Made up of ten communes, the Ile de Ré forms part of the Poitou-Charentes region and the Department of Charente-Maritime. The historic capital of the island is Saint-Martin-de-Ré where you can discover the old Guards' House, the town walls and the citadel (historic monuments designed and fortified by the engineer Vauban). Saint-Martin-de-Ré is on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites and is included in the network of key sites built by Vauban. Plan a holiday in Ile de Ré in the certainty of discovering magnificent views; book your hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Ile de Ré to enjoy this ideal location all day long.
The Ile de Ré boasts varied landscapes; you will discover sandy beaches, salt marshes, forests, harbours... Le Bois Plage en Ré is the main beach of the island, with seven kilometres of soft sand. Numerous campsites and Ile de Ré hotels welcome holidaymakers to this part of the island.
To appreciate the full beauty of its attractions, the Ile de Ré is best visited on foot or by bicycle, with marked routes taking in woods, beaches and vineyards. Finally, la Route des Métiers offers an alternative way to discover the island’s heritage.