Cycling around Oléron
Numerous kilometres of designated cycle tracks run along the coast, through the marshes and woods ! in addition, the network of cycle routes is extended every year. The Office de Tourisme website features several cycling trails to follow !
Water sports on Ile d’Oléron
Ile d’Oléron is a great place for lots of different water sports including surfing, windsurfing, sand yachting, kayaking, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. Each beach has its own identity so you can vary your choice of board sports. Waves, wind, long sandy beaches… everything you need for endless fun !
Relaxing on the beaches of Ile d’Oléron
One of the high points of Ile d’Oléron is its many beaches, many of which have Blue-Flag approval for the excellent quality of their water ! Family fun, board sports or just simply relaxing, the beaches of Oléron have something for everyone.
Gîtes de France tip :
Ile d’Oléron is also a great place to dig for cockles, clams, etc ! During spring tides, go down to the shore and have family fun digging for your dinner ! But joking apart, please pay attention as this activity is strictly regulated !
How to get to Ile d’Oléron
By road :
From Bordeaux, Autoroute A10, exit Saintes, then follow Ile d’Oléron
From Nantes, Autoroute A10, exit La Rochelle then follow Marans / La Rochelle / Rochefort / Ile d’Oléron
From Paris, Autoroute A10, exit La Rochelle / Rochefort, then follow Surgères / Rochefort / île d’Oléron.
No toll to pay, this bridge is free !
By air : La Rochelle/Laleu airport
By rail : 3 hours from Paris to Surgères. 2¼ hours from Nantes to Rochefort. 1 hour 50 minutes from Bordeaux to Saintes. In each case, take a bus.
By bus : Transport Nouvelle-Aquitaine : Service number 6, 7 and 8.
By boat : Ferry services from La Rochelle, Bourcefranc, Le Chapus, La Tremblade. "