Île de Ré


The island of Ré is an island off the coast of La Rochelle. As part of the Charente archipelago, it is the fourth largest island in metropolitan France. It is connected to the mainland by the Île de Ré bridge. The island is nicknamed "Ré la blanche" because of the characteristic hue of its traditional houses. The holidays on the island of Ré always rhyme with great bike rides through the bike paths, small alleys typical of villages, in swamps or pine forests.

Renowned for its beautiful beaches, the island is also discovered by its infinity foreshore, rocky or muddy, which is revealed at low tide and offers exceptional walking and fishing on foot. The charming ports of Ars-en-Ré, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, and La Flotte live at the rhythm of the tides, just like the Fier d'Ars, this "inland sea", offering landscapes shaped by the man and the sea. Real "mark of manufactures" of the island of Ré, salt marshes are very present on the northern part. This natural environment is home to many plants and birds that re-energize there all year round. By bike, on foot, by paddle or canoeing in the labyrinths of maes, somewhere between sea, land and sky, you will be touched by the tranquility of the place and will discover the authentic techniques of producing coarse sea salt and the Fleur de Sel, which bloom the ocean ...

In fine weather, the Ile de Ré is transformed into a small paradise for bargain hunters where the village squares offer a multitude of flea markets and videogames where we love to lose ourselves. On the island of Ré, everything is an excuse to celebrate local products, in the spotlight during the "Régalades" and "Saveurs en Ré" events in spring, "Oyster Festival" in summer, "Shellfish Festival" "or" Grape Harvest Festival "in September.

The Isle of Ré is 78 km (1 hour by car) from Les Mathes - La Palmyre.

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