The islands of Charente Maritime
During your stay in Charente Maritime, you can visit the Île de Ré, Île d'Aix, Île Madame and of course Île d'Oléron.
The Ile de Ré is one of the best known in the Charente archipelago: the fourth largest island in France is a very popular tourist destination for its beaches and its bucolic atmosphere, with its charming seaside villages like Ars-en-Ré or La Flotte-en-Ré. Along its 100 kilometres of coastline, you will discover a place rich in marine landscapes including a varied fauna, notably in the north of the island in the National Nature Reserve of Lilleau de Niges. The heritage is not to be outdone, with the fortified town of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the Whale Lighthouse and the many museums on the island.
The island of Aix is a smaller island only 3 kilometres by 700 metres, in the heart of the Pertuis d'Antioche, which can be reached through the town of Fouras, at the tip of La Fumée. Mostly known for its oysters, which constitute the main production of the island, the place is also famous for its two national museums. The island is also close to Fort Boyard, which makes it a choice stop for cruises in the archipelago.
Madame Island is the fourth smallest of the Charente islands, with an area of only 0.78 km². Oyster Island par excellence, the place lives on the Aquaculture Farm of Isle Madame, a family production structure that offers the sale of shellfish, shrimp, salicorne and regional products.
The island of Oléron is located south of the Pertuis d'Antioche and is the largest of the Charente Maritime islands, with an area of 174 km². Connected to the Pointe de l'Ascension by the bridge of the island, Oléron is very easily accessible from the departmental road D26 which passes in periphery of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, at only half an hour from Rochefort. Composed of eight communes, the Ile d'Oléron offers a wide variety of destinations, from the Moëze-Oléron Nature Reserve to the Marais aux Oiseaux via the Port des Salines.