The “Battle of Aix Roads”
The story of Fort Enet begins with the "Battle of Aix Roads".
In April 1809, the English Navy deliberately released burning ships on the French fleet in the roadstead of the Aix Island. It was utter chaos. Imagine the scene; 34 English ships against 15 French ships that absolutely must defend the entrance of the Charente and therefore the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort. In a note to Napoleon, Admiral Zacharie Allemand described the battle: "Nothing could stop them led by a violent wind. We had no enemies to fight but a general and incendiary destruction to avoid (...). The sea was on fire. "
The Fort Enet at the Pointe de la Fumée in Fouras-les-Bains
To avoid a similar battle in the upcoming years, Napoleon 1st, required the construction of Fort Enet on the Enet islet between Fouras-les-Bains and Aix Island...
In 1810, the construction of Fort Enet began and two years later the French army took possession of the fort. From there, it protected the roadstead and also served as a prison.
Guided visit of Fort Enet
Wait until the low tide to visit this unusual fort and walk a 1.6 km long pass between the oyster parks of La Pointe-de-la-Fumée. Here's a little tip : put some wellies or any pair of waterproofs shoes to keep your feet dry.
You will not regret the half-hour walk to the Fort Enet! You'll enjoy the exceptional view of the Pertuis Charentais and the Fort Boyard in the distance. Do not forget your binoculars to enjoy this panorama.
Discover this listed historical monument, a building full of history, with your guide, Isabelle, : the casemates, the communal and convict cells, the officers' chambers, the ammunition store ...
Bring your flashlight to see all the details of the cells and the ammunition store.