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Oléron

Discover the island of Oléron

Let yourself be charmed and bewitched by the Ile d'Oléron, nicknamed "the Isle of Light". You will not have time to get bored on this island of a thousand flavors and scents, which perfectly combines pleasure, charm and authenticity. Discover the secrets of the island during your beautiful escape to Oléron: colorful cabins, traditional fishing ports, salt marshes, pine forests and many more. On foot, by bicycle, by car or by motorbike, travel the island up and down and across. Ask your hosts for an itinerary who will provide you with a circuit suited to your desires and needs.

The Oyster Route

Between the Château d'Oléron and Boyardville, discover the Route des Huîtres and its marvelous landscapes associated with oyster farming. At the heart of the island, explore the various oyster-farming ports and typical wooden cabins. We will show you the best places to participate in an excellent tasting of the island's oysters. Explore the island to discover St Trojan les Bains, l'Ors, la Chevalerie, the port of Les Salines and many other unmissable places. At the Hotel Le Nautile, the charming hotel on the Ile d'Oléron, we will be able to advise you on the best Route des Huîtres.

The Chassiron Lighthouse

From its height of 46 meters and its 224 steps, the Lighthouse of Chassiron offers a superb panorama of the Ile d'Oléron, the Ile de Ré, La Rochelle and the Atlantic Ocean. During your visit to the Lighthouse of Chassiron, you will appreciate discovering the Museum, but also the superb flower garden.

The Ile d'Oléron Museum

With family, friends or as a couple, learn more about the island of Oléron by visiting the museum on the island of Oléron. Discover the main themes of this exceptional museum: viticulture, salt farming, gemmage, fishing, traditional costumes and habitat. A meeting between the past, the present and the future of the Ile d'Oléron.

Fort Boyard

Known today as the site of the famous television game show of the same name, Fort Boyard's primary mission was to protect the harbor of Île d'Aix and the royal arsenal of Rochefort, during its construction in the 17th century. During a boat trip, you can get as close as possible to this exceptional fort.

Fort Louvois

The little brother of Fort Boyard can be visited all year round. You will be able to discover its dungeon, its barracks, its food hall, its powder magazine or its guardhouse. Different exhibitions are held each year to tell the story of this remarkable monument in the Marennes Basin.

The port of La Cotinière

The port of Cotinière is the first artisanal fishing port in Charente Maritime. Every day many fishing boats unload more than 90 species of fish such as sole, hake, line bass, monkfish, scampi, shrimp and sardines. Check out these brightly colored trawlers.

The town of Saint-Trojan-les-Bains

This former fishing village has become, over time, the favorite vacation spot on the island of Oléron. You will appreciate its sweetness of life, its charm and its picturesque. Do not miss the Mimosas festival which takes place every year in February and which perfumes the whole island.

The Bris Marshes

Explore the Bris Marshes and its diverse landscapes made up of soft and salty wetlands, reed beds, meadows and woods. You will discover many species of birds and a remarkable population of orchids. Delight your senses on a walk in the Marais des Bris.

The port of Les Salines

This place labeled Pôle Nature reveals all the history and know-how of salt farming in Oléron. To better understand this ecosystem, you can visit the ecomuseum or rent a boat. Discover the special atmosphere of this oyster-farming village, located just 3 kilometers from our quiet hotel on the island of Oléron.

The Citadel of the Château d'Oléron

A true architectural masterpiece, the Citadel of the Château d'Oléron was built in 1630. Located to the east of the castle of Aliénor d'Aquitaine, this citadel was supposed to protect the southern part of the island of Oléron. Today, you will find guided tours, cultural events, a jazz café and nightly illuminations.

The Bird Marsh

At the heart of the island, straddling the town of Dolus d'Oléron and Saint-Pierre, is a natural area, about 50 hectares of woods, bordered by old marshes. This discovery park allows you to understand the local fauna and take care of several hundred birds each year. Immerse yourself in the world of birds and other marsh dwellers.

The Fort-Royer Oyster Site

This nature reserve is home to hundreds of birds and an important flora. On the Fort-Royer Ostréicole Site, you will find an oyster-farming sector shaped by man with superb colorful huts, but also a muddy foreshore partly covered with oyster beds and evolving dune formations.

Oleron gastronomy

Ocean products will be in the spotlight on your plates. Taste Marennes oysters, turbots, langoustines, lobsters, sardines and bouchot mussels. Fleur de sel and the wines grown on the island will also be in the spotlight, during your meals in the restaurants of the island of Oléron.

The village of inspiration for painters

The island of Oléron is a source of inspiration for many artists. These breathtaking landscapes offer superb palettes of landscapes with changing atmospheres. Certain spaces in Saint-Trojan, such as the multicolored huts of the port or former postal sorting rooms, have become workshops and places for artists' exhibitions.

The city of the oyster

Discover the oyster and oyster farming in a different way, during the visit of the Cité de l'Huître, a site on the water, in Marennes, between clears, river and ocean. Take the discovery trail, on foot, by bike, by little train or by boat and learn more about oyster farmers, the history and oyster farming.