The wild coast
South of the island, the wild coast spreads from the headland Pointe du But to the headland Pointe des Corbeaux. One feels and sees right away the celtic, britain or irish atmosphere. Heathland carpeted in spring with dazzling colours and many wildflowers : asphodelus, sea thrift, gorse or the wandering heather. Evidence of an agricultural life on the island, here and there, stonewalls covered by dense vegetation made of blackthorn and gorse. Part of this harmonious landscape, are the rocky headlands or promontories. Great view points from these, like on the Pointe du Châtelet or the headland de la Tranche. In between, are nestled valleys et dales, natural shelters for the seamen like for the harbour of La Meule. Gneiss cliffs are softened by erosion and shelter coves and fine sandy beaches : Belle Maison, les Fontaines, les Sabias, les Soux or les Vieilles.
Note : Most of the coast is protected by european regulation Natura 2000. The coast is classified since 1995
After the headland Point des corbeaux, the transition is stunning : a softer coast, one beach leading to another beach with behind a medley of dune flowers and grass, marrams, blue thistles and dune lilies. Forests of maritime pines and evergreen oaks overlook the dunes. And still behind another landscape, a land of marshes with its many protected birds as for example the marsh harrier. This landscape as a whole, resembles to the vendean coastline. A coastline which is not that far because one can see it when weather is clear.
Note : Please respect traffic rules (cycling trails and pedestrain trails). The coastal paths are for hikers. In summer, coast sentinels will guide and help you to adopt a environmentally friendly attitude.
Between Marais Salé and Ker Châlon, the beaches are seperated by clusters of rocks, more or less important depending on high or low tide. These beaches are perfect for families or sea activities because water is shallow, sea temperature is a bit higher and there is no or little sea drift. Ker Chalon beach was for example, the first beach to be used by swimmers in the beginning of the 20th century.
Note : this coast is threatened by erosion. Please use specific pathways. Do not glide or jump on the dunes.