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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.
Photo gallery of Port de la Meule
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