With a unique and unmistakable style, the Ile de Ré is just one day from the mainland living their own adventure at sea. Among the waves, the seagulls dot this beautiful nature landscape with blue sky and sunshine. It has preserved its rural setting and maintained its charming with whitewashed villages. For its flat relief and its more than 100 kilometres of slopes, it's ideal for cycling. It's small size allows you to explore and discover the whole island in a day. If you seek the tranquility of the beaches and the simplicity of good local taste, this is your fate: dreams in the north, memories in the south. The island attracts many famous French cinema, entertainment, literature or political people. Don't miss the impressive forts of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. Magnificent views can be enjoyed from the lighthouse of Whales, and the Lilleau Nature Reserve des Niges hosts thousands of migratory birds. This island is for living!
Saint-Martin-de-Ré is the most important town of the island of Ré. What was once an important fortified square, is now a quiet village with winding streets which breathes the smell of sea. At the port, now full of shops, the old harbor wall encircles the old fishermans quarter. The island breathes beauty and tranquility in every corner! From the citadel, the view opens out towards Pertuis Breton and the mainland. Seeking shade and ptotection under the fortifications, we found Bardette Park: A beautiful garden where pine trees, acacias and oaks grow far from the bustle of the mainland. We took the path that continues along the edge to the coast. A breathtaking view of the southern coast of the region of th Vendée is laid out before us. In summer, when the sun goes down, artisans, painters and traders come to the unique market held in the port. In some places you can find examples of the typical island cuisine, oysters, sardines, salt, potatoes, mussels ... Go with theflow of the music and dancing in the heart of the Isle de Ré.