Ile de Ré
Ile de Ré, where happiness awaits you
Connected to the continent and La Rochelle by a bridge for thirty years now, Ré la Blanche fiercely preserves its temperament. It is an island and a true temptress! Whether you give in to its charms after a weekend or fall in love with it on your holidays, more often than not it’s for life. How could you possibly resist it?
Picture-perfect landscapes, a heritage it is extremely proud of, long beaches, woods and forests, salt marshes and birds, stormy and blue skies and endless paths which take you behind the scenes… There is only one thing that Ile de Ré can’t offer you: heights. Here, you definitely won’t need skis, but a bike would be great.
Flat and slender, Ré is perfect for water sports, geared towards cycling, loves walkers, delights history enthusiasts and foodies, and impresses aesthetes, thinkers and joyful groups of friends and family clans. But it has nothing to offer amateur climbers. After all, no one is perfect, and it’s impossible to hold it against it.
Because whatever the season and whatever the circumstances, whether it’s your first or tenth time on Ile de Ré, you’ll appreciate its relaxed way of life. It’s not by chance that it was the first French island to receive, in 2012, the label “Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire” granted by the Ministry of Culture.
It is quite simply unique.
To discover it, there’s nothing like staying in the heart of the island, in Saint-Martin, capital village and star-shaped fortified citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Just a few metres from the picturesque port, La Baronnie Hôtel et Spa****, an 18th century building and its fabulous gardens, is the ideal holiday spot, the perfect balance of hustle and bustle and serenity.
Clusters of white houses, blossoming alleyways filled with a jasmine scent, the slender lines of hollyhock and graphic lines of the marshes, golden beaches… Seen from above, Ile de Ré is beautiful and multifaceted. Inland, its ten villages are bursting with remarkable natural, historical and architectural heritage. Explore by boat, on foot or by bike and savour it!
Ile de Ré has flavours galore to offer. AOC potatoes (protected designation of origin), pineau, oysters and fleur de sel are top of the list. But other gourmet surprises await you directly on the farms and markets.
Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just a beginner, looking for windsurfing, an Optimist, a dinghy or a catamaran, you’re sure to find the right training course for you among the sailing and nautical schools on the Île de Ré.
138 kms of cycle lanes with something for everyone. Alone or with family or friends, by the seaside, in the woods or vineyards, cycling is the best way to discover Ré la Blanche and its most fabulous secrets!