Ile-de-Ré is an island just 3 kilometres off the coast, to the north-west of La Rochelle, in the Charente-Maritime. Since 1988 it has been connected by an impressive bridge to the mainland.
This cycling-friendly island boasts a sunshine record to rival that of the Côte d'Azur and a natural environment that is unique in France. Its flat countryside reveals beautiful expanses of open land where salt marshes, forests, dunes and the shore merge, unleashing the aromas of the Atlantic.
This long narrow island, with its 70 kilometres of beaches has ten charming villages, set among the vineyards and fields, all with traditional-style housing, recognisable by their pretty blue shutters.
More information from the Tourist Information service for Ile-de-Ré on + 33 05 46 09 00 55