The unmissable of the island :
Whether it be for an entire week or for passing through for a weekend, with family or friends, here are 10 things you have to see on Ré island.
You will fall in love !
The village of Saint Martin, its fortifications, its bell tower, the salt marshes and the wonderful "Abbaye des Chateliers" leafing through a bike ride, the list is pretty long ...
After the cultural visits, what a better way than to take a break and discover markets, taste local oysters. For food lovers, a detour is necessary at "La Martinière" to taste the best ice cream in the region.
Without forgetting our wine lovers friends who will be delighted to discover the regional wines or even the romantic ones, and the lovers of sumptuous sunset on the fine sand at the Gros-Jonc beach.
1. The fortifications of Vauban
The fortifications form a huge stone star-shaped, more than 14 km of wall surrounding the village of Saint Martin de Ré.
The exceptionally vast outer wall, promises beautiful walks, and the discovery of lovely places of Saint Martin de Ré (the citadel, the port ...).
(UNESCO World Heritage Site).
2. The bell tower Saint Martin
An unmissable visit!
In addition to a rewarding visit, the bell tower of the church of Saint Martin offers an exceptional panoramic view, disclosuring an overview of Saint Martin, for lovers of beautiful view and wonderful lanscape.
3. The salt marshes
Discover the salt in a new way: visiting and sharing skills, the "White Gold" of the island of Ré, an emblematic product of the region. Salts and "fleur de sel" are available in the shop.
Salt marsh ecomuseum site, Loix en Ré.
4. The "Abbaye of Chateliers"
The "Abbaye des Chateliers" was founded in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks,
It is a major visit. Located near the village of "La Flotte" where the vestiges suffice to make dream of its splendor past.
5. A bike ride on Ré island
With more than 110 km of bike path, the island is a cycling paradise. No one can pretend to have stayed on the island without going for a ride, thus discovering the sublime landscapes of the island.
6. The markets
Apart from the diversity of food products, the markets also offer clothes, jewelery, decorative objects, beach articles ... The markets are a kind of large outdoor areas where it is good to wander and where it is possible to find amazing deals!
The Island's markets have a daily rhythm during the touristic season and some are sometimes nocturnal.
7. Local Oyster
The oyster is an essential product of island and oyster farming is an integral part of the maritime culture of the Ile de Ré. It grows in the sea, refines itself in the claire and tastes directly from the producer to your plate, revealing their delicious freshness to the flavors of sea spray.
A gastronomic trip guaranteed for all seafood lovers.
8. The best ice creams are at la Martinière
Everything is in the title ... Taste, you will confirm.
Now, you can find 3 shops of "La Martinière" at the port of Saint-Martin; La Flotte and just at the foot of the lighthouse at Saint-Clément des Baleines .
9. Local wines
Pineaux, wines, blended wines, wines of guard, Cognacs, organic wines ...
Discover all the secrets of production during a visit into the heart of the distillery of the wine-growers cooperative.
10. The beach of Gros Jonc, Bois Plage
Incredible landscapes of the Ile de Ré with 100 km of coastline, the beach of the Gros Jonc at the Bois Plage, 6 km long, hides behind its sand dunes a vast wooded area suitable for long walks.
Ideal for swimming, relaxing, enjoy sunset or surfing and many other nautical activities.