wooden jetties supported on long poles driven into
the muddy channel have brightly coloured fishing boats moored to them.
On the land side of the harbours are the sluices to control the water
level, at low tide the water rushes down past the boats on its way to
the sea, and at high water the ports are lively with returning fishing
is similar to Port de Bec and Port de Champs except here the wooden
poles have mainly been replaced with modern concrete structures making
it a modern, easy to run and maintain port. Though it may have lost some
of the old world charm of the other ports it has been replaced with
structures that are sympathetic and pleasing to the eye and in
many ways a visual improvement on the original.
Auberge du Jaunay. Le Jaunay. Tel. 02 51 49 12 11.
L'Ecume Gourmande, 15, rue Pays de Monts. Tel. 02 51 68 64 65.
La Pecherie. Route Bourgneuf. Tel. 02 51 68 69 14.
Camping; Ferme Auberge du Jaunay. 6 Emplacements. Le Jaunay. Tel. 02 51 49 12 11.
Photo Gallery of Bouin
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