The largest metropolitan French island after Corsica with an area of 174 km2, it is connected to the mainland by a road bridge at Bourcefranc-le-Chapus. The island is nicknamed "Oléron the luminous" because of its high rate of sunshine throughout the year.
The island is rich of a remarkable maritime, military and religious heritage which welcomes us as soon as we arrive: the Fort Louvois, the citadel of the Castle and Fort Boyard in the background set the tone and already announce a wonderful stay!
The heart of the island is also home to treasures of small villages, fishing ports and oyster colored emblematic of this destination. Further north is the famous Chassiron Lighthouse, which watches over the island and guides the sailors who enter the Charentais harbors.
West side, facing the ocean, of Saint-Trojan -les-Bains at the tip of Chassiron, the island of Oléron has a unique suite of long sandy beaches ideal for organizing family holidays. With the game of tides and wind, the sea in motion becomes then in turn a quiet and secure playground for children or even more sporting for older children.
On foot, by bike or on horseback, all means are good to discover the island of Oléron from all angles.
The bridge of the island of Oléron is located 20 km (20 minutes by car) of the Mathes - La Palmyra.