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With an area of 175m2, the île d’Oléron is the largest Atlantic island in metropolitan France. The bridge between the island and the French coast was the first bridge to be built between an island and the country. However, it is not the longest: it comes in third place after the bridge of Saint-Nazaire and the bridge of the Île de Ré.
The main means of transportation on the island is biking, just like on the Île de Ré. You will find cycle paths all over the island. Take advantage of them in order to discover the typical landscapes of each town as well as their gastronomy and architecture.
In La Brée-les-Bains and Saint-Georges-d’Oléron, enjoy a walk in the most picturesque streets between typical white houses and hollyhocks. If you prefer military buildings, head to Le Château-d'Oléron to admire the citadel. Richelieu ordered the construction but it was Vauban who finished it more than 120 years later. From the beach of Saint-Georges, you will be able to enjoy the view of the famous fortress: Fort Boyard.
If you are more interested in gastronomy, the island is a great place for you to visit. First of all, fishing is one of its main activities. You will taste various species including sea bass, sole and shrimps. Do not miss the boats coming back to the port of Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron and head to the market of La Victorine to buy first rate fish!
You will also find seafood, the east coast of the island is fairly protected which makes it perfect for oyster-farming. In Le Château-d’Oléron, enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the local oyster production as well as mussel farming. The best way to enjoy them is to taste them in the cabin of a local oyster farmer.
The island also produces salt. In Le Grand-Village-Plage, visit the salt marshes from the port des Salines. As you wander on the island, notice the fishing weir. They are stone-built and horseshoe-shaped. When the tide is receding, they hold fish back.
If you want to acquaint yourself with fishing, shore fishing is a good way to get started. It is allowed on most of the island under some regulations. Another option is to take a boat from Saint-Denis-d’Oléron.
Those who enjoy sport, will not only like the numerous cycle paths but also the large variety of water sports. If the East coast is more protected, the West coast has all the advantages of the Atlantic Ocean. Many people enjoy surfing but there are countless other options.
The cherry on the cake has to be the visit of the lighthouse. The phare de Chassiron opened in 1836. It offers a breathtaking view of nearby islands, of the ocean and Fort Boyard. It is 36-meter high but going up the 224 steps is worth the effort.
There are short-term rentals in every one of the 8 towns of the Île d’Oléron. No less than 1345 are active on the island. The average price per night is 97 euros. As in every other island and seashore towns, the occupancy rate varies a lot during the year. It averages 45% but it reaches 92% during summer, during the months of July and August.
If the data can vary from one town to the other, they follow an identical pattern. It is in La Brée-les-Bains that the price per night is the most advantageous throughout the year. It averages 109 euros, reaches 141 euros in August and goes down to 72 euros in March.
La Brée-les-Bains also has the highest occupancy rate on the island (48%). However, Saint-Georges-d’Oléron and Le Grand-Village-Plage are close behind with an occupancy rate of 47% and 46%.
On the island, most guests book a two-night stay. However, a week-long stay or longer are also very common. It is especially true in Saint-Denis-d’Oléron but happens in every town of the island.
Guests tend to book whole accommodations with 2 to 4 rooms. The number of guests is often 5 or more. Indeed, the island is perfect for a family or friend reunion. However, you can find some studios, especially in Dolus d’Oléron.
If you are interested in investing for your holidays, the île d’Oléron is the ideal destination to enjoy a relaxing stay. The island attracts many tourists and keeps innovating to develop tourism. If you are interested in short-term rental, our counselors are fully available!
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