With more than 100 km of marked and secure cycle paths, cycling is the best way to get around the Ile de Ré. All the more so as the island is not very large. The elegant curve of a large 3 km long bridge allows you to reach the southern part of the Ile de Ré, the Pointe de Sablanceaux and the Rivedoux beach. Nearby you will notice the remains of the Abbey of Châteliers, founded in 1156, and the Fort de la Prée (1625), the oldest defensive structure on the island.
Citadel and salt marshes
To find out more about the mysteries of the arts and living traditions of the Ile de Ré, with attractive animations, linger at the Maison du Platin in the village of La Flotte.
Then climb to the top of a flamboyant Gothic bell tower to contemplate the harbour citadel of Saint-Martin, the capital of the Ile de Ré, designed by Vauban.
Explained in an ecomuseum, a little further on you will discover a vast expanse of salt marshes, punctuated by tide mills and the magnificent Lilleau des Niges nature reserve.
Pleasant beaches and forests
The Romanesque church of Ars was painted black and white to serve as a landmark for navigators.
On the Pointe du Fier side, enjoy the shades of the Trousse Chemise wood, which borders the Patache beach.
From the Portes-en-Ré, breathe in the fragrances of the Lizay state forest. To the north, the great lighthouse of Les Baleines (57 m) protects a rocky coast hemmed in by sandy conches.
From Saint-Clément, the beaches of the west coast are also attractive, with extended stops at La Couarde, Le Bois-Plage, Sainte-Marie.
Pleasure on the plate
After swimming and walks, taste the fishing products, as well as the mussels and oysters patiently raised on the coast of the Ile de Ré, in very beneficial waters, accompanied by the wines of the local vineyards.
Campsites on the Ile de Ré
You will have a choice of around 50 campsites on the Ile de Ré, spread throughout the island. Our selection suggests 7 good addresses of campsites: L'Océan ***** in La Couarde-sur-Mer. La Bonne Etoile **** in Bois-Plage-en-Ré. La Plage **** in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines. In Ars-en-Ré, Le Cormoran ***** and Le Camping du Soleil ***. In La Flotte-en-Ré, La Grainetière **** and Les Peupliers ****.