The villages of the Ile de Ré
Want to visit the island of Ré? A true jewel of the Charente-Maritime, the island is home to 10 authentic villages, each with its own unique character. Thanks to its 110 km of bike paths, we invite you to discover the region by bikein order to reach the four corners of the island. Feel free to check out our accommodationsand our availability for your stay on the island of Ré! While waiting for your trip to the Office de Tourisme de l’île de Ré, we reveal the different facets of each of the 10 villages.
Famous for its summer market, this seaside resort located in the center of the island will make you dream with its vineyards, its pine forests, its 6 kilometers of fine sand beaches and its sand dunes. The center of the village is animated by the biggest market of the island of Ré and by numerous shops and restaurants which will make the happiness of the finest gourmets. Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré being the starting point of many bicycle excursions, you can easily leave to discover the other villages of the island. This village is just waiting for you to discover it.
Saint-Clément des Baleines
Saint-Clément-des-Baleines will welcome you with its famous Phare des Baleines! This is an opportunity to take the height to discover the island of Ré in a completely different form. The Phare des Baleines museum invites you to discover the fabulous history of lighthouses and their construction methods. Farniente on the largest sandy beach of the island, sporty stroll, nature … Saint-Clément-des-Baleines has preserved its agricultural and rural character, to meet all your expectations!
You’ll recognize Ars-en-Ré from afar thanks to the black and white spire of its Saint-Etienne church, over 40 meters high. Classified among the most beautiful villages of France, Ars-en-Ré will surprise you with its history, its port, its salt marshes and its salt marshes. Let yourself be enchanted by its paved alleys full of flowers, each one more photogenic than the other. A destination appreciated by vacationers for its calm and its unique heritage!
A true island within an island, between land and sea, Loix welcomes you from the bicycle paths bordering the salt marshes, to the discovery of its artisanal village: soap factory, honey factory, artists’ workshops… A true Rétaise identity!
With its 5 km of beaches, the seaside resort of La Couarde-sur-Mer will be the ideal point of all your departures of bike rides, or your nautical activities: sailing, kite surfing, jet ski… Don’t wait any longer to marry discovery and sports activities!
Famous thanks to its Vauban fortifications, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saint-Martin-De-Ré is the historical capital of the island. Take the opportunity to get some height from the observatory bell tower of Saint-Martin-de-Ré or its Ernest Cognacq museum, Art and History museum of the island of Ré. One of the most beautiful villages of the island of Ré is a must-see to discover the many treasures of the heritage of Ré: the hotel of Clerjotte, the Citadel, the half-timbered house of the Vinaterie…
Classified as the “Most Beautiful Village in France”, La Flotte will delight history lovers. With its medieval-inspired market, the Fort la Prée or the Abbaye des Châteliers, it is entire generations that cross paths in La Flotte! Making a detour to La Flotte during your stay invites you to a little cultural break. End your stroll in the port and then on the Plage de l’Arnérault, around which you will find many restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors.
Hilly terrain, between sea and vineyards, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré will delight you with its market, its year-round entertainment, its thalassotherapy center, or its wilderness walks. The oldest village of the island of Ré is easily recognizable thanks to its two-colored bell tower which calls out to visitors from the bridge of the island of Ré. Its beautiful beaches are a must-see for surfers and water sports enthusiasts.
As soon as you cross the bridge, you will be immersed in the atmosphere of a typical village of the Ile de Ré. You will discover the famous “Redoute de Sablanceaux” built by Vauban in the 17th century, but also the woods and undergrowth of Rivedoux-Plage which will rhyme with stroll and relaxation. The large beaches will delight swimmers, but also lovers of fishing on foot during high tides.
Located at the tip of the island, Les-Portes-en-Ré is a quiet and peaceful village that gives us the feeling of being at the end of the world. You can get there by taking the bicycle path that crosses the Nature Reserve of Lilleau des Niges, in order to admire the marshes and have the chance to observe hundreds of bird species. Discover in this village, the natural, preserved and wild face of the island of Ré.