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Ile de Ré


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Island of Re

to discover

When Ré was an island


To see, north to south

The "Marais Poitevin"

La Rochelle

Island of Ré

Island of Aix



Madame Island

Island of Oléron




La Tremblade


La Palmyre









To do


Boat trips





The market


Drives through the vineyards

Drives through the marshes

Drives through the forest


To know

The Romanesque Art


The Citadel of Brouage

The Citadel of Blaye

The lighthouses

The forest of La Coubre

The marshes

The "Marais Poitevin"

The carrelets

The ostreiculture

Vine and wines

To taste






Sea food

"Terroir" products

The restaurants



New York Times - Places to Go in 2016

The island of Ré

The island of Ré stretches out over 30 km, from Sablanceaux to the lighthouse, Phare des Baleines.

Its present geography is, in fact, partly due to the work of nature and partly due to the conservation work carried out by man for the consolidation of four islands.

 Ré, closer to the mainland is the largest, Loix is a peninsula away from the main axis and is isolated by salt marshes.

Ars is linked to Ré by the channel of Martray, only a hundred metres wide.

Les Portes peninsula, with the woods of Trousse-Chemise, is at the end of the island.



We would like to offer you on this page, some guidance for a first visit or help if you need to find a place stay.

The bridge is easily accessible from La Rochelle, direction La Pallice.

Before going on the bridge, why not stop at the belvedere on the left and get a full panaromic view of the bridge and the island ?

You can also have a drink at the Café du Belvédère.



At Sablanceaux, just after the bridge, there are two options, either to take, on the left, the D201 road in the direction of Le Bois-Plage and La Couarde, or to take, on the right-hand side, the D735 road in the direction of Rivedoux, La Flotte and Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

Both roads, D201 and D235, join at La Couarde, a large seaside resort with a south facing beach.

Rivedoux is an important centre for the production of oysters. La Flotte has a lively harbour. Saint-Martin-de-Ré, " Capital of the island ", with the ramparts of the citadel, deserves a visit on foot.



After la Couarde, the road D735 leads to Ars-en-Ré by the channel of Martray. Do not miss the visit to Ars and the marina on the Fier.

In the centre of the town, the church of Saint-Etienne is famous for its bell tower painted in black and white to serve as a landmark for the boats.

The walk in the centre, with alleys, narrow streets and typical houses of the area with green shutters, is absolutely not to be missed.








By continuing after Ars, one arrives, having crossed Saint Clément, at the foot of another beauty spot of the island, the lighthouse, Phare des Baleines.

The lighthouse, 50 metres high, can be visited and from the top, can be seen one of the most beautiful panoramas of the region.

By driving on the small roads, it quickly becomes obvious that the bicycle is the main means of transport on the island.

There are 100 km of bicycle paths fitted out for all categories of cyclists.

If you have no bikes, they can be rented everywhere on the island.







Finally, please, do not miss the products of the vineyard, the local wines, the cognac and pineau.

Note that the island of Ré is the most northern zone of the appellation Cognac.




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