Set off to explore Oléron from your holiday home
Explore the island of Oléron in Charente Maritime
The island of Oléron is in the south-west of the Charente Maritime department and in the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. It is also the second biggest island in France. Oléron, the “Luminous Island”, is south of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Ile de Ré, and across from the beautiful Pays d’Arvert, with towns such as Marennes, Les Mathes, La Palmyre and Royan. The island of Oléron is linked to the mainland by a toll-free bridge. The island is 30 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide at its broadest point. The main road runs through unspoilt nature to the town of Saint Denis d’Oléron at the tip of the island. Just 2.5 kilometres to go and you will arrive at the Alizés Residence for a family holiday in a peaceful and natural setting.
Lucky you! The Plage des Huttes beach is about 150 yards from your holiday residence, with a chance to enjoy a swim and get a tan in the Oléron sunshine. There are plenty of other inviting beaches just a few miles’ drive away: Les Sables Vignier, Domino, Chaucre, Boyardville, La Brée les Bains, etc.
A unique cultural and historic heritage
Your residence is located in the town of Saint Denis, where you can visit the famous Chassiron lighthouse and museum. A couple of miles away, in La Brée-Les-Bains, you can see the Moulin de la Fontaine (Fountain Windmill). In Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron, the Château de Bonnemie, Le Kiosque, La Lanterne and the Oléron Island Museum are all great sites to visit. In the southern part of the island, the Chateau d’Oléron includes the famous Vauban citadel, the Ramparts Walk, the Robert Leglise shipyard, etc. . Fort Louvois is also well worth visiting, between the mainland and the island of Oléron, as is the famous Fort Boyard in Boyardville.
Wine-making and gastronomy are also part of the riches of the island of Oléron, including the famous Marennes-Oléron oysters.
Header photo: Copyright SAINT-DENIS-D’OLERON – Cabanes de plage © CMT17 E. COEFFE