Camping by the sea at Saint-Georges-d’Oléron
and the Bonnes beach
have been awarded the Blue Flag of Oléron
Campsite close to the beach
The beach of Les Sables Vignier is one of the most remarkable of the Ile d’Oléron. It appears in the ancient iconographies of the island. What is so special about it that even our ancestors who did not bathe kept it on their shelves?
First of all, it is on the Atlantic coast of the island, the famous wild coast which seduces as much by its sunsets, as by its tidal waves and its tall grasses and wild flowers of the dunes, the immortals. Opposite, it’s America! But here is Paradise!
Farniente on the sand beaches of fine sand of the Atlantic coast, hiring of equipment for your nautical activities, everything will be possible for your stay by the sea in Poitou-Charentes!
As for its size, it forms a wide cove facing due west between the Pointe de la Chardonnière to the south and the Pointe de Chaucre to the north. So there are no dangerous currents along this beach of Oléron.
It is wide enough to allow everyone to put down his towel and if the tide is very high, you just have to go a few tens of meters on the right to find your quiet corner so long it is.
Its golden sand, fine but not too much, is very pleasant to the touch because it rolls under the feet. It’s a little happiness to sink your toes in it at each step.
On the left side of the beach, we change landscape. Mother Nature has given this beach a prolific rocky foreshore of underwater fauna and flora: it is the point of the Thistleberry* which extends more than 2 nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean. That is to say more than 3.7 km….
The range is monitored during the high season. It is accessible by a wooden path in summer. For people with reduced mobility, a tiralo is available on request from the lifeguards.
A Mickey’s club will entertain the youngest on the beach.
*Not to be confused with the Pointe de la Chardonnière in Haute-Savoie which culminates at 2723 m, it’s not the same!
Nautical activities on the Ile d’Oléron
At low tide, some y fish on foot, others, y fish by the line, others still paint the iridescent contours of this natural tray, others leave to discover with a pocket book.
To introduce you to all this, we regularly invite Cécile from the association Art et Nature for discovery workshops that will open your eyes and ears to the abundance of Creation here below. Departure from the workshop next to the reception every week in season.
If you walk a little further on the beach you will find a sailing school.
In the evening, come and have a picnic with your family and neighbors, or walk on the beach to admire the sunset. Emotions guaranteed. Every night is different.
Back at the camping in Saint-Georges-d’Oléron, you can extend your swim in our pool while perceiving the noise of the waves that extend on the beach. Fffrrrouushhh!
The pirate Lazor
A bit of history for this beach. Who was the Pirate Lazor?
A long time ago, the island of Oleron was not very rich and a man, Lazor, lived around here. He had understood very well the disastrous role that could be played by the rocky plateau outcropping from the Pointe de la Chardonnière (see above). He attached lamps to the neck of his donkey and took it for a ride on the top of the dune. From afar, at nightfall and in heavy weather, seafarers thought they were approaching the northern tip of the island (where the Chassiron lighthouse is now). Thinking they were passing the island, they would turn around and their boats would run aground on the shallows of the Chardonnière, breaking their flank on the rocks.
In the early morning, Lazor and his pirates came to recover the stranded goods on the sand … brought back by the tide.