ile de ré: The villages
SAINT CLEMENT DES BALEINES
Bordered by the largest sandy beach on the island (called "plage de la Conche") Saint-Clément boasts the most visited tourist attractions on the island : the Lighthouse '"Le Phare des Baleines" and its museum.
Thanks to its market and its famous church bell tower, Ars-en-Ré is classified among the most beautiful villages in France. It is an essential place on the island, thanks to its port and its pretty alleyways full of flowers of hollyhocks.
A village of 670 hectares, come and discover the ecomuseum of the salt marsh as well as the craft village where you will find a soap factory, honey house and goat farm.
First seaside resort on the island, this atypical village stands out for its beautiful beaches spread over 5 km.
LE BOIS PLAGE
It is here that you will discover one of the most beautiful markets on the island open every morning from April to September.
Surrounded by its fortified ramparts, Saint-Martin is the historic capital of the island. Visits and activities are available such as the Ernest Cognacq museum and rides on the back of the famous donkeys in their panties for the greatest pleasure of children.
Platin Museum, the Fort de la Prée and the Abbey of Les Châteliers are the 3 places not to be missed in the oldest village of the island. Not to mention the market in summer!
If you are going to Sainte-Marie, we recommend the 5 Landscapes Trail at La Noue where the flora and fauna are intertwined.
First village when arriving on the island, Rivedoux is famous for its many oyster farms and "La Redoute de Sablanceaux" built by Vauban in the 17th century.