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Vieux-Château, Ile d'Yeu

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Olivier IV de Clisson built Vieux-Château to protect the peaceful islanders from foreign invasion, but it didn’t stop the pirate (according to the French) Robert Knolles from occupying the island for 37 years. The remains of the fortress still bear a sinister look against the backdrop of the sea. You can almost imagine the stalwart Sir Robert pacing along the battlements and stopping to gaze at the water. You aren’t the first to be inspired by the castle’s location, it also served as inspiration for "Herge" in the "Adventures of Tintin" comic book series. Before you head to Ile d'Yeu, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ile d'Yeu itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Ile d'Yeu has to offer, including Vieux-Château.
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  • We were looking forward to it but the castle was closed as some walking path fell down a few days before our visit.. we will be back and hopefully it will be safe to see.  more »
  • Rode the #1 bus from Port Joinville to Sabias and walked to the Chateau. Great experience with an English guidebook to help. Then we walked to La Muele Port, had lunch and rode the #2 back. Great day.  more »
  • The sheer scale of this just hanging in the ocean is beautiful. Walking around it is a little bit rocky so beware.  more »
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  • Nice place discover 5 euros the guided tour c is somewhat abused.
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  • Old Castle, built in the 14th century, is located on a steep rock and isolated from the shore... he does not remember the building found on the cover of the album Tintin "The Black island", it seems that Hergé was inspired... it's a great ride and picnic site with its landscaped surroundings. Guided tour of the fortress recalls the military architecture of the 14th to the 17th century and the conditions of life on an island under the former regime.
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  • Very nice, this castle ruins give a side very mystical in this place
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  • Very nice view
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  • A unique place that brings us into questions about its history, its construction, and especially a view to cut blow worthy of this beautiful wild coast of the island of Yeu
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