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Fort Énet
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Fort Énet is a fortification in Pointe de la Fumée, France built on the Énet islet between Fouras-les-Bains and Aix Island.

The story of Fort Énet is incomplete without mentioning the Battle of Aix Roads because that’s when it all began.

The Battle of Aix Roads

n the Napoleonic Wars between the British and the French, The Battle of Aix Roads, otherwise known as the Battle of the Basque Roads was a significant Naval Battle that took place in April 1809. The French Atlantic Fleet was fighting a losing battle against the Royal Navy in trying to defend the entryway to the Charente river and the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort. The French Atlantic Fleet of 15 warships were severely outnumbered by the 34 small yet powerful Royal Navy warships. The shallow and narrow coastal water in which the battle was fought, the sailors of the French Fleet panicked and their ships were grounded. 

Lord Cochrane who personally led a fleet of fire ships and bomb vessels into the Basque Roads, deliberately released burning ships on the French fleet in the roadstead of the Aix Island. Needless to say, the French lost the battle, but they learnt their lesson.

Construction of Fort Énet

Following the disastrous loss, Napoleon 1st ordered to build the Fort Énet on the Énet islet. The construction started in 1810, and after two years once it was completed, the French Army occupied it and protected the Basque Roadstead and also served as a prison.

The Risky Road to Fort Énet

The tide in these parts is quite dangerous so you can only visit Fort Énet during low tide. You must make sure to check the tide before you visit the Fort. It is a 1.6km walk on a rocky footpath between the La Pointe-de-la-Fumée Oyster park which would take about 30mins. Once you reach the Fort you will most definitely enjoy the magnificent view of the Pertuis Charentais and the Fort Boyard in the distance. 

A National Heritage Site

Fort Enet is listed as a Monument Historique. It is indexed in the Base Mérimée, a database of the French architectural patrimony maintained by the French Ministry of Culture.

TIP’s for Visiting Fort Énet

Waterproof shoes to keep your feet from getting wet from the 1.6km walk. Binoculars to look at the Fort Boyard and Pertuis Charentais. Flashlights to explore the ammunition chamber and the cells.

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Only for the Daring

Fort Énet is a fortification in Pointe de la Fumée, France built on the Énet islet between Fouras-les-Bains and Aix Island.

The story of Fort Énet is incomplete without mentioning the Battle of Aix Roads because that’s when it all began.

The Battle of Aix Roads

n the Napoleonic Wars between the British and the French, The Battle of Aix Roads, otherwise known as the Battle of the Basque Roads was a significant Naval Battle that took place in April 1809. The French Atlantic Fleet was fighting a losing battle against the Royal Navy in trying to defend the entryway to the Charente river and the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort. The French Atlantic Fleet of 15 warships were severely outnumbered by the 34 small yet powerful Royal Navy warships. The shallow and narrow coastal water in which the battle was fought, the sailors of the French Fleet panicked and their ships were grounded. 

Lord Cochrane who personally led a fleet of fire ships and bomb vessels into the Basque Roads, deliberately released burning ships on the French fleet in the roadstead of the Aix Island. Needless to say, the French lost the battle, but they learnt their lesson.

Construction of Fort Énet

Following the disastrous loss, Napoleon 1st ordered to build the Fort Énet on the Énet islet. The construction started in 1810, and after two years once it was completed, the French Army occupied it and protected the Basque Roadstead and also served as a prison.

The Risky Road to Fort Énet

The tide in these parts is quite dangerous so you can only visit Fort Énet during low tide. You must make sure to check the tide before you visit the Fort. It is a 1.6km walk on a rocky footpath between the La Pointe-de-la-Fumée Oyster park which would take about 30mins. Once you reach the Fort you will most definitely enjoy the magnificent view of the Pertuis Charentais and the Fort Boyard in the distance. 

A National Heritage Site

Fort Enet is listed as a Monument Historique. It is indexed in the Base Mérimée, a database of the French architectural patrimony maintained by the French Ministry of Culture.

TIP’s for Visiting Fort Énet

Waterproof shoes to keep your feet from getting wet from the 1.6km walk. Binoculars to look at the Fort Boyard and Pertuis Charentais. Flashlights to explore the ammunition chamber and the cells.

Pointe de la Fumée Fouras, Frankrijk

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Pointe de la Fumée Fouras, Frankrijk

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Only for the Daring

Fort Énet is a fortification in Pointe de la Fumée, France built on the Énet islet between Fouras-les-Bains and Aix Island.

The story of Fort Énet is incomplete without mentioning the Battle of Aix Roads because that’s when it all began.

The Battle of Aix Roads

n the Napoleonic Wars between the British and the French, The Battle of Aix Roads, otherwise known as the Battle of the Basque Roads was a significant Naval Battle that took place in April 1809. The French Atlantic Fleet was fighting a losing battle against the Royal Navy in trying to defend the entryway to the Charente river and the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort. The French Atlantic Fleet of 15 warships were severely outnumbered by the 34 small yet powerful Royal Navy warships. The shallow and narrow coastal water in which the battle was fought, the sailors of the French Fleet panicked and their ships were grounded. 

Lord Cochrane who personally led a fleet of fire ships and bomb vessels into the Basque Roads, deliberately released burning ships on the French fleet in the roadstead of the Aix Island. Needless to say, the French lost the battle, but they learnt their lesson.

Construction of Fort Énet

Following the disastrous loss, Napoleon 1st ordered to build the Fort Énet on the Énet islet. The construction started in 1810, and after two years once it was completed, the French Army occupied it and protected the Basque Roadstead and also served as a prison.

The Risky Road to Fort Énet

The tide in these parts is quite dangerous so you can only visit Fort Énet during low tide. You must make sure to check the tide before you visit the Fort. It is a 1.6km walk on a rocky footpath between the La Pointe-de-la-Fumée Oyster park which would take about 30mins. Once you reach the Fort you will most definitely enjoy the magnificent view of the Pertuis Charentais and the Fort Boyard in the distance. 

A National Heritage Site

Fort Enet is listed as a Monument Historique. It is indexed in the Base Mérimée, a database of the French architectural patrimony maintained by the French Ministry of Culture.

TIP’s for Visiting Fort Énet

Waterproof shoes to keep your feet from getting wet from the 1.6km walk. Binoculars to look at the Fort Boyard and Pertuis Charentais. Flashlights to explore the ammunition chamber and the cells.

Pointe de la Fumée Fouras, Frankrijk

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Pointe de la Fumée Fouras, Frankrijk

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