Nature and Scenery

One of the principal characteristics of the Ile d’Oléron and the Marennes basin is its untamed quality as evidenced by the numerous forests throughout the island and the marshes that are an essential part of this territory where nature reigns.

The many, varied beaches are also an unmissable element of Marennes-Oléron.  Beaches that are perfect for relaxation, swimming or sport, the more so as the seawater is of the highest quality.  Many municipalities being classified “Blue Flag”, the island has almost half of all the beaches in Charente-Maritime with this prestigious label.

The island has a rich natural heritage and is home to two nature centres, “Marais aux Oiseaux” and “Le Port des Salines”, both front rank natural sites and open year round.  At the former, you can get to know some of the local flora and fauna.  At the latter, it’s the traditional activity of harvesting sea-salt that’s the centre of attraction.

The gentle climate of Marennes-Oléron contributes to the wealth of flora and is a paradise for birds, especially those that migrate.  The flora that is found in the dunes and wetlands, very colourful and aromatic, is the result of the hours of sunshine the island receives every year.