The villages of the Ile de Ré
Famous for its summer market, the largest on the Ile de Ré and a true social hub, Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré offers a dream environment with vineyards, pine forests and 6 kilometres of fine sandy beaches. If you’re looking for an authentic taste of France, this village is just waiting for you!
Saint-Clément des Baleines is a delightful destination, with its famous Phare des Baleines lighthouse. This incredible monument affords superb views of the Île de Ré from a totally different perspective. Whether you want to relax, go for energetic walks or commune with nature, Saint-Clément des Baleines will meet all your expectations!
Ars-en-Ré can be recognised from afar due to the black and white spire of its church, Saint-Etienne, which is over 40 metres high. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Ars-en-Ré will amaze you with its history, port, flowered streets and salt marshes and the people who work in them. A unique heritage!
A true island within an island, between land and sea, Loix can be easily reached by the cycle paths bordering the salt marshes. Its craft village offers an array of typical Île de Ré activities: soap factory, honey farm, artists’ studios, etc.
With 5 km of beaches, the seaside resort of La Couarde-sur-Mer is an ideal starting point for all your bike trips and water activities: sailing, kite surfing, jet skiing, etc. Exploring and water sports go hand in hand!
Famous for its Vauban fortifications, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is the island’s historic capital. You can climb the church tower of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, which affords a panoramic view of the town, and visit the Ernest Cognacq Museum, the Île de Ré’s Museum of Art and History.
Ranked as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, La Flotte will delight history lovers. With its medieval-inspired market, Fort la Prée and Abbaye des Châteliers, numerous generations converge in La Flotte! It is also remarkable for the unique atmosphere of its port and the proximity of the Plage de l’Arnérault.
Sainte-Marie-de-Ré lies in rolling countryside between the sea and the vineyards, and will delight you with its market, year-round activities, thalassotherapy centre and walks in an unspoilt natural environment.
As soon as you cross the bridge, you are plunged into the atmosphere of a typical Ile de Ré village. You can explore the famous “Redoute de Sablanceaux” built by Vauban in the 17th century, as well as the woodland around Rivedoux-Plage, perfect for walks and relaxation.
The last village at the tip of the Ile de Ré reveals the island’s wild, unspoilt side.