Take advantage of your stay at the Résidence des Sables Vignier to visit the Château d'Oléron, a fortified town in the south of the island of Oléron.
A place steeped in history
Built on the foundations of the ancient medieval castle of the Dukes of Aquitaine, the citadel was later redesigned by Vauban to form part of the defence system of the Royal Arsenal of Rochefort. Partially destroyed in 1945 by Allied bombing, the fortress has since been regularly restored.
The historic centre of Château d'Oléron
Walking through the historic centre of Château d'Oléron, holidaymakers can discover the market halls dating from the 18th century. As you stroll through the narrow streets lined with traditional houses, you can push on to the Chemin des Remparts and follow a 2.5km walking circuit, one of the best ways to observe the town's fortifications. There are beautiful views of the port, the Ile d'Aix and Fort Boyard.
The port of Château d'Oléron
For a complete change of scenery, a stroll through the port of Château d'Oléron is a must: there is still a lot of oyster farming activity here, and the port is often very lively. The old oyster-farmers' huts have been converted into numerous artists' and craftsmen's workshops, stalls, restaurants and oyster bars. There's nothing like a good walk around the port to whet your appetite!