Make the most of your camping holidays on the Ile d'Oléron at Château-d'Oléron to discover the citadel, the picturesque lanes of the historic district, not forgetting the oyster port and its many colourful huts, some of which have become the workshops of Oleronese creators, craftsmen and artists.
The citadel of the Château d'Oléron
Classified as a historical monument in 1929, the citadel is open to the public. All year round, guided tours are offered and in season, dramatised night-time visits with guides in period costume! After passing through the Royal Gate, you will discover the main enclosure and its fortress, the governor's residence, the former arsenal, the food stores, the former powder room and the chapel. The citadel of Oléron also hosts major cultural and festive events such as the festival Sites en Scène which takes over the esplanade in August.
A bit of history...
The citadel was built on the foundations of the former medieval castle of the Dukes of Aquitaine in 1630 by order of Richelieu. At the end of the 17th century, the fortress was enlarged and remodelled by Vauban to integrate the defensive system of the Royal Arsenal of Rochefort. Partly destroyed on 17 April 1945 during an allied bombardment, the citadel was the subject of numerous restoration campaigns in the 20th century.
A short stroll in the historic centre
Strolling through the historic centre of Château d'Oléron, campers can linger around the market halls whose origins date back to the 18th century. A few steps away is a beautiful Renaissance fountain richly worked in a 17th century style with its twisted columns and sculpted dolphins. Continuing the visit, one discovers the small streets lined with traditional houses, the oldest dating from the 17th century. You will also like to take the Chemin des Remparts and follow a 2.5 km circuit and discover the many elements of the fortification line: footbridges, bridges, moats, bastions and redans. At the end of the route, there are beautiful viewpoints over the oyster port, but also the island of Aix, Fort Louvois and Fort Boyard!
The oyster-farming and yachting port
The oyster port of Château d'Oléron is one of the most exotic places to stroll around the island of Oléron. Although there are more and more yachtsmen on the port of Château-d'Oléron, the oyster farming activity remains very lively. To the delight of holidaymakers, many old huts, which were once used as sheds for oyster farmers, now house artists' and craftsmen's workshops, small stalls, oyster bars and restaurants. Here you can take a short break while you wait for the return of the tide from the oyster farmers with their arms full of oyster bags. This is certainly the best time to soak up the real atmosphere of the port!
To see, to do also:
- The church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption, an imposing neo-Romanesque building, whose steeple rises almost 40 m above the ground.
- The channel Ors, the longest and most beautiful oyster channel on the island of Oleron (1.5 km) where the traditional multicolored huts.
- The Chantier Naval Robert Léglise, the last local testimony of wooden shipbuilding on the Ile d'Oléron, where old boats are restored before the eyes of visitors.
- The Château d'Oléron nautical base to practice your favourite water sport: catamaran, windsurfing, sea kayaking...