Half the island is composed of salterns, so salt culture is a huge part of Noirmoutier's identity. I know you can visit some of them. Might be a good experience. You can buy salt there, and local oysters as well.
For those interested in photography, this is sthg really photogenic.
Noirmoutier has several great beaches, which are very different. From wild, duned beach Luzeronde (half nude beach, be aware) to the sophisticated Bois de la Chaise, you will find a beach adapted to what you are waiting for. From the beaches I know, here is a list of great places:
- Bois de la Chaise
- Le Vieil (where film Cesar and Rosalie was partly shot)
Have heard a lot about this restaurant recently but never been there. The cook is from Noirmoutier and makes innovative cuisine, which means he adds rare ingredients on his menu and makes unusual combinations. I have heard (but I am not sure) they make a menu "carte blanche", which means you dont know what you are going to eat, you just trust the cook. From what I have heard the food is really good. It is quite expansive for the island and very often packed. Probably one of the rare place in the island where you can try "nouvelle cuisine".
Its not a restaurant but a café.
An institution within Noirmoutier, le Café Noir (Black coffee) exists since a long time.
Its decoration is excellent: good modern design, and the staff is good.
Le Café Noir is in Noirmoutier city center, facing the small but not so pretty Noirmoutier port.
Calm and class, it hosts many kinds of people within Noirmoutier.
Favorite Dish: Havent eaten there yet.
This nightclub is more "hip" and wild, if you will, than La Boite a Sel (also an excellent nightclub). This club plays more of the new music, techno, rap, etc... while La Boite plays more 80s music etc... This nightclub has a cage and 2 poles and has an outdoor area with 2 bars. The decoration is very cool and modern, with a lounge area. If you are looking for a more crazy, less-clothes, more dirty-dancing environment, this is the place to go, while La Boite a Sel is more conservative, somewhat upscale club. During the summer at least, they have many themed nights, such as foam party, 80s night, etc... a good place to see pictures: http://www.sortir-vendee.com/membre.php3?num=102001;
Dress Code: No dress code
Its name means "salt box", in reference to the salt culture done in Noirmoutier. Even if you may consider the name a little bit cheesy, the place is absolutely not. Great location, among the salterns, and the club is really beautiful, all in white. It is the only club I have been to in Noirmoutier. I know there is another one near the entrance to the city of Noirmoutier en l'Ile.
The music in la Boite a Sel is alright. You wont discover super new music, mostly Bennassi, David Guetta, 80s discos, and classic stuff from clubs. The population is young, I mean many are under 18 and I would say the medium age is around 20. Still, you wont be the only one over 25 if you go there.
A good club if you want to go dancing in summer in a beautiful location.
Dress Code: No particular dress code I reckon.
The place is an off the beaten path place itself. Located among the salterns, a few kilometers from l'herbaudière, you can find a goat cheese farm. Never visited it but you can visit it. Have tried the goat cheese from there, which is amazing.
When going to the island, you will notice all houses are white. What you may notice is also that all shutters and doors are painted blue. This is due to the local registration that ask inhabitants to paint houses in white and blue. Probably to keep a colour homogeneity in the island. Anyway, the result is lovely.
I have heard they do the same in beautiful Ile de Ré, where houses are painted white and green.