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Oléron

Discover the island of Oléron

Let yourself be charmed and enchanted by the island of Oléron, nicknamed “the island 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 . Set off to discover the secrets of the island during your beautiful getaway to Oléron: the colorful cabins, the traditional fishing ports, the salt marshes, the pine forests and many others. On foot, by bike, by car or motorbike, travel the length and breadth of the island. Ask for an itinerary from your hosts who will provide you with a tour adapted 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. In the heart of the island, explore the different oyster ports and the typical wooden cabins. We will show you the best places to take part 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 Salines and many other must-see places. At the Hôtel Le Nautile, the charming hotel on the island of Oléron, we will be able to advise you on the best Oyster Route. 

The Chassiron Lighthouse

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

The Museum of the island of Oléron

With family, friends or as a couple, learn more about the island of Oléron by visiting the museum of the island of Oléron. Discover the main themes of this exceptional museum: viticulture, salt farming, gem mining, peaches, traditional costumes and housing. A meeting between the past, present and future of the island of Oléron. 

Fort Boyard

Known today for being the site of the famous game show of the same name, Fort Boyard had the primary mission of protecting the harbour of the island of 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 can discover its dungeon, its barracks, its food hall, its powder magazine or even its guardhouse. Different exhibitions are held each year to tell the story of this remarkable monument of the Marennes Basin

The port of Cotinière

The port of Cotinière is the first artisanal fishing port in the Charente Maritime. Every day, numerous fishing boats unload more than 90 species of fish such as sole, hake, line bass, monkfish, langoustines, shrimp and sardines. Discover 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 gentle way of life, its charm and its picturesqueness. Don't miss the Mimosas Festival which takes place every year in February and which perfumes the entire island.

The Bris marsh

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

The port of Salines

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

The Citadel of Château d’Oléron

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

The Bird Marsh

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

The Fort-Royer Oyster Farming Site

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

Oléronaise gastronomy

The ocean products will be in the spotlight on your plates. Taste Marennes oysters, turbot, langoustines, lobsters, sardines and bouchot mussels. Fleur de sel and 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 cabins of the port or old 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 a visit to the Cité de l'Huître, a site located on water, in Marennes, between clear waters, river and ocean. Take the discovery tour, on foot, by bike, by little train or by boat and learn more about oyster farmers, the history and farming of oysters.