This lovely peaceful campsite is located on the beautiful Ile d'Oléron off the West Coast of France. (The island is connected by a toll-free road bridge to the mainland). The campsite is very friendly and offers a domaine d'oleron poolsgreat 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 Ile 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".
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
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 !
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.
Zoo with over 1600 animals.
Famous for its old town, its harbours and marina and numerous restaurants etc., this is an excellent town to visit. For more information : http://www.ville-larochelle.fr/en/discover-the-city/tourism.html
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
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.
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.
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