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Port de la Meule

On the west coast of the Ile d'Yeu amongst the rugged cliffs of the 'Cote Savage' this pretty little harbour is one of only two refuges on the west coast of the island and from here the brightly coloured fishing boats set forth to harvest the crabs and lobsters of the rocky shoals off shore.
It is from this port that not only fishing boats leave but also the divers boats, as off shore are the best diving ground in the Vendee and the island attracts enthusiast to explore the treasures of the underwater world including many wrecks.
Keeping watch over the Harbour is the small chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle. This is the oldest chapel on the island, it thought to date from1040 and was mentioned by the navigator Henry Gracie as being there in the 15th century.  Every year at Easter and on the 15th August the fishermen make a pilgrimage up to the chapel to give thanks for their safe return.The striking blues of the modern stain glass windows throw their light over the bare white walls. The views from here are spectacular.

From the port you can take the track up to the Neolithic "Pierre Tremblante" or trembling stone and it is said that it will move if presses in the correct place.
The little port is a busy place during the season with the tourist buses dropping off their clients to take in the sights. The port has the only restaurant outside of Port Joinville and as there is virtually no other form of refreshment around it very busy.
As short walk north is the Vieux Chateau and walking is the best way to see this part of the island.

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