The island of Oléron

Discover the luminous island

Oleron Island is the largest French island on the Atlantic coast. Located in Charente-Maritime between La Rochelle and Royan, the island is connected to the mainland by a toll-free bridge along 3 kilometers. Celebrated by Pierre Loti, who nicknamed it "Oléron, the luminous", the island has a high rate of sunshine throughout the year.

With 30 km long and 8 km in its widest width, the island of Oleron has an area of 174 km2. It has 21,000 inhabitants year round. Its capital is the town of Saint-Pierre d'Oleron located in the center of the island with its famous fishing port La Cotinière.

The forest and the beaches

The holidaymaker enjoys a wide network of bike lanes that allows you to discover the whole island. The cycle tracks follow the coastline that leads to the beaches and join the villages through vineyards and salt marshes .

The forest of Saint-TrojanIt stretches to the guest house and offers beautiful walks through the massif consisting mainly of maritime pines and holm oaks. You can borrow on foot, the Écuissière pass to reach the first beach closest to the house.

A little further south, the Bois Vert beach in Dolus remains one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Oléron. It is a wild place perfect for nature lovers. It is easily accessible by bike from Les Naiades guest house.

In the direction of the port of La Cotinière, the beach of Rémigeasse , more family, is the only beach of Dolus which is supervised in summer.

Oyster huts

Oléron is above all the country of the oyster. Do not miss the natural oyster farm of Fort Royer which has preserved all its authenticity.

The oyster channel of La Baudissière in Dolus d'Oléron reveals ancient colored cabins converted into an art workshop. It is also found at the oyster port of Château d'Oléron crossed by the bridge of dreams where you can write a wish in an oyster shell.

The villages of the island of Oléron

The guest house is located in the town of Dolus d'Oléron. The village is home to a small market town around Grande-Rue, the historic thoroughfare of the city center. Theslate theater in the heart of the marsh presents a cultural program throughout the summer in an atypical site.

The liveliest villages throughout the year are Saint-Pierre d'Oléron with its long pedestrian and shopping street as well as the Château d'Oléron , famous for its Vauban citadel and its village of craftsmen.

The marinas of Boyardville and Saint-Denis d'Oléron offer many possibilities for cruises around Fort Boyard and the island of Aix.

To the north, Saint-Georges d'Oléron, the largest town, retains the oldest villages on the island. Sauzelle, Chaucre and Domino unveil a traditional architecture typical of Oléron dwellings until the 19th century.

Very close to our house, the new interpretation center of the Maison éco paysanne in Grand-Village provides a better understanding of the built heritage of the island of Oléron.

On the southern tip of the island, Saint-Trojan-les-Bains stands out for its seaside architecture with its Belle-Époque villas bordering the seafront.