The Isle of Aix ( Île d’Aix in French) is just a short ferry ride from Fouras, on the west coast of France, but worlds away.
It’s a small island with only 200 inhabitants but a popular day trip with tourists during the summer months.
The Isle of Aix is best experienced before and after all the tourists have arrived. Then you’ll have romantic alcoves and long stretches of beaches all to yourself. I highly recommend spending a night there.
Automobiles are not allowed on the island without special permission.
The island is small so everyone walks or cycles their way around. I cycled around the island in just over an hour at a leisurely pace.
The highlights on the island include the Fort Liédot, a former military prison and a couple of museums.
But it’s not about sightseeing on the Isle of Aix, it’s about experiencing it:
When I reflect back on my time on the Isle of Aix, what I remember most was how I felt: happy, relaxed, at ease, stress-free….and the most incredible sunsets:
Know Before You Go to the Isle of Aix:
- The island can be reached from Fouras year round or from La Rochelle or Oléron during the summer.
- I stayed at the l’hôtel Napoléon (Hotel Napoleon) and would recommend it. It’s an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary designs. The restaurant is also really good. I especially enjoyed dining on the outdoor terrace.
- It’s worth renting a bike, even if you’re just visiting for the day. It’s a great way to see the island. The bike rentals are on the main path into town. You can’t miss them.
- Bring a good book, the alcoves and beaches are great places to relax.
- You may also be interested in What Not to Miss in Poitou-Charentes, France my article on TravelDudes.
- Contact Tourism Poitou-Charentes for further information.
Thank you to TravelDudes and to Tourism Poitou-Charentes for making my visit possible. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.