Visit of Oleron Island
Come and discover the colored oyster cabins and the Vauban citadel, a 17th century vestige, classified as a historical monument and overlooking the port of Château-d’Oléron.
Climb to the top of the lighthouse of Chassiron and sail to the island of Aix via Fort Boyard without forgetting to pass by the fishing port of La Cotinière and its famous fish market. Finally the fine sand beaches invite you to swim and relax while the numerous hiking trails will make you discover our coasts and state forests.
Oleron Island is the largest French island on the Atlantic coast. It is also called ‘La lumineuse’ known for its wonderful sandy beaches and for its natural environment rich in fauna and flora. It is also home to several communes, each one as charming as the next. If you wish to visit the 10 must-sees of the Ile d’Oléron, here are the towns that you will be able to discover during your vacations in our camping Ile d’Oléron 3 stars.
The Big Village Beach
Small seaside resort, Le Grand-Village-Plage attracts with its large beach of fine sand and its salt marsh with its typical Port des Salines. The nature pole of the Port des Salines is dedicated to salt farming.
Located in the southern part of the island, Saint-Trojan-les-Bains is in the heart of a vast pine forest. This city is one of the main seaside resorts of the island. Nature and well-being characterize this resort. The site of the Pointe de Gatseau, a true natural setting, remains one of the must-see sites of the island, rich in fauna and flora. Next to this beach with wild paces, you will be able to enjoy the only Thalasso of the island, calm and restful.
You can also discover this state-owned forest by bike or by small train on rail. A real pleasure for children. Also every year don’t miss the mimosa festival. (cancelled in 2021 because of COVID)
Main city of the island with a large business area, including the main hypermarkets. It benefits from a double seafront on the Atlantic Ocean to the west and on the rocade des Basques to the east. Dolus-d’Oléron is divided between woods, tides and culture, it benefits from several beaches, some of which are dedicated to surf sports. “Our favorite is that of Vert-Bois”.
Located in front of Fort Boyard this place is known for its marina from where many cruise ships depart in the direction of La Rochelle among others. Privileged place for families bordered by beautiful beaches and the beautiful salmon forest.
Main town of the island of Oleron often considered as the capital, it is endowed with important economic and commercial activities such as numerous hypermarkets.
Its partly pedestrian historical center is structured around a few emblematic monuments such as the church of Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron, the lantern of the dead and the house of the ancestors where the writer Pierre Loti rests.
You will not fail to contemplate the multicolored flotilla before the auction, at the fishing port la cotinière.
Situated away from the main axis of the island, the village of Saint-Georges-d’Oléron deserves that we stop there to let ourselves go to the liking of the alleys, the covered market and its Romanesque church. The town has a multitude of typical villages such as Boyardville, a must on the island, Chaucre, Domino and the Vignier sands bordering beautiful beaches on the ocean side. Le Douhet where its port is located.
La Brée-les-Bains is a recent commune (1953) with an authentic charm, seaside resort, bathing in the Antioch pertuis and facing the Ile de Ré and La Rochelle. It is a real haven of peace between marshes and colorful alleys. At the entrance of the village, you won’t miss the 15th century Moulin de La Fontaine, one of the best preserved on the Ile d’Oléron.
Saint-Denis-d’Oléron is an exceptional environment where nature, authenticity and leisure activities are mixed. In this commune, the northernmost of the island, you will enjoy various leisure activities in a natural setting. The sheltered beach of La Boirie is ideal for a family swim. The more sporty will find their happiness at the beach of the Huttes, in fishing parties or through the bicycle paths along the coast. You can also take the opportunity to walk around the marina of Plaisance or take one of the daily cruises.
You will also come to discover our other favorite of the island, the lighthouse at the end of the world, the majestic lighthouse of Chassiron dominating the Antioche pertuis and offering an unforgettable view from the top of its 46 meters.