With its wind-swept beaches, white-washed villages and incredible seafood, Île de Ré, the so-called “Nantucket of France,” feels like a well-kept secret—and longtime loyalists prefer it that way.
Perfect forFamilies | Foodies | Romantics
When to goJune-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
Only 19 miles long and three miles wide, this island celebrates a laid-back coastal lifestyle, with incredible seafood, daily markets and more than 68 miles of bike paths. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Get your bearings by biking to La Flotte to watch the daily market there, one of the island’s most scenic. En route, stop to visit the Cistercian Abbaye des Châteliers. Return to St.-Martin for lunch at one of the port-side restaurants. In the afternoon, bike to Plage des Gollandières, near Le Bois Plage, one of Ré’s most expansive sand beaches. Bring a bottle of rosé and toast the sunset.
Today, bike from St.-Martin to La Loix. Start the day with a coffee in Le Bois Plage at La Kve. At the market along Avenue de la Plage, buy some fruit and pastries for an afternoon snack. Take off into the vineyards. Lunch should be reserved at La Cabane de Feneau, surrounded by salt flats. La Loix is a sleepy village, but the views up north are spectacular. Find a seaside perch and sample your market finds. Back in St.-Martin, reward yourself with an ice cream from La Martinière.
Plan for a more ambitious bike tour to Les Portes, the northernmost village of Île de Ré. Stop in Ars-en-Ré for lunch, then bike through Lilleau des Niges, a nature reserve with great birdwatching. Beach lovers should head to Trousse Chemise beach, while active types can climb to the top of Les Baleines lighthouse. After an apéritif and a plate of oysters at Ré Ostréa, back in St.-Martin, snag a table at Le Bistrot du Marin, L’Avant Port or Le Tout du Cru for dinner.
Where To Stay
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Hotel de Toiras
In a prime location overlooking the harbor of St.-Martin, this Relais & Chateaux property is one of the island’s most coveted addresses to book.
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This nine-room retreat, with a lovely garden and pool, is a perfect choice for travelers who want to be based in St.-Martin, but enjoy hiding out instead of being part of the scene.
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