The seafaring past of the île d'Oléron and the bassin de Marennes has left a clear mark on their historical buildings. While Fort Boyard is a clear favourite amongst children, many other sites will be ideal for family outings including the Chassiron lighthouse, the fortifications of Brouage citadel, the citadel of Château d'Oléron and Fort Louvois.
Naturally, maritime history also plays a starring role. At the very tip of the island, the Chassiron lighthouse stands opposite the strait of the Pertuis d'Antioche, notorious for its numerous underwater reefs and many shipwrecks.
Located in the marais de la Seudre marsh, the moulin des Loges is the only tide mill to be found in the whole region!
In addition to these must-sees, which are a key part of the rich heritage of Marennes-Oléron, there are many other places to explore, such as the traditional oyster shacks along the oyster channels, as well as carefully-constructed age-old fish weirs, (ingenious fish traps). There is currently more than a dozen still in use along the island’s coast.
Lastly, if you want to become a real expert on the history and heritage of the île d'Oléron and the bassin de Marennes, you should definitely visit the various museums in the area - there are sure to be surprises in store!