Beaches of Ile de Ré
You’re sure to find a place to swim as Ile de Ré is packed with beaches, from the smallest to the largest, from the wildest to the most popular, from sand to pebbles…
Each one has its own character, a charm all of its own just like the villages of the island.
The biggest and the smallest….
The largest beaches are located mostly on the south side between Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré and La Couarde-sur-Mer such as Gollandières beach, Gros Jonc beach, Peu Ragot or a little further north, on the coast at Conche.
The smallest are nestled in the heart of villages such as l’Arnairaud beach in La Flotte, Cible beach in St Martin, Grouin beach in Loix.
For family beach days
For families wishing to safely enjoy the sea, it’s best to choose a beach with lifeguard services (in July and August): the south beach (Plage Sud) in Rivedoux-Plage, the beaches at Gros Jonc and Gollandières in Bois-Plage-en-Ré, Peu Ragot beach in La Couarde-sur-Mer, a part of the beach at La Conche in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, or otherwise the beaches at Grouin in Loix, La Cible in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, or l’Arnairaud in La Flotte.
These beaches are also equipped with bathing wheelchairs (Tiralos) for use by people with reduced mobility.
For watersports enthusiasts
For watersports enthusiasts, head to the north beach (plage Nord) at Rivedoux-Plage, which is reserved exclusively for kitesurfers and windsurfers, or to Grenettes in Saint-Marie-de-Ré for surfers. The headland at Saint-Clément-des-Baleines or Diamond Head are also well-known spots for lovers of watersports action
For shore fishing
Some beaches are ideal for fishing from shore, particularly by Sainte-Marie-de-Ré which has the tidal fisheries which can be accessed at low tide from the Montamer side.
The areas surrounding the bay of Fier d’Ars are also well known for shore fishing, such as at the south beach (plage sud) of Rivedoux-Plage by the Chauveau lighthouse.
But be careful, for your own safety do not go alone, and always respect the fishing regulations so that the flora and fauna of this very fragile aquatic environment is preserved. Before you go, make sure that fishing is authorised in the spot you have chosen.
For further information, please consult the guide published by the Ile de Ré local government.