From south to north, from east to west
The eight municipalities that make up the Ile d'Oléron have everything for the visitor: Saint-Trojan-les-Bains “the real seaside” and its forest, Le Grand-Village-Plage and its salt-farming port, Le Château d'Oléron and its imposing fortified citadel, Dolus d'Oléron and the ornithologists’ marshes, Saint-Pierre d'Oléron, with its pedestrianised street and the fishing port La Cotinière, Saint-Georges d’Oléron and its little villages, Chaucre, Domino, Boyardville… La Brée les Bains and its narrow streets and finally at the northern tip of the island, Saint-Denis d'Oléron where the 46m high lighthouse stands proudly at Chassiron.
Charm and authenticity of our villages
There are many delightful little villages to explore – leave the beaten track and enjoy the narrow streets decorated with hollyhocks and the architecture of our villages like Chaucre, Arceau, La Rémigeasse… And you’ll see fishermen’s houses with blue or green shutters and whitewashed facades.
Diverse landscapesOf course Oléron means fine sandy beaches bordered by huge pine forests but that’s not all. At Chassiron, in the north, can be found chalk cliffs overlooking the Atlantic or in the northwest, sandy beaches with just enough rocks to be ideal for shore-fishing.
Whether the visitor is on foot or two wheels, the island has a wide range of landscapes to enjoy: forests, marshland for bird-spotters and of course agricultural land for cereals and vines.
Activities and traditionsOyster-farming is an age-old activity – the multi-coloured huts in the oyster ports have kept their authentic aspect. Fishing is also an important activity – just think of La Cotinière, Charente-Maritime’s major fishing port. Watching the return of the boats at high tide is a real spectacle.
Wine-making is also a traditional activity. An excellent “Vin de Pays” is produced and our vineyards are in the “Cognac” appellation area; many of our wine-makers produce the increasingly well-known “Pineau des Charentes”.