"Touring Ile de Re" Île de Ré Things to Do Tip by Norali
Île de Ré Things to Do: 24 reviews and 24 photos
When you land on IR in summer: either touring the island either heading to the nice but probably crowded beach resorts.
Unless you visit the island for more than one day, touring would be my first choice.
We toured the island in one day, 70 km to drive. Not enough time to really soak up the ambience in another village than St-Martin-de-Ré. Yet, had a great time.
From the Pont-viaduc (bridge), took N735. N735 is the way that skirts the coast of the whole IR. We could just follow the N735 (red path on the map). But we had the chance that our guides knew the place well (they are Rochelais) so we did it differently.
We headed then to the ancient Abbaye des Chateliers. From there, followed the road to la Flotte area.
La Flotte.. was the first beach resort I saw there. If I recall it well, there were kids doing some kite... I found the beach very calm. Then, I was told by my cousin that in nearby, there was a nudist beach. I remembered asking in amazement "What? Kids are around and people would wander here nude?"
Now, was it here or near Le-Bois-Plage-En-Re? Don't remember but in one of them, surely.
Instead of reaching St-Martin-en-Ré, we went South and headed to Le-Bois-Plage, where is located a cool camping area. Initially, I am not a camping type. Yet, this was the opportunity to visit something new and it was not that bad. My cousin knew it a lot, knew what to do, to see on Ile de Re. Thing is, I saw a 4* camping village so it was quite OK. It was in Gros Joncs area.
After a long walk on the beach, it was about time to go to St-Martin for some good food. Check my Restaurant tips for that. Also, don't forget to see the citadelle of Saint-Martin. No specific visit but you can browse around.
Then, we continued our exploration: the salt marshes in Ars-en-Ré area (yummy shopping there). Also, a possibility to visit an salt collecting and oyster farm.
Finally, we drove to St-Clement des baleines area.. We saw the phare des baleines. Yet, les Portes (a bit Norther) was more interesting for me.
Directions: Ile de Re: on the map: N735 in red, the bridge in neon pink...
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