Discover the village of artists and creators of Château d'Oléron

Le Château-d'Oléron
Discover the village  ...

With its imposing citadel as a backdrop, its wild marshes and its shimmering huts, Château-d'Oléron offers picturesque island landscapes frozen in time. In the Portet district along the channels, the authentic little wooden huts testify to the ancestral oyster farming activity of the island of Oléron. Some are still used by oyster farmers while others are now home to abundant artistic creativity. Craftsmen, creators and restorers have taken over the premises to create a veritable village of artists in the heart of a bucolic natural environment. Head to the port of Château-d'Oléron to discover this inspiring place!


The Chateau-d'Oleron
The Chateau-d'Oleron

Preserving oyster farming heritage by promoting crafts

The Chateau-d'Oleron
The Chateau-d'Oleron
The Chateau-d'Oleron

A superb color palette that dazzles


Marennes-Oléron being the first oyster basin in Europe, it is not surprising that the ports and oyster villages are part of the decor here! How pleasant it is to stroll through these little havens of peace punctuated by the tides, observing the comings and goings of the flat boats loaded with oysters towards the wooden huts installed along the channels, usually reserved for handling precious seashells. At Château-d'Oléron, however, art and oyster farming have come together in a unique project with the desire to give the huts a second life and to safeguard this unique heritage. The result is breathtaking! For twenty years, an anthology of artists, each more talented than the next, has transformed the obsolete and unoccupied cabins into small studios, workshops, stalls or art galleries, and have settled there as residences, generously encouraged by the town hall. From 20 to 80 m2, these huts have neither sanitation nor running water: they remain places of professional activity for the artists and not dwellings.


Le Chateau-d'Oleron
A real pleasure for the eyes
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron


Oyster farmers and artists work in harmony in this rural setting to the delight of visitors. Open all year round , the creators' village "Couleurs Cabanes" has become a real must-see tourist attraction on the island of Oléron!

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Immersion in the world of local artisans

In this postcard setting, more than thirty artists welcome you to their workshops through the village, divided into four "districts": at the end of the port, on the discovery trail, to Fort Pâté and along of the Channel.


Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron

Four signposted artistic walks also offer the possibility of meeting this wide variety of artistic expressions on this same site: creators of jewellery, clothing and textiles, puzzles and wooden games, leatherworkers, painters, sculptors, calligrapher, illustrator, weaver, glass blower, blacksmith cutler, soap maker… and even a luthier craftsman specializing in the manufacture of ukuleles!


Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron

Listen! Sylvain Enjoubaut, luthier ukulele specialist welcomes you to his workshop, between smells of wood and varnish


In an often quirky atmosphere, these cabins give pride of place to creativity and novelty. The workshops are full of marvels and unique, handmade creations. The craftsmen, happy to share the passion for their profession, invite you to observe their work: a real demonstration of their dexterity and their know-how. We recognize that this enchanting setting is conducive to nurturing their talent and excellence!


Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron
Le Chateau-d'Oleron


In addition to artists and craftsmen, restaurant owners have taken over this colorful village. Tasting without moderation oysters, fish, and seafood in these huts on stilts plunges us into a friendly atmosphere and delights our taste buds with local flavors!

You have understood it, an artists' village such as that of the Château d'Oléron cannot be told, it can be explored with all the senses!


Le Chateau-d'Oleron
The kaleidoscopic magic of Couleurs Cabanes

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Article and photos prepared by Lesley Williamson for the Guide Charente Maritime


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