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Itinerary 6 - The Madame Island 4.4 mi - 2h

in Port-des-Barques
6.1 km
  • It is through the Passe aux Boeufs that you'll discover the Madame Island. Accessible only at low tide it offers a varied natural and historical panorama. Beware of tidal schedules.

  • At the estuary of the Charente river, the Madame Island is discovered during low tide (access by the Passe aux Boeufs) to reveal its secrets both geological, historical and ecological. She will not leave you indifferent thanks to its great botanical wealth. The island tour offers an interesting view of the coast and of the estuary of the Charente.
  • Difference in height
    19.44 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 The Pebble Cross
This cross made of pebbles taken from the "Passe aux Boeufs" is located on the site of a burial ground where four bodies arranged in a cross were found in 1890 (Source: Le Patrimoine des communes de Charente-Maritime - éditions Flohic)
3 Insurgent well
After the events of the Paris Commune (1871), hundreds of insurgents were incarcerated at the Fort de l'Ile Madame while awaiting their transfer to the penal colony of New Caledonia. It was they who built this cistern well in order to collect a source of fresh water (Source: Le Patrimoine des communes de Charente-Maritime - éditions Flohic)
4 Pontoon
A carrelet consists of a net set on a square frame, suspended from the end of a pole. The carrelet pontoon is undeniably part of the heritage not only of Île Madame but also of the Charente estuary. This device makes it possible to catch mullets, eels, shrimps, bass and sole. (Source: Le Patrimoine des communes de Charente-Maritime - éditions Flohic)
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19 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 2 m
  • End altitude : 2 m
  • Maximum altitude : 6 m
  • Total positive elevation : 19 m
  • Total negative elevation : -19 m
  • Max positive elevation : 3 m
  • Min positive elevation : -4 m