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Rosa - August 2023

Immersion in the world of Rétais Spirits accompanied by local products.

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Lilleau des Niges Nature Reserve

You can walk through the Nature Reserve or cycle along it. If you’re a nature-lover, then this is the place to be. Lilleau des Niges is a safe haven for thousands of migratory birds. The maze of trails, freely accessible all year round, will lead you into the heart of this remarkable biodiversity.

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La Savonnerie de Ré

Discover how soaps and cosmetics are made with donkey milk! This milk comes from Regis Léau Farm, in Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

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The Vauban fortifications

Whatever the season, discover this stony star of the Ile de Ré coastline. Either on a guided visit led by the Saint-Martin-de-Ré Welcome Centre or on your own, come and admire the engineer Vauban’s masterpiece - nowadays the citadel of Vauban, considered the definitive island fort, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Fort La Prée

Fort La Prée is the oldest example of fortifications on the island.

Built by engineers Le Camus and d’Argencourt in 1625 under the reign of Louis XIII to reconquer Protestant lands, Fort La Prée is restructured by Vauban at the end of the XVIIth century to become a sister fortress of the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

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Marché de la Flotte

Its unique charm will make you succumb. Built in 1804 and inspired by medieval architecture, this picturesque market is reminiscent of the market halls of yesterday. Beautiful paved courtyard lined with stalls covered with wood shed, a well once stood in its center.

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Les Baleines Lighthouse

Les Baleines Lighthouse is open all year round! You can admire its breathtaking panoramic view in any season.

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Oysters

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Sailing

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Bike rides in the vineyards

A morning ride in the vineyards with degustation of Pineau and Cognac.

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Atelier Quillet

Listed as a Living Heritage Company, Atelier Quillet, in the village of Loix, is open all year round. It is one of France’s leading authorities on the conservation, restoration and binding of old documents and books. Guided visits will enable you to discover the various crafts that are practiced in the Atelier.

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Abeille de Ré

Come and learn about the secret life of bees and the beekeeping profession. Beekeeper Aldo François will share his passion and ancestral know-how with you! Guided visits and events are organized all year round!

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Abbaye des Châteliers

A listed historic monument, the Abbaye des Chateliers is an exceptional abbey that will prove a revelation whatever the season. The site is free to visit!

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré Belltower Observatory

Saint-Martin-de-Ré Church looks out over the heights of the village. If you climb the 117 steps, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view, one that is particularly spectacular at night. The heights of Saint-Martin-de-Ré will transport you into a magical world populated by the historical riches of the Cité Vauban, where gargoyles and statues seem to chatter to one another.

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The Ernest Cognacq Museum

Located just opposite the Saint-Martin-de-Ré Welcome Centre, this museum is a must-see if you want to learn all about the history of the Ile de Ré and the key events that made the island!

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Bières de Ré

If you love beer, come inside where it’s warm and taste the artisan beers of the Ile de Ré - you can also find out how they’re produced.

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Go on a bike trip to the salt marshes

Go on an adventure and cycle your way through the salt marshes! These fabulous landscapes between land and sea will make you want to get even closer to nature.​

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Forest hikes

Immerse yourself in the Ile de Ré flora and fauna! The Ile de Ré is covered in wooded areas between the dune barriers and the villages.

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See the vibrant colours of the landscape

Take in a seaside sunset as the autumn brings the island's nature alive.

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Go for a walk along the coast

Follow the trail along the coast and you'll discover breathtaking landscapes. Use the Ile de Ré Tour app or the Ile de Ré hiking field guide.

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Massages, spa

SPA in Rivedoux with Hammam, HotTub, Sauna and massages. 

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Meet the Ile de Ré's donkeys

The Poitou donkey is a real symbol of the Ile de Ré. For many years, donkeys have been used in farming and are a key part of daily life here.​

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Try your hand at paddle-boarding

Escape into the heart of nature and try your hand at paddle-boarding for the chance to discover the Ile de Ré's best-kept secrets.

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Kite Surf

All year long Kite Surf lessons in Rivedoux-Plage. 

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