Visitors often ask what to do in Ile de Re. Off the French coast by La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime), Ile de Ré (pop. 12,000) is a narrow flat island 30 kilometres long. Of all the Charentais islands, Ré is undoubtedly the most popular. Which makes it the premier French weekend and holiday destination. Attracted by the island’s beauty, many artists, writers and painters bought salt-workers’ and fishermen’s houses in the 1960s. After which, the island started becoming fashionable, a trend which has lasted to present day. The beauty of Ile de Ré is that bridges the gap between chic yet authentically charming. With white lime-washed, shuttered houses and narrow streets full of flowers and cobbles.
In the north, the Fier d’Ars-en-Ré is a patchwork of mudflats and salt marshes which is a great cycle ride. During this ride, you can find every kind of wader and bird of prey. The flat-bottomed boats, rakes of the salt-gatherers, oyster beds and scent of moorland give Ile de Ré a romanticism without equal.
The island agriculture is will know for its grapes, oysters, potatoes and salt. All these frarms can all be seen as you cycle around the island. With the salt farms and oyster farms quite easy to find as you cycle around. You can buy direct from many of them or find the product in the local farmers markets. Have a look at activities to see other ideas of what to do in ile de re