What to do

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Ile de Re – Restaurants, Hotels, Sights & Attractions.

 What to do while visiting Île de Ré.

  • Le phare des baleines- – hope you have a good head for heights. From the top of the lighthouse one has a superb view of the island. There is also a good museum here that covers some of the vast number of sea wrecks off the north shores of the island. Good for souvenir shopping.
  • St Martin – enjoy walking round the harbour with their famous ice cream. Often called the St Tropez of 30 years ago. Good for ‘celeb’ spotting.
  • L’ancienne abbaye des chateliers
  • The salt marshes- Salt used to be the main export of the island and famous for medicinal uses as well. Salt often referred to as ‘White Gold’.
  • Touring Ile de Re by bicycle, as the island is flat – no hills to worry about. You will spot every possible combination of bicycle configuration.
  • Oysters farms -also along the coastal path between St Martin and La Couarde there are many Oyster bars/pop up restaurants that make a lovely stop if walking or cycling along this coastal path.
  • Just the sea, and of course those uncrowded long beaches backed by romantic sandunes.
  • La Flotte – ancient market and small port
  • Les Portes-en-Re – the more exclusive part of the island and great for people watching.
  •  Ars – the famous church, restaurants and harbour. Perhaps has the best market on the island.
  • Le Bois Plage – the daily large indoor and outdoor market. Lovely safe beaches for families. The centre of the island in more ways than one.
  • Rivedoux – the first Commune (village) as one comes over the bridge on to the island.  In the last couple of years has been significantly smartened up.

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