Jewel of the Charente archipelago and the Atlantic coastline, the Ile de Ré contains a natural heritage of exceptional beauty. This beauty is mainly due to the diversity of the landscapes encountered on a small area (85 km²) and to the fragility of the ecosystems. These landscapes take on a different aspect each season.
The nature of the island of Ré
On the coast, there are of course the family beaches of fine sand of the south coast: Rivedoux, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, La Couarde, Le Bois-Plage… The north coast, between Saint-Clément-des-Baleines and Les Portes-en-Ré, is wilder and less frequented.
It is impossible to evoke Ré la Blanche without mentioning its white gold, salt, and the salt marshes, not to mention the vineyards or the wooded areas facing the ocean.
The Pointe du Grouin in Loix and the national nature reserve of Lilleau des Nige are naturally among our favorites.
And the most amazing thing is that it is possible to cross all these landscapes in the same day by bike, using safe cycling paths. Didn’t you know that the island of Ré is a natural treasure and a bicycle touring paradise? Come and discover for yourself why it is a magnificent showcase for the Charente-Maritime.
Nautical activities on the island of Ré
If you dream of an active vacation on the island of Ré, you will have at your disposal a wide range of sports activities to practice alone, as a couple, with your family or with your friends.
There is something for everyone: surfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, stand up paddling, sand yachting, diving, boat rides or even fishing.
Tourism Ile de Ré : know-how, culture and heritage
Need help to set up your cultural agenda during your camping stay on the Ile de Ré? Discover the main monuments, museums, art galleries and local farms where local products are produced:
The must-sees on the island of Ré
- Baleines lighthouse (Saint-Clément)
- Church of Saint-Etienne with its astonishing bell tower that once guided fishermen (Ars-en-Ré)
- Church of Saint-Martin (Saint-Martin-de-Ré)
- Fort La Prée (La Flotte)
- Abbey Notre-Dame-de-Ré (La Flotte)
- Ernest Cognacq Museum (Saint-Martin-de-Ré)
- Museum of the Maison du Platin (La Flotte)
- Ecomuseum of the salt marsh (Loix)
- Workshop of soap making (Loix)
- Quillet workshop (Loix)
- Port and Vauban fortifications (Saint-Martin-de-Ré)
Taste the local flavors
You will not leave your vacation on the island of Ré without having enjoyed the local flavors and tastes.
There is no lack of local products and restaurants on the Ile de Ré. Discover the famous salt marshes of the Ile de Ré. Take the time to stop in the numerous restaurants, as well as in the oyster huts along the Atlantic Ocean.
Discover the villages of the Ile de Ré
One of the most touristic places in France.
It benefits from an exceptional amount of sunshine and is a great place to live in all seasons.
The island of Ré, with its wild landscapes, its exceptional fauna and flora, its rich market gardening, its vineyards, its oyster farming, its salt marshes, its white island houses with their hollyhocks, constitute an exceptional vacation spot where artists and intellectuals meet in a peaceful atmosphere.
The Ile de Ré and its region
As soon as you cross the bridge, you can see the slender tip of the Sainte Marie bell tower on the south side of the island. Between the sea and the vineyards, Sainte-Marie is one of the oldest towns, with its market which is one of the most beautiful on the island along with that of La Flotte and Bois Plage. With a flat relief, the island is composed of varied agricultural landscapes, with its rich market gardening areas, its salt marshes, its vineyards producing the famous rosé des Dunes or the pineau des Charentes. The island of Ré also conceals natural jewels with a natural reserve of migratory birds unique in the world, in the north of the island, and large preserved wild beaches. The emblematic monuments are the Baleines lighthouse and the Abbaye des Châteliers, as well as the magnificent Vauban fortifications at Saint-Martin, which are the subject of a conservation campaign.