The Île d'Oléron

The Île d'Oléron is located 3kms off the coast of mainland France in the Bay of Biscay. It is the second largest island of metropolitan France just behind Corsica.


The island is 30kms in length and 8kms wide.

Administratively the island belongs to the Charente-Maritime, which itself is part of New Aquitaine.

The 174 square kilometres are divided into 8 administrative areas that are home to nearly 22.000 permanent residents.


The island's maritime temperate climate means the land is fertile and the land is well cultivated.  


Since 1966 the island has been linked to the mainland by a 2.862m bridge which, at the time of construction was the longest bridge in France.


The easiest way to get around the Oléron is by car or by bicycle. The island is criss-crossed by 110kms of cycle paths making getting around simple and quick. 


The Oléron is known Europe-wide for its delicious oysters that are mainly farmed to the south and east of the island.  

The fishing port of La Cotinière on the western coast is the eighth largest fishing port of France.

The Oléron is also home to 800 hectares of vines producing the excellent local vin de pays, pineaux, cognac and other liqueurs  

Les Marées d'Oléron is a proud partner of the tourist bureaus of the Charente-Maritime and saint Pierre d'Oléron.

All tourist information relating to the island, things to see and do can be found on their multilingual websites. These can be accessed by clicking on the links below.