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Ile d'Oleron

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About Ile d'Oleron

Oléron Island is just off France’s Atlantic Coast, just to the west of Rochefort on the Bay of Biscay, in the Poitou-Charentes region. It’s the second largest of France’s islands, after Corsica, and is a mild and fertile spot with about the ‘right’ amount of rainfall, so it’s really very pretty and very popular with French holidaymakers. The best places to stay on the Île d'Oléron tend to be around the best beaches, but there are a number of towns on the island so there’s plenty of choice.

There’s also something to be said for some of the island’s campsites, they don’t feature in our Guru’s list of the best places to stay on the Île d'Oléron, but that’s because we value our creature comforts too much!

You cross to the Île d'Oléron on a bridge almost three kilometres long, and you’ll find your car or bike useful once you get to the island. In fact if you’re looking for a lovely place for a cycling holiday the Île d'Oléron might be for you.

The island is also ideal if you like long beaches, which are ideal for surfers and horse riders, or if you like poking around old buildings, port towns and villages. It’s also a great spot for seafood-lovers. Guests staying on the Île d'Oléron enjoy many of the charms of the more fashionable Île de Ré, but with a lot less froufrou.

Don't forget to book well ahead if you plan to visit during the peak summer months. The best places to stay in the Ile d'Oleron are very popular!

For the beach

  • Le Grand Large is a Le Corbusier inspired hotel right on one Oléron’s best beaches. Many of the rooms have wonderful, panoramic views over the Bay of Biscay, and they all have sleek, neutral decor and vibrant, geometric art.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay on the Île d'Oléron for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on the Île d'Oléron, expand the search to include the Ile de Re or the whole of Poitou-Charentes, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Ile d'Oleron

  • Le Grand Large 27 rooms from £114

    Dolus d'Oleron, Ile d'Oleron

    Le Corbusier inspired hotel on the Island of Oleron, situated right by the beach. Sleekly decorated rooms offer stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Biscay. Leather furniture and neutral tones contrasting with vibrant geometric shapes give a freshness to match the Atlantic coast and cuisine.

    Views  -  Stunning ocean views and the perfect spot for enjoying the sunset
    On the beach  -  Located on one of Oleron's best beaches
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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