Known as the ‘White Island’, the Ile de Ré is the most northerly of the four islands just off the coast and accessible directly from La Rochelle, by a bridge. It is 30 kilometres long and five kilometres wide, and can be easily explored by bicycle thanks to a plethora (100 kilometres) of cycle tracks leading all over the island. The streets of Ile de Ré are lined with white houses decorated with colourful shutters, a type of house generally found throughout some of the most gorgeous villages in France(‘Les Beaux Villages de France’).
Arsen-Ré has a coloured bell tower that is a landmark in navigational circles; La Flotte has a famous old market and medieval covered market too. The Ile de Ré is connected to the mainland by a striking three kilometer toll bridge although you can also take a bus from the airport directly to the island. The south end of the island is home to relaxing beaches, while the north boasts ports that have always contributed to the economic life of the island.
Contributor: Sue Lowry
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