Oléron Island has two nature conservation centres. These protected natural sites are open all year round and offer tours. Raising awareness towards nature and tradition is the main goal for the nature conservation centres.
The discovery tour at the Marais des Oiseaux is one for the kids as they will get a chance to come close to various animals such as: goats, donkeys, sheeps..
Further up a path will lead you to a natural space where you can watch wild species : ducks, herons, egrets. And there is an observatory offering a full panoramic view of the site. This is an ideal place to contemplate wild birds from.
Situated at Grand-Village, Le Port des Salines is a centre for discovering the salt-marshes. A traditional village has been built where you can find local producers and craftsmen, a salt-loft, a port from which you can enjoy boat trips and of course the salt-marshes themselves. An eco-museum and a trail will enable the visitor to learn about the magic of the “white gold”.
The salt pan is at once a masterpiece and an elaborated organisation which closely controls the water levels and flow and the many basins evaporation