The largest French island after Corsica, Ile d'Oleron is famous for its great sunshine which earned it the nickname Oléron the luminous.
Its beautiful sandy beaches, many of which are labeled Blue Flag, are great playgrounds for the little ones. Athletes are not left out: lovers of snow sports will practice surfing, windsurfing, sand yachting, sea kayaking or even sailing.
Nature lovers will discover on foot, by bike or horseback, many forests and marshes with their rich and varied flora and fauna. To know everything about this unspoilt nature, go to the two nature centers, the Birds' Marsh in Dolus and the Port des Salines in Grand-Village.
With its colorful wooden huts, picturesque harbors, villages of low houses and islands with a strong character, Oléron offers visitors charming assets.
Do not miss to climb the 224 steps of Chassiron Lighthouse, perched at the northern end of the island, known as "Bout du Monde". From the circular balcony, you can admire a superb view of the east coast of the island, and beyond on the famous Fort Boyard, the islands of Ré, Aix and Madame and the ocean.
Photos: DOLUS-D'OLERON © CMT17 A. BIRARD (No. 1), GRAND-VILLAGE-BEACH - Port des Salines © CMT17 E. COEFFE (No. 2), OLERON ISLAND © CMT17 A. BIRARD (No. 3), SAINT-DENIS-D'OLERON - Beach huts © CMT17 E. COEFFE (n ° 4)