There are many things to do in St Martin de Re, the picture-postcard-pretty capital of the island. Its 17th century citadel and ramparts were built by Vauban, the architect to Louis XIV. He did this to protect the town from repeated attacks by the Dutch and English.
The quayside has many cafes, bistros and brasseries to enjoy oysters, and assorted fruits de mer. It’s perfect for a meal washed down with a glass of local wine as watching the world go by.
As the island’s capital it is the perfect base from which to explore. In the middle of the island it’s easy to visit all 10 towns on the island with pedal power. Yet, there are also plenty of facilities within the town for those changeable days. Also, those lazy days where you just want to go to a local market and stock up.
All 10 towns on the island are worth exploring. La Flotte has a superb medieval market and harbour, Ars has a great market and some great scenery. St Marie is perfect for rock pooling. The lighthouses at St Clement are worth a visit, perhaps via the salt marshes. The beaches in La Noue are of the perfect sandy variety and kids love the waves. The watersports centre is a short ride from St Martin (sailing, windsurfing). At other locations, Horseriding, tennis or even golfing are all readily available. With all the natural open terrain of vineyards, forests, salt marshes, oyster farms, the island remains a delight to explore.
We believe, whatever your situation, you cannot fail to have an enjoyable holiday in Maison Fleurie. Meaning there is something for everyone. It is a haven and inspiration for artists, writers, cyclists, walkers, birdwatchers, gourmets, explorers, fishermen and sailors.