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Discover Fort Boyard from the campsite

Fort Boyard is approached by boat from La Rochelle, but the shortest crossing is from Fouras, 25 minutes south of Beaulieu. The pier is 30 km from La Rochelle, going down the coast by Châtelaillon-Plage and Yves.

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Fort Boyard Presentation

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Military fort whose construction lasted more than half a century and which was never finally used for its intended defensive purposes, Fort Boyard is now famous for hosting the game show that bears its name since 1990. If the interior of the fort cannot be visited, it is possible to get as close as possible to the building by means of guided cruises. These can be carried out from many ports of Charente-Maritime and Vendée, including Fouras, La Rochelle, Boyardville on Île d’Oléron, or Rochefort. The crossing is often an opportunity to visit the nearby island of Aix, whose history is closely linked to that of the fort.

Top 5 Things to Know About Fort Boyard

  • Fastly useless because overtaken by the progress of artillery, the famous fort was almost demolished in the middle of the 19th century.
  • Fort Boyard served as a prison at the end of the 19th century for Prussian soldiers of the War of 1870 and communards in transit to the New Caledonia convicts.
  • The fort is built on a sandbank: a technical feat for a construction that began at the dawn of the 19th century.
  • The gaming company Jacques Antoine does not own the premises, but has negotiated the exclusive right to operate them with the General Council of Charente-Maritime to whom it sold the fort for the symbolic euro.
  • Annual contests organized by the department allow the winners to visit the interior of the fort !
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