DINING AND LEISURE ON ILE DE RE

Whilst you are staying on Ile de Ré you can enjoy sports, culture and gastronomy.

To find out what events and activities are available during your stay, please download the programme of activities

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Sporting activities

Despite being a protected area, Ile de Ré is a fantastic playground for anyone wishing to try out or practice a sport.

Anyone wanting to indulge in water sports or sailing is spoilt for choice, with many sailing schools offering trial lessons or further courses for sailing, catamaran (hobby), windsurfing, surfing, kayaking…

And if Ile de Ré is perfect for cycle rides, it is equally good for horse riding, through the forest or by the sea shore

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Heritage and culture

Within an area of only 85 km2, Ile de Ré is so full of treasures and preserved heritage that it has been awarded the status of ‘Pays d’Art et Histoire’ in 2012.

This is due in large part to the fortifications erected by Vauban, which make up part of the network of major sites of Vauban’s work, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, and thanks to the ancient tower situated at the foot of the famous Phare des Baleines (Whale Lighthouse) which is a designated historic monument, as well as the many bell towers, the most unusual of which is in Ars-en-Ré, and the sea shore fisheries, a real symbol of Ile de Ré’s heritage.

You can discover all these on foot or by bicycle, and most are open to the public:

  • Le Phare des Baleines (‘Whale’ lighthouse)  in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines
  • Le clocher observatoire (bell tower) in Saint-Martin-de-Ré
  • Visit the sea shore fisheries at l'ANCRE Maritaise in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré

You can also find out plenty more about the Ile de Ré via exhibitions at the many museums:

Find out more : Ile de Ré’s heritage

 

Gastronomy and local produce

The fertile landscape of Ile de Ré means it’s renowned for its authentic products and flavours: salt produced and harvested in the 450 hectares of salt marshes, the oysters cultivated on around 60 oyster farms, the wine, cognac and pineau produced in the 600 hectares of vineyards, and also saffron.

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And if you don’t feel like cooking, you simply wish to enjoy a great meal where you can taste these fantastic products, here is a selection of restaurants to suit all budgets: