Tourism in Charente Maritime

This tourist department with several islands, including the island of Oléron where our Residence Les Sables Vignier is located, welcomes you for your holidays or for a weekend.
Through this page, we will make you discover the main places to visit during your stay.

Discover the islands of Oléron, Ré, Aix, Madame and Nôle in Charente Maritime.

Spending a holiday on an island is possible in Charente Maritime. Of course our favourite island is Oléron which will welcome you during your stay in Saint Georges d'Oléron at Les Sables Vignier. This will not prevent you from discovering the 4 other islands of the department.

The island of Ré or Ré La Blanche is located in the north of the Charente near La Rochelle. It can be reached by a paying bridge of almost 3 km but also by boat with several marinas. You will discover the typical villages of Ré, its ports, its beaches and its customs.

Between the Ile de Ré and the Ile d'Oléron are two small islands: the Ile d'Aix, nicknamed "The Pearl of the Charente Estuary" and classified as a remarkable natural site, and the Ile Madame which you can discover. 100 metres from the mainland and before the Ile d'Oléron is the Ile de Nôle, a small uninhabited piece of land accessible on foot during high tides.

La Rochelle, a beautiful city with 1000 years of history to visit.

The famous Vieux Port with its towers, the old town and the Aquarium are all there for you to enjoy an unforgettable day. Shops and restaurants will welcome you for your souvenirs and let you savour seafood, pineau, cognac and local products.

Rochefort and its rich Charente heritage.

Situated under La Rochelle, a few kilometres from Oléron, it is an arsenal town built in the 17th century. Very well known for its Corderie Royale, the Martrou ferry bridge, the National Maritime Museum and Pierre Loti's house, Rochefort has also received a lot of media attention in recent years thanks to the rebuilding of the frigate Hermione from 1997 to 2014.

Cognac is a city of art and history, not forgetting the famous eau de vie.

It is a remarkable city with a host of treasures and must-see places: The Royal Castle, the church of Saint Léger, the quays of the Charente, the high street and the superb houses such as Hennessy, Martin and Martell.

The citadel of Brouage in the Marais between Rochefort and Oléron

Did you know that in the 14th century Brouage was the European salt capital, and that in the 16th century the town became a war port? Because of its past, this small town in Charente Maritime, which is now one of the most beautiful villages in France, has a lot of heritage to offer: Royal Gate, ramparts, forge, powder magazines, underground ports, houses, etc.

Saintes, the capital of Saintonge and its Gallo-Roman amphitheatre

A recognised city of art from the 1st century, it is a city to discover. Its amphitheatre is one of the best preserved in France. Don't forget to visit the Abbaye aux Dames, the Basilique Saint-Eutrope, the Arch of Germanicus erected for the Emperor Tiberius, not forgetting the thermal baths of Saint-Saloine or the Basilique Saint-Eutrope. History buffs will be delighted with this Charente Maritime town located 70 km from the Résidence Les Sables Vignier in Saint Georges d'Oléron.

In Meschers, you will discover the fascinating Grottes de Régulus.

About 70 km from the Résidence des Sables Vignier, south of Royan, a real treasure of about 65 million years awaits you: the troglodyte dwellings dug into the limestone cliffs with a view of the Gironde estuary... It's up to you to discover this original and unusual destination...

The island of Oléron known as "the luminous one" just for you.

Go to the "Ile d'Oléron" tab on our site under the "Tourism" heading to discover the treasures of our Charente Maritime island near your Les Sables Vignier holiday home: Fort Boyard, the Chassiron lighthouse, the Château d'Oléron citadel, Saint Georges d'Oléron.

Have a nice holiday in Oléron.

Tourism on the island of Oleron in Charentes Maritime

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