Ile D'oleron

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  1. Vlad The Impaler

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    Got 11 days off starting next Friday ,the tunnel is booked and the kids and dog are excited and was thinking of heading for the ile d'oleron.
    We are hoping to find a few beaches suitable for body boarding and are interested in any Aires or sites close to the beaches .I know it's school holiday time and it will be busy but any ideas and advice welcome .



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    It's a long drive. maybe one to try on route
    Tharon plage near Saint Nazaire has a nice aire and beaches
    Tharon plage

    Aire to beach 5 mins on foot

    EDIT aire has 6 electric points (Schuko/euro) so a splitter would be advantageous if busy. Borne is included at €10.80 per night. It is a Camping carparks aire and you charge your card with €12 euros at a time from a credit card.
     
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    Le Grand-Village-Plage (above) is the sort of flat sandy west-facing spot you'll catch bodyboarding waves at if there's any swell, but MH parking is very limited and there's a height barrier well short of the beach. Your best bet with Oleron is find an aire and cycle to wherever you want to go - it's not a MH friendly place parking-wise but is well-served with cycle tracks. On the plus side there's a couple of aires that are ex campsites so you get generous soft pitches for not very much. Take a look at the Poitou-Charente section here - info hasn't been updated for some time but if they're still open it's still valid. There's also a reasonably-priced campsite outside the moat at Chateau d'Oleron with a decent-sized supermarket just round the corner.
     
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    Thanks for your replies ,I know it's a fair drive and I am not worried about how long it takes , as far as west facing beaches go I know that's the key ,surf wise ,if need be I could l head further south Bordeaux way .
    Summer in cornwall has enough swell for the kids so I'm looking for the nearest French equivalent .




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    22 Acsi campsites on Oleron - we stayed in Le Suroit and another that I can't remember. Both close to the beach, and very easy to cycle around the island. Only thing is in July/August it is VERY busy with the French on holiday.
     
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    Aire: ST-PIERRE-D'OLERON (4*)
    ADDRESS: OUTSIDE MUN. CAMPING "LA COTINIERE", AVE DES PINS

    TEL: 05 46 47 10 53 (CAMPING) 05 46 47 02 83 (MAIRIE) FAX: 05 46 75 23 44 (CAMP)

    EMAIL: accueil@saint-pierre-oleron.com

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC/ TOILETS

    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 8


    PRICES/ RATES: JETONS FROM CAMPSITE

    PARKING: 7€ / NIGHT (2 PERS.) incl. WATER SERVICES: 4€ WATER or ELECTRIC

    OPENING TIMES: 01/04 -- 30/09

    GPS COORDS: N45.92389 W01.34265

    DIRECTIONS: Take D728 to ILE D'OLERON, becoming D734 on island. In town turn LEFT into ROUTE DE LA COTINIERE (D274) & continue to coast. Turn RIGHT into AVE DU PORT & straight on into AVE DES PINS -- AIRE & CAMPING are on RIGHT after 2kms.

    SITE DESCRIPTION The aire is in a small gravel parking area next to the municipal campsite, fenced & under the shade of tall pine trees with access to the campsite facilities -- sanitary block, play area, picnic area & boules. The aire is on the west side of the island in a pine forested area, 200m from the sea (with a very good beach) & about 2km (level walk or ride) to La Cotiniere where there are some shops & a market (Rue du Centre) every day. Euro-Relais service point with drainage grid.

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    Have used the two ex camp site aires on D'Oleron, though the facilities are well used they all work. At €9.50pn they are good value. The aire at Le Chateau D'Oleron is some distance from the town but provided you don't have a mh over 7m there is limited daytime mh parking in a car park in the centre of town.
    Move further into the island and at St Denis there is another former camp site aire and this too offers excellent facilities.
    We were there in May and it was clear D'Oleron is a holiday destination for the FRench and you may find at this time of the year the sites are crowded and the narrow roads full of holiday makers. At busy times we have always made it our aim to be at an Aire by 3.00pm as after that there is little chance of getting and emplacement.

    Have a good time it is a beautiful area.
     
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    Your going to find it difficult on the coast in July>August let alone the islands..... Not impossible but difficult finding a stopover and you may end up staying away from coast without booking in advance..
     
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    so much great info on this site thank you funsters.
     
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    Just googled campsites on the island and around the Bordeaux area, I was very surprised nearly all have space when I try and book a pitch online !
    I'm leaving on the 17 th and I've allowed an overnight stop ,I'm just looking at 2 or 3 nights here and there .Some sites have a min 7 night stay but the ones that don't nearly all have availability



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    image.jpg We have just returned great island Pic is going over the bridge we stayed in the middle of the island at le domain d oleron camp site very good site with good cycle routes.
     
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    Make sure you check out that beaches are dog friendly as many won't be at that time of the year
     
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    If you're going further afield like south of the Gironde and want a proper surfy vibe to the place try Lacanau-Ocean, which has an aire that's set a bit back from the main beaches, but with excellent cycle access to the seafront. You've also got the wooded Plages-Sud car park which has no height barriers if you want to commute to the beach in the MH. Overnighting there is not looked upon kindly by the Gendarmerie though.

    La Palmyre is also a favourite of ours, but not ideal for wave riding. The beaches between the lighthouse and Spanish Point look like they have some steep shelves and dodgy currents, and it's a fair old haul on a bike anyway, but if there's no prospect of swell at all there's plenty of other stuff to be doing round that area.
     
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