Ars-en-Ré in a few words…

Located in the north of Ile de Ré, the village of Ars-en-Ré is classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, with particular thanks to its unusual black and white bell tower, which acted as a waymark for boats before the lighthouses were built. It is still used for navigation.

The village of Ars is the ideal starting point for many bicycle rides through the heart of the salt marshes, the vineyards, the Lilleau des Niges nature reserve and towards the Whale Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines).

The port is a popular anchor point for many pleasure cruises which make a stop at Ile de Ré, and it offers an unbeatable view over the Fier d’Ars.

Village life spreads through Place Carnot to the small station, which is now an art gallery, on towards the old port, via the market, where entertainer Donin puts on a show at his carousel, to be enjoyed by children and their parents !

Leisure, activities and places to visit:  Bike hire, CNAR (Sailing club), horse riding, Les confitures du clocher (Jam makers), oyster farm, St Etienne church and bell tower, salt merchants’ cooperative.


Port and sardine festival (June)

World Cazavant Championships (sailing) (June)

Holiday rentals, year-round rentals and properties for sale in Ars-en-Ré :