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Known locally as ‘Fort Du Chapus’, the Fort Louvois was constructed between the years 1691 and 1694 during the reign of Louis XIV. The fort is approximately 400 meters (1,300 feet) off the nearest shore. The Fort saw its first action towards the tail end of World War II and needed intensive restoration post the war. Tourists can partake in an exhibition that describes the fort’s history or indulge themselves at an oyster farming museum also located here. The fort itself is in the shape of a horse-shoe. Use our Marennes trip planning website to visit Fort Louvois on your trip to Marennes, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Fort Louvois reviews
We've seen quite a few Vauban-made sites so far. This is definitely a very tiny version, but nonetheless shows the genius. We did walk to Fort Louvois and back, enjoying to know that the walkway will.... more »
A great historical fort which has to be reached by boat at certain times of the day as it gets cut off by the sea. Some steep steps and a jump from the boat to the jetty and take a rain coat as it's.... more »
Interesting historical fort island. You can walk out at low tide (2-5pm in August), or take a free boat at high tide.
Love this place! Been twice and would happily go again. The little walk to the fort is daunting when the tide is coming in so be prepared to get wet or wait for the boat! I like the fact that their are no barriers around things so you can get up close and personal with the grounds. (UK heath and safety would go nuts!) Staff are helpful and pleasant and if you attempt to speak French they will certainly assist in your endeavours!
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