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The Ferries and Crossings
 of the Estuary of Gironde

There are two connections by ferries, allowing a combination of travel and tourism on the estuary of the Gironde.

For the inhabitants and for the tourists who can still recall them, the ferries of the island of Oléron and the island of Ré are now just memories.

An impressive series of bridges was built to replace the ferries that had become congested with long queues during the summer periods. The bridge to l’île d’Oléron was opened in 1966, the bridge of the Seudre in 1972, the bridge to l’île de Ré in 1988, the bridge of Rochefort sur la Charente in 1991.

schedules of the crossing Royan – Le Verdon

schedules of the crossing Blaye - Lamarque

 

 

The crossing Royan - Le Verdon

 
 

For several years and until the 2001 tourist season , three ferries made the crossing regularly, departing approximately every thirty minutes.

Nevertheless, the weekends were particularly busy and it was better to avoid peak periods during the high season, for example, the beginning and end of the French school holidays.

A modern ferry

On April 20th, 2002, a new vessel made its first commercial crossing.

This new ferry (photo at the top of this page), of modern design, is built in the "amphidrome" style, which means that it is constructed symmetrically with an identical bow and stern.

Vehicles cross in it and are able to disembark from either end of the boat.

The ferry will not need to reverse, which saves time.

 

The crossing Royan-Le Verdon now lasts 15 to 20 minutes instead of 35 minutes as previously. The number of crossings per day can be appreciably increased.

This new boat called " La Gironde ", is 71 metres long and can take 600 passengers and 150 cars.

The ferry, pleasure of the crossing and time saving

If you don't wish to take the ferry to cross to Soulac-sur-Mer and the left bank of the Gironde with your car, by coming from the North on the A10 autoroute, you've two options ; either by Bordeaux and the bridge of Aquitaine, or by the ferry Blaye-Lamarque.

For comparison of the road distance from the exit Saintes, the A10 autoroute, and Soulac-sur-Mer, we give the following three options :

- by the ferry Royan – Le Verdon: 50 km
- by the bridge of Aquitaine and the bypass of Bordeaux: 210 km
- by Blaye and the ferry Blaye-Lamarque: 130 km      (tourist option).

schedules of the crossing Royan – Le Verdon

 

The crossing Blaye - Lamarque

 

 

The crossing between Blaye, on the right bank of the Gironde and Lamarque in the Médoc vineyard by the Blaye-Lamarque ferry takes about twenty minutes.

schedules of the crossing Blaye - Lamarque

 

Saint-Palais-sur-Mer

Camping Les Pins
Campsite at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, in a charming area...>>

La Palmyre

Siblu Parc Club Les Charmettes
Everything on this Haven-owned park has been prepared to make your holiday enjoyable...>>

 
 

Island of Oléron

Airotel Oléron

Campsite at Le Chateau d'Oleron, the choice of beach, water sports and family activities...>>

La Palmyre

Palmyre Loisirs
Campsite, 4 stars. Universe of sports and games, in a sunny pine forest...>>

Cognac

Moulin de Cierzac
Hotel, Gourmet Restaurant
Situated 13 kms away from Cognac, you will enjoy this charming old watermill, “charentais terroir”  classical and innovative cooking...>>

 

Guest House, B&B
Saint-Palais-sur-Mer

Ma Maison de Mer
Guest House, B&B, situated at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, in a fantastic location, 150m from the beach. Open all year long...>>

Hotel by the sea
direct access to the beach

Hotel à Royan, Résidence de Rohan

Hotel Résidence de Rohan

Charming house, 3 kms away from Royan in a unique environment. By the sea, direct access to the beach ...>>

 

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Airotel Oléron
Campsite at Le Chateau d'Oleron, the choice of beach and water sports, family activities and the tranquillity of a wooded park.

Camping Les Pins
Campsite at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, in a charming area.

Palmyre Loisirs
Campsite, 4 stars. Universe of sports and games,  in a sunny pine forest.

Palmyre Loisirs

Parc Club Les Charmettes
Everything on this Haven-owned park has been prepared to make your holiday as enjoyable and as relaxing as possible.

Ma Maison de Mer
Guest House, B&B, situated in a fantastic location, 150m from the beach and 200m from the town center. Open all year

Hotel Residence de Rohan
Charming house, 3 kms away from Royan in a unique environment. By the sea, direct access to the beach

Mer & Soleil d'Oléron
Four stars holiday village club with mobile homes. A stone’s throw away from one of the finest beaches on the Ile d'Oléron

Camping Les Vignes

Close to Royan and La Palmyre, in a quiet area, 10 minutes away through woods from the beach of  La Grande Côte.

Activ' Loisirs Les Pins
Family campsite in Ronce les Bains, pine forest, three heated indoor pools from April to October.

Camping L'Abri-Côtier

In Saint-Nazaire-sur-Charente, close to Port-des-Barques and Madam island, Rochefort, La Rochelle,  island of Oleron.

Yukadi Village Le Logis

Le Logis, under the warm Charente sun, 600 metres from the sea and 10 km from Royan, much of it situated in a pine forest

 

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