The Ré island, off La
Rochelle. The bridge - viaduct is very easily accessible from the
north by-pass road after La Pallice. This very beautiful curved
bridge, about three kilometres long, is a magnificent entrance to
The island of Aix, famous because of
Napoleon's sojourn, is accessible from the pier of the Pointe de la
The peninsula of Fouras, situated on the
right-hand side of the mouth of the river Charente. From the pointe
de la Fumée, you have a clear view of Fouras, the Madam island, the
island of Oléron, the Boyard fortress, the island of Aix, the
island of Ré and the coast of La Rochelle and La Pallice.
Madam island, on the West of Port-des-Barques and on
the left bank of the mouth of the river Charente,is linked to the
shore by a road named ‘la Passe-aux-Bœufs’, which can only be
used at low tide.
The island of Oléron, linked to the
continent by a bridge - viaduct with free access, built in 1966. It
looks like the continuation of the peninsula of Arvert and is the
largest island of the region with a length of around thirty
kilometres, from Saint-Trojan-les-Bains to the Chassiron lighthouse.
The peninsula of Arvert, south of the island
of Oléron, has a boundary which stretches from the coast from Royan
to the Pointe de la Coubre, the Côte Sauvage up to the Pointe
Espagnole and the estuary of the river Seudre.
The coastline has
large sandy beaches exposed to the waves with rocky shores but there
are also well sheltered beaches called ‘conches’.
forest of la Coubre extends from Saint-Palais-sur-Mer to
Ronce-les-bains, on both sides of the D25 road. Walking routes are
offered by the national Forests Office.