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Make a holiday apartment in Ile d'Aix your home away from home

Just 3 km long and 600 metres wide, Ile d’Aix is a tiny jewel of an island home to several well-preserved examples of French military architecture. It is also well known for its charming village, scenic trails, and sandy beaches. HomeAway has a good selection of holiday apartments on Ile d’Aix, most of which are either right on the water or have water views. Numerous holiday homes are also available that can accommodate larger groups and like the holiday apartments in Ile d’Aix, all are well facilitated and maintained for a comfortable stay.

Things to do

Ile d’Aix is a small, beautiful island that is probably best known for its connection with Napoleon. He first visited in the island in 1808, only to return 7 years later following the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon spent his last days on French soil here, as he made a failed attempt to escape to America. 200 years later, Ile d’Aix has transformed into an idyllic holiday destination with peaceful hiking trails, beaches, and reminders from its fascinating past.

-The beaches are a major draw. Despite the small size of Ile d’Aix, the island has four separate beaches. The largest is La Grande Plage, which is a broad sandy beach perfect for sunbathing and swimming. La Plage aux Coquillages has a few more pebbles and is smaller, but is also more sheltered. Tiny Plage de l’anse de la Croix is the closest to town and boasts a view of Fort de la Rade.

-Hiking and cycling are favoured ways to spend time during stays in an Ile d’Aix holiday home. The mild weather on Ile d’Aix makes it well suited for outdoor activities and as there are few cars on the island, the preferred method of travel is on a bicycle or on foot. Ile d’Aix is small enough to traverse easily on a bicycle and marked trails wrap around the island, offering unparalleled views of the the Bay of Biscay and the French mainland.

-Fort de la Rade dates back to the early 18th century and was built to provide protection against the English. Covering the southern tip of the island, it is just a stone’s throw away from town and numerous Ile d’Aix holiday apartments.

-Fort Liedot is located on the northern half of the island. Fort Liedot was commission by Napoleon himself as an “indestructible and impregnable” structure. Sitting at the highest point on the island, the fort was able to accommodate 600 soldiers when it was completed in 1835. It was later converted into a prison for military and political prisoners and operated as such until the middle of the 20th century. Today, it is open to visitors.

-Ile d’Aix village is the hub of life on the island. The island is dotted with homes and business, but most of the holiday apartments in Ile d’Aix are situated within its village. Located on the southern half of the island just north of Fort de la Rade, this charming row of streets is home to boutique shops and restaurants that are a favourite with holidaymakers and day trippers.

The Weather in Ile d'Aix

Ile d’Aix enjoys warm summers, with high temperatures peaking in the high 20s in August. The island is pleasantly warm from April through October each year, during which there is only a small amount of rainfall. Winters on Ile d’Aix are relatively mild, and low temperatures hover well above freezing.

Getting to Ile d'Aix

As Ile d’Aix is an island, the only way to reach it is by ferry. Ferries depart regularly from the nearby town of Fouras throughout the year. During the island’s high season (summer), there are also ferries available from La Rochelle and Oleron. La Rochelle Airport receives flights from London, Paris, and other major European cities, making Ile d’Aix easily accessible.

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                                                                                                      A beautifully presented and welcoming house

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We were delighted with the house from the minute we walked through the door. The décor is cool and chic, with lots of natural stone and wood, complimentary to its location and with some tasteful,personal touches. The kitchen is singularly well equipped and all was spotlessly clean.The beds are comfortable and the storage areas generally adequate. You need to be very familiar with your friends as there is only one bathroom! The owners kept in touch and were extremely helpful with advice and patient with my French. It is a place to which we will happily return in the future.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

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                                                                                                      The property was presented very clean, tidy and full of all utensils, white goods etc., leaving you wanting for nothing. The house proved to be very comfortable and the garden, outdoor furniture and BBQ also very well used. Restaurants/ice cream parlours/boutiques were all present to tempt you, including the one and only hotel on the island with bar/restaurant and accommodation. Beaches were a stone's throw away and especially important for parents with children were the absence of cars, meaning you felt safe walking around the island. Bicycles were a bonus and the various cycle shops would provide a variety of bikes to choose from.....the island being practically flat meant that there was no strenuous exercise. The real winner was Madeleine, the proprietor, who was extremely helpful and friendly, to the point of pulling our luggage on her trolley to the boat!! The boat ride (20 mins) was a brief but enjoyable interlude. Definitely recommend anyone to stay here......as a matter of fact, we will wish to return for a few days after the summer holidays are over this year. Steve & Rosemary Andrews and our Bowden family with identical 4 year-old twins !!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      The property is very nice, centrally located.

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                                                                                                      The property is very nice, centrally located. Since we visited it at the end of holiday season it was very quite and peaceful. The town itself is charming, has some old properties and small parks. You can buy oysters and other seafood directly from small producers nearby.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016