Although tiny at 1.19km² and with a population of only 220 the Ile d’Aix has remarkable history as the setting of a number of significant battles in French history. During the Hundred Years’ War in the 12th Century the English and French held a number of battles here due to it being located directly between the demarcation lines of both territories, the English captured it for 15 years before it was taken back by France. It was captured again by the English during the Seven Years War in 1757 before Napoleon fought his last battle on French soil here in advance of being captured and transferred to St Helena.
The island is now famous as a beautiful day-tripping spot where a popular way to explore the island is on horseback and at a snails pace. There are a few small hotels and guesthouses on the island where you can spend a few peaceful days eating local seafood and enjoying the sights but most people tend to come as a daytrip from La Rochelle or Rochefort. The island prides itself on being a slice of serene, postcard-perfect France and it is possible to spend as little as an hour or many a day here given the wonderful atmosphere and hospitality.
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