The Île de Ré is divided into 10 different villages that stretch from Rivedoux to Les Portes en Ré, a village famous for attracting some well known celebrities.
La Couarde sur Mer
The village of La Couarde symbolizes the link between the northern and southern part of the island. It is ideally located for discovering the island by bike; you can cycle across vineyards and Ré’s famous salt marshes. A long sandy beach borders the village, making it the ideal location for families with children.
Loix en Ré
Accessing Loix involves cycling along one of the most beautiful path of the island. The ride will take you along the coast, through the salt marshes, and finally along Loix’s sweet little harbour. Once in the village, the central square is home to traditional pétanque games and also has a few stalls which sell fresh local products.
Ars en Ré
The island’s most famous tower bell is located in Ars en Ré. Its iconic black and white colour used to serve as a landmark for fishermen. Ars is also home to two harbours. One in the centre of town, and the other one, a bit further, famous for being the largest port on the island. The village lies between salt marshes and vineyards, allowing you to taste two of the island’s most famous products: wine and salt.
Saint Clément des Baleines
Saint Clément des Baleines is located at the very northern tip of the island and is bordered by an important dike, built to protect the villages’s inhabitants. The dike is also an ideal walking path which will take you all the way to the famous Phare des Baleines.
Les Portes en Ré
Right at the end of the island, Les Portes en Ré is the furthest point from the island’s bridge. Charming alleyways, picturesque houses, and beautiful beaches, Les Portes is really worth the detour! One of the most famous beaches, ‘La Plage du Bûcheron’ will only reveal itself at low tide.
La Flotte en Ré
La Flotte is one of the island’s oldest villages. It witnessed the birth of the wine culture with the famous “Abbaye des Châteliers”. Along as its medieval alleyways, La Flotte is also renowned for its beautiful market and the variety of local produce on offer.
The island’s first village hosts the Ile de Ré’s largest bay which lies in a beautiful half-moon shape and kisses the picturesque white houses on the coast. Rivedoux is also famous for its oysters, which is part of the island’s heritage.
Sainte Marie de Ré
Sainte Marie is undoubtedly the island’s most traditional village and has maintained its tranquility over the years. Yet this tradition lives harmoniously with modern-day activity. Saint Marie’s beach “Les Grenettes” is a world renowned surf spot where professional sportsmen surf alongside beginners.
Le Bois Plage en Ré
Le Bois Plage is synonymous with holidays. With its 5km long beach, Le Bois Plage is a charming village that lies between pine forest and ocean. While mornings are often devoted to going round the huge market held in the centre of the village, afternoons are reserved for the beach.
Saint Martin de Ré
Saint Martin is known as the island’s capital city. Although this is not an official title, the village has by far the richest heritage. Surrounded by Vauban’s famous fortifications, the town became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.