Deep in the sea, between Oléron and Rochefort, lies the mysterious Ile d’Aix. Discover this little piece of land, follow me, I’ll guide you.
Let’s set sail for La Tranche sur Mer.
Take the car to the La Tranche sur Mer pier, then climb aboard one of the boats that will take you to the magnificent Ile d’Aix.
For prices and details, visit : https: //www.inter-iles.com/au-depart-de-la-tranche-sur-mer You’ll also find departure and return times, updated in real time according to the weather.
This will take you to the south of the island. Let’s map out your day together ! You can do it all on foot. And if you prefer, consider renting a bike in advance on the mainland or on the island to get around more quickly. On this island, cars are forbidden, so it’s nice to be able to stroll around in complete serenity.
You can start by heading for the island’s lighthouse. A short 5-minute stroll will allow you to stretch your legs. Since 1840, this building has been guiding sailors. Over time, it has been improved and is now controlled remotely from La Rochelle. You can’t visit it, but you can take a look around. Enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks and savor the incredible view. If you look carefully, you may catch a glimpse of the Oleronaise coast and the famous Fort Boyard.
To finish off the morning, before lunch you can head to the beach at Anse de la Croix before it gets too hot. Enjoy the soft sand and clear water to invigorate yourself. You can enjoy a dip in the water, sunbathing or family games.
A break to regain your strength is not a bad thing!
For lunch, you have two options. If you’d like to bring your own picnic, enjoy it on one of the island’s magnificent beaches :
- Sable Jaune beach,
- La plage aux Coquillages
- The great beach
- Golden sands
Alternatively, we can recommend a meal at one of the island’s restaurants. With its wooden terrace and green setting, L’isola Nostra welcomes you all summer long. Fresh, local produce is on offer. Here you can recharge your batteries before setting off again.
The north of the island of Aix awaits you to continue your Aix-en-Provence tour.
After this short break, it’s time to discover the northern part of the island. To do so, head for Fort Liédot, open from late April to late September. You can discover all its secrets on a guided tour costing €7.50 for an adult. Trace its history from its appearance in 1808, under Napoleon’s orders, to protect the island.
For full details of prices and opening times, visit the fort’s website at : https: //www.fortliedot.com/visites/. This tour is also available on your own. At the moment, an exhibition on Fort Boyard is also available.
Speaking of the latter, it’s finally time to approach him. On your return to the mainland, some cruise lines offer to take you on a tour of the fort and tell you all about its history. Unfortunately, this fort is not open to the public.
If you have time during the day, here are some other nice places to see during your walk:
- The Ile d’Aix pontoon
- The statue of Napoleon
- The powder magazine
Note that the island’s specialities are numerous, so perhaps you’ll have the opportunity to taste some during your lunch. If not, you can find a market or a grocery store. Specialties include :
- The eel, the fish we all know
- L’éclade, a way of barbecuing mussels with a variety of flavours, to be enjoyed with a glass of chilled white wine and bread spread with butter.
- The elver, also a fish, is in fact an eel that has not yet reached adult size. It can be eaten sautéed in butter, garlic and parsley.
- The douzane, a brioche and braided pastry that measures between 10 and 15 cm.