Wind : 17 km/h
Discover Île d’Aix between Fouras peninsula, Fort Boyard and the eastern part of Île d’Oléron. Select a campsite on Île de Ré, near La Rochelle, La Tranche sur Mer, Chatelaillon or Oléron and sail to the most authentic island of Charente.
Get ready for your day out at sea, circle famous Fort Boyard and visit Île d’Aix, the « pearl of the Charente estuary ».
Benefit from the many connections from pointe de la fumée in Fouras, from Saint Martin de Ré, La Rochelle, Boyardville, Saint-Denis (Ile d'Oléron) or La Tranche-sur-Mer (Vendée) and spend a lovely day out on Île d’Aix, listed officially as “remarkable natural site”.
Île d’Aix is part of Charente-Maritime‘s « Villages de pierres et d’eau » - « villages of stones and water » - and can only be accessed by boat. You’ll visit it walking, bicycle riding or in a carriage, as you should!
Soak in its atmosphere and fantastic heritage – its fortifications including Fort Liédot and Fort de La Rade which were imagined and built by Vauban to protect Rochefort ‘s harbour and Arsenal, and its « twin lighthouses », a lighthouse with 2 towers which has become the island’s symbol and is listed as a French historical monument.
Plan your cruise and day out on Île d’Aix : beaches, strolls and excursions on your schedule.
Enjoy the great « plage de l’Anse de la Croix » and discover Île d’Aix‘s secret creeks and beaches depending on your will to have a swim, to laze in the sun or go shore fishing. Have lunch in one of the village’s restaurants or just taste the local oysters, tour the island – a 2-hour walk – and put an end to this beautiful day with a visit:
- Musée Napoléonien : the house where Napoleon spent a few days before leaving for his exile on another island, Saint-Helena.
- Musée Africain : the African museum with zoological and ethnographic collections
- Saint-Martin church and priory: don’t forget to have a look at the little crypt
- Maison de la Nacre: the mother-of-pearl house to discover Île d’Aix‘s specialty and bring back an original gift
- Fort Liédot: Napoleon himself is said to have drawn it
It’s the end of the day on Île d’Aix. Your boat awaits you to take you back to your campsite where you can rest from your lovely adventure in your cozy mobile home, motor home or your tent, and think “what a fantastic day, let’s go back tomorrow! ».
Campings.online‘s tip: go visit Île d’Aix in low season – springtime or end of summer – to fully appreciate its quiet atmosphere. Many campsites will offer your good deals during those periods.