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    Discover the cultural heritage of the Ile de Ré!

    The Ile de Ré is the pearl of the Atlantic Ocean. Between its terrestrial and maritime history, the Ile de Ré offers varied landscapes and a rich cultural heritage. Thanks to its many cycle paths, you are just a short pedal away from some of the most beautiful villages on the island including Ars-en-Ré, which is classed as one of the “most beautiful villages in France”. Stroll around Phare des Baleines Lighthouse, the Ars Bell Tower, and the old windmills. Take a walk along the river Fier, explore the marshes and Boutillon Dyke, and admire the views of the ocean. Or discover the secrets of the surrounding environment by visiting the Ecomusée des Marais Salants, the Huitrière de Ré or the Lilleau des Niges Nature Reserve with its magnificent birds.

    Whether on foot, on horseback or by bike soak up the beauty of the island’s landscapes. With its flat terrain, its 110km of cycle paths, and its varied landscapes – wild moorland, little woods, villages and salt marshes – the Ile de Ré is a paradise to discover by bike and is ideal for a relaxing day out exploring.

    The Ile de Ré, an island steeped in art and history

    The Ile de Ré really is a little gem of the Atlantic coast, offering a rich cultural heritage combined with the resolutely quaint charm of a small island. With its steeples, hollyhocks and traditional houses, “Ré-la-Blanche” has been classified as a “Region of Art and History” since 2012.

    A rare heritage

    Marked by its military history, the Ile de Ré has endless remarkable sites: the Vauban fortifications in Saint-Martin de Ré, Châteliers Abbey, the fish locks, little alleys, wells, windmills, lighthouses and notable homes.

    Local flavours reminiscent of the seaside

    And because a good holiday also means treating the taste buds, you can enjoy all the island’s produce and local specialties! The Ile de Ré is famous for its oyster farms and salt marshes, which have shaped its beautiful landscapes, and there is a rich cultural know-how: wine growing with its many wineries offering Charente wines, pineau and other cognacs, and also market gardening. The AOC certified Ile de Ré new potatoes, with their slightly sweet taste are a pure local product!

    With children

    On the Île de Ré, there are plenty of activities for your children to enjoy while letting off steam in the great outdoors. Swimming clubs and activities are offered all summer long on the beaches, for all age groups. Or to vary from water sports, why not go on a merry-go-round ride or join a circus skills workshop? Come and meet the island’s famous donkeys in breeches at La Barbette Park! And if your little ones like theatre performances and puppet shows, you can take them to visit the Jardin des Rêves and the many children’s shows offered throughout the day and in the evenings at La Couarde sur Mer.