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Brief overview of the island

The island of Yeu, which became a permanent island around 5000 BC, concentrates in just 23 km2 a diversity of landscapes : long sandy beaches and dunes held with the help of coniferous woods ; a wild coast with its proud cliffs, embracing golden sandy coves ; barren moors where sea thrifts shiver under the wind ; sunken roads crossing anticlinal valleys or skirting cliffs ; marsh and “bocage” countryside and its numerous parcels where houses with low tiled roofs and colourful shutters are snuggled behind the foliage of willows and sloe trees. 

  

Known for a long time as the 1sttuna fishing port of the Atlantic coast, the island has still a very active fishing sector. From the piers are discharged many fish : sea bass, monk fish, hake, sole, turbot, sea bream and others, not forgetting different kinds of shellfish. 

With its 5000 inhabitants of which a quarter are under 25, the island of Yeu stays a highly welcoming and alive island, strongly caught by this sea fever which impress all, and sea lovers, when stopping over, even if just for a day. 

As it is said here “Oya deux jours, Oya toujours” (“Oya a day, Oya forever”) 

  

Facts and Figures

Surface area: 

23 square km (L= 9.875 km ; l = 3.750 km), 60 km perimeter, 10km from the headland Pointe du But to the headland Pointe des Corbeaux and 4.5 km from Port Joinville to La Meule. 

Maximum Altitude : 32 m / average altitude : 9 m 

Coast distance : 

Yeu > Fromentine : 25 km / Yeu > St Gilles Croix de Vie : 31.5 km / Yeu > St Jean de Monts : 22.8 km / Yeu > Les Sables d’Olonne : 47.8 km 

Population : 

4 712 inhabitants (2014 census data) / Population density : 204,8 

Students : 822 (on the island : 520 / on the mainland : 302) 

Demography en 2014 

Births : 30 / Deaths : 59 / marriages : 35 

Local authority 

1 commune canton (townhall) / 26 municipal councillors / 1 maire + 7 adjoints (1 mayor + 7 deputy mayors) / 1 councillor for the regional administrative authority 

Homes (source INSEE 2012) 

Main homes : around 2 123  / summer homes : around 3 288 

Water supply 

18 km water pipe built in 1961. Water comes from a dam located in Vendée, Apremont. Water is stored in two water tanks and one water tower. Water volume : 7 000 m3. 

Power supply 

3  submarine cables (tension 20000 volts). 6000 subscribers. Cables operate from St jean de Monts