It is the largest of the French Atlantic Islands, also called the Charentais Archipelago. It measure 30km long and 8km wide. Long known for its oysters, the sea salt and the vineyards of Pineau des Charentes, it has developed tourism thanks to its beautiful beaches and an annual sunshine of 2400h which earned it the name “Oleron, the Luminous” and of course, thanks also to all the water activities and its beloved Fort Boyard.
Recently a high quality vegetable gardening based on a sandy soil offers its inhabitants a taste of beautiful fruits and vegetables. Coming to Oléron is also spend time to explore it all.
The Sables Vignier camping at St Georges d’Oléron is located 1.2 km from a large market with fresh local products, located at the city called Domino, perfect to refuel vitamins and benefits during your stay. A grocery store on the camp will bring you all the necessary stuff you need. Note that here, each village has its market, we’ll give you the list on arrival, without forgetting the night markets!
For those who enjoy gathering in family, we have the addresses of several farmers where you’ll be able to organize you delicious gathering of « Mara des bois » strawberry, of juicy and smooth tomatoes, of Charentais melon but also of all the vegetables of the region well known for their delicious taste.
In the spring, enjoy the violet asparagus, carrots, peas … It’s not just on the beach that one can enjoy the benefits from the golden sands of the Atlantic.
Our island in Charente Maritime also hosts vineyards where the Pineau des Charentes, the Cognac and colorful and tasty wines that fit so well with the local cuisine are made. You can visit the wine cellars and storehouses if you’re an amateur of wine. The reception can provide you nice places to visit of course.
A little south of the Sables Vignier, lies the port of La Cotinière. It features the colorfoul fishing boats of professional fishermen on the island. This is also the first langoustine fishing port in France. Go and discover the time of the auction in the evening around 17h. seafood (shrimps and prawns, whelks, prawns, clams, cockles and mussels, scallop nuts, crabs …), extra fresh fish of all sizes and shapes: Nature is prolific, it is first a feast for the eyes … before being one for the taste buds! Go to “Pêcheries de la Cotinière” they provide very good advice and you’ll be very well received.
A little further south, the breeding and growing sites of the Oléron Oysters. For those who are more into this an oyster museum exists in Marennes. It is very well done and will interest kids and adults. In season, our friend Manu, oyster farmer, comes to the camping to offer his products. He provides many explanations about his beautiful job and his wife offers you her recipes for the oven or BBQ. Ask them nicely and they will help you to open the oysters you ordered, very helpful !
And also, an ancient culture back into production in the marshes of the island, sea salt. An excellent journey of discovery is to visit Grand Village. …… .. One more thing, bring back sea salt in your luggage, it will improve all your dishes and extend the good mood of your camping at Oleron among us !
Also to see around the campsite on the Island of Oléron :