Domaine d'Oléron, Ile de Oléron
This lovely peaceful campsite is located on the beautiful Ile d'Oleron off the West Coast of France. The site is very friendly and offers a great holiday for families with young children or in fact anyone who would like to explore this beautiful island. This island is connected to the mainland by a bridge so it is very accessible.
The island is famous for its fabulous beaches, where you can take part in watersports and its numerous cycling and walking routes. The campsite is only 3 kms from the nearest beach and is 3 kms from the picturesque town of St-Pierre d'Oléron in the north of the island. The Domaine d'Oléron campsite has good access to some of the car free cycle paths which can be found on the island.
The Île d'Oléron is France's largest island after Corsica and has plenty of greenery, with the extensive pine-studded Forêt des Saumonards in the northeast of the island from where you can see a dazzling panorama of the surrounding "parcs à huitres" or oyster farms. At the island's southern tip, the larger Forêt de St-Trojan is found on the western coast alongside the long stretch of beach of "La Grande Plage".
The facilities on-site are as follows :
- there is a heated outdoor swimming pool (1.10m min.- 1.55m max.) as well as a heated outdoor pool for children (max. depth - 0.45 m). For added fun there is also a slide and shute pool with three waterslides. Please note swim shorts are not allowed so men and boys should bring speedo style swimsuits.
- the campsite run children's activities and games in July and August - mostly french speaking but children should be able to join in
- takeaway meals (pizza, sausage, chips, sandwiches etc.), snack bar and bar
- table tennis, 5 a-side football pitch, playground
- family disco and children's disco in July and August
- entertainment such as music, karaoke and sports in July and August
- cycle hire
- tv room
- washing up facilities, showers, washing machines etc.
- internet access is available
Booking Your Holiday at this Campsite
Here are details of how to get to the Ile D'Oleron campsite.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from
some example ports :
There are flights by a variety of airlines from the UK and Ireland to the following airports :
- Bordeaux : 173 km
- La Rochelle : 76 km
Nantes : 211 km
- Local Railway: Rochefort, 50km
- Local Bus Service: Around the island, 3.0km
Things to Do in the Area
Le Marais aux Oiseaux
This bird park was originally established as a hospital for injured birds found in the wild, but is now a breeding centre with many examples of rare or endangered species. 300 to 400 different types of bird are given the freedom of twenty hectares of beautiful countryside, while sixty species are caged for observation alongside public walkways.
This town is named after the Citadel that still stands, along with some seventeenth-century fortifications. You will find traditional oyster farming and boat-building here, and there's a lively market in place de la République every morning.
Fort Boyard stands in the midst of the sea between Oléron and the Île d'Aix to the northeast. Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the construction of Fort Boyard in 1804. It was constructed upon a sand bank and was completed in 1857. the home of the popular TV series which is broadcast in many countries. There are boat trips if you would like to get a closer look !
La Rochelle Aquarium
Park with exhibitions/information about marine life where you can see all kinds of fish including manta rays and a variety of sharks. There is also a Park with hundreds of parrots and butterflies and different animals.
La Palmyre Zoo (26km)
Zoo with over 1600 animals.
La Rochelle (64km)
Le Petit Train de Saint Trojan
Le Petit Train de St Trojan can be found at the Gare de Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, in the south of the Ile d'Oléron. It offers a 12 km round trip on rails through the surrounding countryside. They even have some rides to watch the sunset with musicians on board ! Trains depart every 45 minutes in high season. For more information have a look at their website at http://www.le-ptit-train.com/
Vintage Cars - Tour des Remparts - Angouleme
If you are here in the third week of September then the town of Angouleme has a famous historic car race - the Tour des Remparts - see Bugattis, Porsches etc.
Bordeaux Wine Country/Cognac
We are not far from the world famous Bordeaux Wine Region and also Cognac brandy at Cognac (78km) - so lots of vineyard visits and distillery tours are possible.
Bike Hire Direct
Another option for well priced and hassle free bike hire in this region is "Bike Hire Direct" - find out more at their website at www.bikehiredirect.com
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