Ile de ré, an island where life is good
Île de Ré, a land where life is good all year round, is full of small villages with the charm of yesteryear and exceptional cultural and natural sites. You will find timeless landscapes in the four corners of the island that will surely amaze you. Discover Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, one of the oldest villages in Ré la Blanche, located between stretches of vines and the sea in the south-east of the island. This charming medieval village is renowned for its authenticity and its many small shops and markets throughout the year. Along the coast, you will reach Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, a seaside resort located in the heart of the island and certified as a blue flag in 2015, known for its busy streets and its bustling market, which is the most popular on Île de Ré.
Further north, venture into the island's historic capital, Saint-Martin-de-Ré a must on Île de Ré due to its fortified ramparts signed Vauban and its lively port all year round. We also advise you to make a stop at the Loix peninsula. Nestled between land, sea and salt marshes, this tourist resort is renowned for its good living and is even recognized as a Cittaslow resort. A true haven of peace where protecting the environment is paramount.
The West Retais is also highly praised by vacationers. Here you will find the town of Les Portes-en-Ré, bordered by salt marshes and the sea. This village, very quiet in winter and lively in the summer, is located on the edge of the Lilleau des Niges ornithological reserve. Along the south shore, you will reach the wild coasts of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines towered by the famous Lighthouse of Whales and the famous beach of La Couche, the largest beach on the Île de Ré. Not to mention Ars-en-Ré, classified among the most beautiful villages in France for its unique architecture and its famous church with its black and white bell tower dating from the 7th century. A lifestyle and cultural heritage that can be experienced throughout the entire island. So come and lose yourself in the flowered alleys of hollyhocks and admire these charming little houses with green shutters that delight many visitors, or go on an adventure to discover the fortresses and salt marshes. The choice is yours!