Visit La Flotte-en-Re (Poitou-Charentes, France)
La Flotte-en-Ré (to give the village its full name) is a small village with an attractive port on the northern coast of Ile-de-Ré, with distant views to the beaches of the Vendée. region. The town is very pretty, centred around its bustling harbour filled with fishing boats, with many of the houses being in the typical style of the region - low whitewashed houses with green shutters.
Exploring La Flotte-en-Ré
A visit to the village will start in the area around the harbour and sea front. Traditional sea front houses line both the harbour and coast, which also has a walkway where you can promenade and admire the boats in the harbour, then continue on along the circular jetty around the port to the little lighthouse at the end.
In La-Flotte-en-Re itself, behind the harbour, you can explore the narrow streets and alleys between the small houses and lined with hollyhocks, and enjoy the traditional sheltered market place with its picturesque stalls. There are a good selection of small shops, galleries and boutiques to enjoy along the streets of the old town.
See also the Church of Saint Catherine and its belltower - the belltower was built in 1765 using stone from the nearby abbey. Note in particular the entrance on the southern side of the church, the only remaining vestige of an earlier chuch.
There is also a beach in la Flotte-en-Ré - being on the northern coast of the Ile-de-Ré it needs to be 'topped-up' with new sand each year!
Close to La flotte-en-Ré
Abbey des Chateliers
There are also the ruins of a 12th century cistercian abbey - the Abbaye des Chateliers - to discover on the edge of Flotte-en-Re. Although the abbey suffered greatly during the Hundred Years war and the Wars of Religion (leading ultimately to its being abandoned towards the end of the 16th century), it is still an imposing sight and there are sufficient ruins in place to identify many of the most important buildings.
Fort de la Prée
100 metres from the abbey you can visit the Fort de la Prée, a huddle of houses in an extensive Vauban fortification. The original fort was built soon after the abbey was abandoned and stone from the abbey was used for its construction. The fort, which retained an important defensive role until nearly the end of the 18th century, is now open to visitors (entry charge payable).
In common with most villages and resorts on Ile-de-Ré, La Flotte is joined with the extensive network of cycle paths that criss-cross the island allowing safe (and fun) family cycling.
Photos of La Flotte-en-Re
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Tourist classifications for La Flotte-en-Re
La Flotte-en-Re is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Flotte, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, 17630 || GPS: latitude 46.188, longitude -1.325
Map of La Flotte-en-Re & places nearby
Highlights close by
Ile de Re 7km
La Rochelle 14km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near La Flotte-en-Re.
See Poitou-Charentes and Charente-Maritime (the region and department for La Flotte-en-Re) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near La Flotte-en-Re, France
- Saint-Martin-de-Ré citadelle (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (4km)
- La Rochelle - secteur sauvegarde (14km)
- Aquarium de La Rochelle - aquarium (14km)
- Ars-en-Re - most beautiful village (15km)
- Jardins du phare de Chassiron - remarkable garden (18km)
- Jardins de la Boirie - remarkable garden (27km)
- Marans - ville fleurie 4* (29km)
- Georges Clemenceau house - national monument (31km)
- Rochefort - town of art and history (39km)
- Baie de l'Aiguillon - site of natural beauty (40km)
The French version of this page is at La Flotte-en-Re (Francais)