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île de Ré or île d’Oléron?

Just ten kilometers apart, separated by the Pertuis d’Antioche, Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron are the two most popular islands in the Charente archipelago. Every year, they vie for supremacy in the Bay of Biscay.

Not sure which one to choose for your next vacation? This article should help you make your choice.

Similar landscapes

Fine sandy beaches, dunes, forests, a mild oceanic climate all year round, exceptional sunshine: Ré la Blanche and Oléron La Lumineuse are home to extraordinary landscapes that are similar in many ways.

The island of Ré is also famous for its salt marshes, and Oléron for its oyster farm (the largest in Europe). This first difference could tip your balance one way or the other.

Our campsite on the Ile de Ré offers privileged access to the island’s salt marshes, beaches and cycle paths!

Local catering

Both islands have numerous restaurants offering excellent traditional cuisine. When it comes to gastronomy, there’s something for every taste, whatever your destination.

There are plenty of markets where you can shop and discover local flavours.

Note that there are more gastronomic and bistronomic establishments on the island of Ré, so if you want to treat yourself without spending too much, don’t hesitate to ask us for advice during your stay!

Different atmospheres

The authentic charm of the Ile de Ré is characterized by its traditional villages with narrow streets surrounded by white houses with colorful shutters and lively harbors. It’s often preferred for its aesthetic, refined and lively feel, while preserving nature and tranquility.

On the other hand, the island of Oleron is larger and has a more relaxed, family atmosphere. It is renowned for its vast, unspoilt beaches, ideal for those who love to relax.

Both islands offer stunning scenery, delicious food, outdoor activities and historic attractions. The choice between Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron often depends on the style and atmosphere of the vacation you’re looking for!

Oléron for small budgets

In general, life on the Ile d’Oléron is a little less expensive than on the Ile de Ré. With free access by road, you can already save a few euros when crossing the bridge over the Ile de Ré. If you’re on a tight vacation budget, you’ll want to consider camping Le Fief Melin in Le Chateau d’Oléron, for example.

Ré for harbours and cycle tourism

If you’re enchanted by fishing villages, head for the Ile de Ré. You’ll find picturesque harbors (La Flotte, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Ars-en-Ré) that have retained their charm of yesteryear.

Ré is also a paradise for cyclists. The island’s network of 110 km of cycle paths allows you to cycle safely all over the island, which stretches for 30 km.

More activities on the Ile de Ré and affordable services to discover at our campsite!