Visit of Fort Boyard
Napoleonic maritime fortification built between the island of Aix and the island of Oleron, Fort Boyard owes its current celebrity to the televised game which it is the setting since 1990. Visible from the coast and particularly well since Fouras, the fort can also be approached by boat during specific cruises or inter-island crossings. Sea trips to the fort are proposed from the port of La Rochelle, Fouras or Bourcefranc side continent. It is also possible to make a crossing to Aix with detour commented by the fort. From Ile de Ré, you can embark for Fort Boyard at the port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. The walk, from 2:30 to 3 hours, takes you under the impressive bridge connecting the island to the mainland. Several options are available from Saint-Martin: sea trips in the exclusive direction of the fort, or walks to the fort with stopover in La Rochelle or on the island of Aix.
Tourist activities on the island of Aix
Boat trips to the island of Aix are usually an opportunity to admire Fort Boyard up close. A stopover or a day trip will allow you to discover the incredible diversity of landscapes concentrated on this small island of 129 hectares. On site, bike rental is a good way to embrace the richness of the territory between vineyards, forest, marshes, beaches and cliffs. More original and family, the carriage ride has the advantage of being commented. Some remarkable sites and monuments are also worth visiting on the island of Aix: among them, the Napoleonic museum in the house where the emperor lived his last days in France. North of the island, Fort Liédot is also worth a visit. In the center of the fortified village of Aix, the House of Nacre exhibits beautiful achievements and sublime seashells. Finally go to the large beach to swim while enjoying a breathtaking view of Fort Boyard.