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Discover the island of Oléron

The island of Oléron, a land of diversity and captivating natural landscapes

The island of Oléron welcomes you to an exceptional natural setting. Its land is rich and full of diversity. Its natural wilderness is both pristine and unspoiled.

Discover the island of Oléron and its exceptional historical heritage.

Discover the exceptional sites that adorn the island of Oléron. Explore the citadel of Oléron Castle, built according to a design by Vauban, or visit the lantern of the dead in Saint-Pierre d'Oléron, which dates from the twelfth century and is the highest in France.

Climb the 224 steps of the Chassiron lighthouse (46 meters high), which is both mythical and emblematic of the island, and treat yourself to an unforgettable cruise around the nationally-famous Fort Boyard.

The island of Oléron "the island of light" and its natural scenery.

The island of Oléron is also home to beautiful sandy beaches bordering majestic pine forests. This unique natural scenery offers the perfect setting in which to relax and for sports such as hiking or surfing.

On the Chassiron side you will find limestone cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Discover the island on foot or by bike, you will be surprised by the variety of landscapes available to you.

The island of Oléron is also a land of traditions.

The iconic activities of the island of Oléron include fishing, as shown in the charming port of La Cotinière, the premier fishing port in the Charente-Maritime. The arrival of the ships into port at high tide is spectacular. Oyster farming is also a very important economic activity on the island, where the colourful oyster-hut sites have retained their authentic appearance. The island of Oléron is world famous for its oysters with the appellation "Marennes-Oléron" to be enjoyed without moderation.

In terms of sports, the island charms skiers and snowboarders, as much as hikers and cyclists who can marvel at its forests of pines and ancient salt marshes.

Viticulture still practiced on the island. The Oléron vineyard appellation is "Cognac" and allows local winemakers to develop the famous "Pineau des Charentes" as well as a typical local wine.

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