You know the Vendée, Noirmoutier island, part III

Continuing the saga of my visit to the island of Noirmoutier last week, this is as seen the 3rd episode!

To recall their tourist office is here: http://uk.ile-noirmoutier.com/

Easy to get there south of Nantes and from there take the bus 13 here, that is from the Nantes train station if coming by the airport take the airport shuttle bus for 8,50€ to the train station then the bus 13 to Noirmoustier. By road from Nantes along the D723 direction Bouguenais ,then sucessives roads D751, D758 , D22 direction of the D38 La Guérinière turn off in traffic circle to Noirmoustier.

The island is ideal to walk and take a bike as well, nice views and beautiful seashores. On this posting I would to talk apart about the island of butterflies or île aux papillons.

This is very educational for the whole family right out of Noirmoustier direction La Guériniére on  the road D948 past the Intermarché supermarket take a right and see the signs for it. Open April,May,and September ;Mondays to Fridays from 14h to 19h and June,July, and August every day from 10h to 19h30. Admission is 8,80€ adult. Free parking and picnic area available.

The enclosed garden is kept at 26C or about 79F and see hundreds of butterflies from Guyana, Kenya, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the Philippines!  You will see the stand where they are born and kept until able to fly almost a 1000 of them.  This is claim to be the largest butterfly greenhouse in France.

There is an AC room showing a film on the life of the butterfly, as well as a boutique with souvenirs of the butterfly world and refreshments. The greenhouse has many plants attractive to butterflies such as banana trees and ponds ,one with red fish in it ,rather big lol! You ,also ,will see a section on the back with quails of China these are small chicken like animals very delicious but here they look cute ::)

More info here in French: http://www.ile-aux-papillons.com/spip.php?page=sommaire

A nice family experience and something to do after a beach day I would say.  Families with kids under 15 will enjoy it most me think. Ours are young men so it was a quick tour.

Enjoy the island living it is best and of course when in France oh là là là là là and là là!!! Cheers

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One Comment to “You know the Vendée, Noirmoutier island, part III”

  1. How lovely! We have a butterfly garden near Chichester and we used to take the young kids from the infants school I used to work for at the turn of the millennium. How time flies! We all loved it and I particularly enjoyed the near tropical temperatures they have to maintain for the butterflies to thrive. The most beautiful insect of them all! 🐝🐞🐛🐜🐌

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