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Oléron ‘the luminous’: Marsh, heritage and nature!     

The Ile d’Oléron, the second largest island of France in surface area – 175km2 – is a concentrate of assets. What with a rich and preserved nature, magnificent beaches, a rich heritage, unique gastronomic products and a favourable climate, Oléron ‘the Luminous’ is an exceptional place to be.

Two very different coastlines

In the West, facing the sea, from Saint-Trojan to Chassiron, Oléron has a unique succession of long sandy beaches, edged with magnificent forests of maritime pine, holly oaks and marram grass. With the combination of the marshes and the wind, the ever-moving sea is alternately a playground adapted to even the youngest children before becoming one for adults. Here everyone can try wind surfingsurfing or sand karting, in complete safety. On the continent side, the sea is much calmer.

Marsh, heritage and nature

In the middle of the island, towards the south, discover the former fens that became salt marshes and that today are used as oyster pits, rearing site for the famous Marennes-Oléron oysters. Marshes that are also home to a rich and varied flora and fauna. A unique natural environment to discover on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Both military and maritime, with the citadel of the Château d’Oléron and Fort Boyard, the heritage of Oléron also includes a large number of Roman churches, traditional villages and harbours.

Oléron, as you can see, is resolutely a land of good living in an exceptional environment.

Île d’Oléron

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