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Discover the wealth of the Isle of’Oleron
in Charente Maritime, near La Rochelle
The Charente-Maritime is the perfect destination for a combination of natural and cultural heritage by the sea! With its must-see sites and outings, such as Fort Boyard, its islands, La Rochelle, its beaches, its towns steeped in history, its cycle paths and its culinary specialities, the region offers a range of possibilities that will make your camping holiday on the Ile d’Oléron unforgettable!
Explore the island of Oleron on a camping holiday
The Isle of Oleron is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Charente Maritime where it is part of the Charente archipelago. It is the largest French island after Corsica, measuring 30 km long and 12 km wide (at its widest point), and is nicknamed “Oleron, The luminous” because of its high level of sunshine.
On the continental side of the island, known for its calm and safe waters, come and enjoy the beach at 2800 meters from the campsite with a breathtaking view on the famous Fort Boyard.
Sea walks are available !
3000 metres from the Oléron Loisirs campsite, the port of Douhet, one of the most lively places on the Ile d’Oléron, will delight you with its restaurants, bars, discotheques and water sports (sailing, jet skiing, …)
In July and August, take advantage of the Shuttle to go to the beach or visit the island!
Landscapes & beaches of the island
The Isle of Oléron is rich in monuments and gastronomy !
Indeed, as soon as you cross the Oléron bridge, you can see the Fort de Louvois (or Fort Chapus) opposite the Citadel of the castle of Oléron, a historic monument on the eastern side of the island, accessible on foot at low tide and which now houses the oyster museum.
At the northern end of the island, near Saint Denis d’Oléron, the Chassiron lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in France still in operation after Cordouan, houses a museum on the theme of traditional fishing in its rotunda.
The village of La Cotinière is home to a port with a fleet of about a hundred boats that fish for sole, sea bass, langoustines and other noble species.
Enjoy the Charente’s gastronomy
The Bassin de Marennes-Oléron is the most important oyster refining centre in France and even in Europe. So it’s hardly surprising that you’ll come across some pretty little colourful huts dotted all over the island. A stay on the Ile d’Oléron will be the perfect opportunity to savour this unmissable speciality!
Wine-growing is the oldest traditional activity. The local speciality is Pineau des Charentes, vin de pays charentais, Cognac and other liqueurs! You can find all these products at the many markets on the Ile d’Oléron.
And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be delighted with the famous galettes charentaises!
Activities for the whole family
Holidaymakers who come to enjoy a family camping holiday on the Ile d’Oléron will find a wide range of activities to suit all tastes. The Oléron Loisirs campsite offers you an overview of the outings you can count on:
- For sportsmen and women, there are numerous water sports activities (jet skiing, sailing, diving, surfing, fishing on foot or in boats…).
- For those who love to swim, there are more than 25 fine sandy beaches.
- For nature lovers, take advantage of the beautiful forest walks (12% of the island’s surface area).
- Discover the surrounding landscapes by bike thanks to the cycle tracks.
- For art lovers, come and enjoy the “Creators’ Hut”.
- To recharge your batteries and relax, take advantage of nature by visiting the salt marshes or nature reserves.
- Nearby, on the mainland, the visit of the Palmyre zoo will delight you (tickets available at the campsite).
What’s more, the Oléron Loisirs campsite has a large pool area with a waterslide. Something to please young and old alike. So don’t hesitate, there’s something for all the family during your stay at a campsite on the Ile d’Oléron!