Marennes-Oléron is an area made up of 15 districts where
life's best kept treasures can be found. This place is about nature, heritage,
leisure, gastronomy... it is about the GOOD LIFE! Everyone will find something
to enchant them Marennes-Oléron. With its diverse landscape, favourable climate and ecological wealth, Marennes-Oléron is just mesmerizing.
Oléron has an area of 175 sq km, making it the largest french island of the Atlantic coast. Its stunning beaches are a dream come true for kids. Several of these beaches boast the blue flag for their quality. Surf, windsurf, blokart, kayak, all these sports
are well established on the island. On the ocean sailing and fishing take another
dimension. You can also play golf, tennis or indulge at the spa.
Discover a rich and diverse fauna and flora at the heart of the forests and
swamps. Walking, cycling or horse riding are all great ways to witness the beauty
nature has to reveal. You will find out extensive information about this preserved
environment at the two nature centres: "Le Marais aux oiseaux" (The
birds marsh) and "Le Port des Salines" (Salines Harbour).
These sites are not to be missed.
Marennes-Oléron is also exceptional as far as heritage is concerned with its fortifications, maritime monuments, churches and local architecture. A fantastic historical journey awaits you.
There are the citadels of Château-d'Oléron and Brouage where Vauban made his mark, there is the Moulin des loges ( a windmill ) in the marsh of Saint-Just-Luzac and moreover the villages are typically quaint. We must also remember, facing Boyardville, the very popular Fort Boyard, a splendid "stone ship" built in the ocean.
A delightful day in Marennes-Oléon does not end here.. When the family gathers around a table full of oysters, mussels, fish and seafood, delicious local fruits and vegetables and wine, everyone will feel just great or "beunaise"! ( in the charentais dialect )