10 must-see attractions on Oléron island

A prestigious heritage our citadel located at the Château d'Oléron

Decided by Richelieu in the 17th century to protect the island, then grew and fortified by Vauban. A guided tour is organized from the castle citadel to Fort Boyard.

Fort Boyard

The Fort is established on a sandy and rocky bank of the same name built under Napoleon between 1801 and 1859. It was built to protect the embankment on the Charente and the port of Rochefort from the English. It cannot be visited since it has become a film location for a well-known TV show...!!! However, we recommend guided cruises from Boyardville and Saint-Denis d'Oléron.

The Chassiron lighthouse

Located at the northern end of the island of Oleron, the Chassiron lighthouse allows sailors to enter the waters of the Antioch pertuis. On the first floor of the lighthouse you can discover the ecomuseum the discovery of the life of the men of the coast. You can also climb the 224 steps and contemplate an exceptional panorama.

The port of La Cotinière

The port of La Cotinière, located on the Atlantic coast, is the leading artisanal fishing port in Charente-Maritime and the Aquitaine region. It is the sixth largest French port. You can come and discover the multicoloured flotillas. To discover the secrets of the port of La Cotinière, guided tours are now organised during each school holiday period and on the first Friday of each month. La Cotinière is also a multitude of shops and restaurants on the port.

The port of salines

Discover the salt marshes of the island of Oleron. It is located in the town of large beach village. The port of the saltworks, a natural setting labelled as a nature centre, aims to reveal the history of Oleron's salt-growing and the Saunier's know-how in many ways: ecomuseum, guided tours, boat trip.


With its breathtaking view of Fort Boyard from its beach, discover Boyardville and embark on a sea trip to Fort Boyard or Île d'Aix. It is also a marina, with a huge fine sandy beach and 600 ha of state-owned forest. A real seaside resort focused on water sports.

The beach of Gatseau

The beach of Gatseau located south of the island of Oléron faces the peninsula of Arvert. Bordered by a thick forest it was an authentic and wild place its location at the tip of Lille and its low exposure to the ocean makes it a safe and entertaining place where walks and relaxation will mingle with seaside activities. Its exposure to the south and the edge of the forest, well protected, makes it an ideal place for children. You can come on foot or by small train and you will leave the cars on a car park upstream.

The beach of Vert bois

The beach of Vert bois is our favorite, one of the most pleasant and located in the south of the island.

The sea meets the national forest, a wild and authentic place. A popular place for sliding sports.

Bicycle paths

The island of Oleron and the Oleron godmother basin have more than 260 km of cycle routes. Through the tides, the forests and by the sea, the tracks allow you to enjoy the diversity of the landscapes at your own pace.
To reach the Chassiron lighthouse, pedal in the middle of the Salmonards or discover the tides of the south of the island near the Château d'Oléron is possible for everyone. Accessible to the whole family.
Namely: the bicycle network is equipped with computer and directional signage available at the tourist office.

The bird marsh

Nestled in the heart of the island of Oleron in a natural area that extends over some 130 hectares. It houses a park (10 ha) for the discovery of wildlife and domestic animals for educational purposes.
The whole family can be found there from the mini farm to the wild species of our tides and elsewhere: ducks, geese, raptors...
Everything is gathered along a 1.5 km trail accessible to all.
Namely: located between the municipalities of Dolus d'Oléron and Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron, it is open every day from July 1st to August 31st.