Ile d'Oléron

Bewitching natural landscapes

The Ile d'Oléron welcomes you to an exceptional natural setting

A rich and diverse environment with a preserved wild natural aspect. Discover the Ile d'Oléron and its exceptional historical heritage.

An exceptional historical heritage

Discover all the outstanding sites on the Ile d'Oléron. Visit the citadel of the Château d'Oléron, built according to the plans of Sebastien Vauban, Luis XIV's royal architect, to protect the island from the English.

Climb the 224 steps of Chassiron lighthouse (46 metres high), mythical and emblematic symbol of the island, or take an unforgettable cruise around Fort Boyard, home of the adventure game famous around the world.

The Ile d'Oléron and its varied landscapes

The Ile d'Oléron has lots of splendid beaches of fine sand calling down to the sea from majestic pine forests. These unique natural landscapes form an ideal setting to recharge your batteries.

Particularly attractive for outdoor types, the island has facilities for board sports, hiking trails and cycle paths through its pine forests and old salt marshes.

On the Chassiron side, you'll find limestone cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Discovering the island on foot or by bike, you'll be surprised by the multitude of landscapes that unfold before you.

The Ile d'Oléron, a land of traditions

Fishing is one of the traditional economic activities of the Ile d'Oléron, and the charming port of Cotinière, the biggest fishing port in Charente-Maritime, is the place to find out more. The arrival of the boats in the harbour at high tide is a spectacular sight.

Oyster farming is also a very important part of the island's economic activity, and the multicoloured huts of the oyster beds have kept their authentic appearance through the ages. The Ile d'Oléron is world famous for the "Marennes-Oléron" oysters, best served with a local white wine.

Vines are grown widely across the island. The Oléron vineyards form part of the Cognac appellation, which gives local winemakers the right to produce the famous "Pineau des Charentes" and many typical country wines.