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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  • August 16, 2017
    See because guides are interesting and a reminder of life at that time on the island is instructive besides the scenery is grandiose and paths as well as the walls are part of the visit
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  • August 8, 2017
    I'm not home but I had the chance to do a guided tour... really very exciting what happened on this small island and around this ruin... a must!
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  • August 2, 2017
    great ride from the train to the old castle we don't have him visit in full but will someday do rent bike or car
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  • August 25, 2017
    Too good. It is not expected to see a castle here. The tour lasts one hour and costs € 5. To a small castle is limited...
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  • July 29, 2017
    Beautiful site located on the West coast of the island of Yeu. This medieval castle is an impressive building erected on a rocky spur. Access is possible to 👣 feet or bicycle. The price of the visit of the Interior of the castle is prohibitive for a family...
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  • August 28, 2017
    Tour with a guide. Very interesting perspective of the history of Yeu and the Castle layout. I came many times to Yeu, but first visit of it. Regret not doing it sooner. For a fairly modest, it is a good plan.
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  • August 24, 2017
    Guided tour €3.50 and 1.5 for children if you visited before the great lighthouse. Very informative about the life of the island. 50 minutes of visit.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Surprising place. The castle is great. A must see! Place to be...
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