A change of scenery in the north of the Charente-Maritime, off the coast of La Rochelle, the "white island."
Leave your car behind and discover this fascinating island by bike, along many well-maintained bike paths.
Discover the Ile de Ré and its idyllic setting
The Ile de Ré is famous for the light that emanates from the ten villages that make it up. La Flotte and Ars are perfect examples, while the capital, the port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is the perfect place to enjoy an ice cream and do some shopping. The Ile de Ré is also famous for its magnificent wide sandy beaches, salt pans and bright colours, pretty close to La Rochelle.
The many bike paths allow you to discover the whole island without a car, at your own pace and all year round, thanks to the mild climate. You might enjoy an invigorating boat trip - the way to breathe the sea air to the fullest!
Lots of activities for all tastes in any season:, with hiking, cycling, horse riding and tennis, with family or with friends. Board sports, kitesurfing and windsurfing are practised throughout the year.
The Charente-Maritime is the top département in France for the art of self-pampering and well-being. With three spa therapy establishments and lots of beauty salons, the Ile de Ré is a major centre for people seeking the benefits of sea air, seawater and all the traditional seaside treatments that revitalise the body and lift the spirits.