Ile de Re tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The Ile-de-Ré is an island with lots of sandy beaches and some attractive villages. Much loved by cycling families!

Ile de Re is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Ile de Re. For detailed visitor information see the Ile de Re travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Ile de Re in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include La Flotte-en-Re at 7 km and Ars-en-Re at 8 km.

Ile de Re, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 3 km (direction east)

On the north coast of Ile-de-Ré, the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is very...

See Saint-Martin-de-Re guide
La Flotte-en-Re

La Flotte-en-Re

Most Beautiful Village at 7 km (direction east)

The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré...

See La Flotte-en-Re guide


Most Beautiful Village at 8 km (direction west)

Ars-en-Ré is one of the pretty villages to explore on the Ile-de-Ré...

See Ars-en-Re guide
La Tranche-sur-Mer

La Tranche-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 16 km (direction north-north-west), in the Vendee department

La Tranche-sur-Mer is a small resort, but very pleasant and with an...

See La Tranche-sur-Mer guide
La Faute-sur-Mer

La Faute-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 16 km (direction north-north-east), in the Vendee department

Here at La Faute-sur-Mer you can explore the nature reserve and peninsula...

See La Faute-sur-Mer guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 20 km (direction east)

The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area make La...

See La Rochelle guide
La Rochelle aquarium

La Rochelle aquarium

at 20 km (direction east)

The aquarium in La Rochelle features various parts, including a shark tank...

See La Rochelle aquarium guide
La Rochelle harbour

La Rochelle harbour

at 20 km (direction east)

The harbour area in La Rochelle is the liveliest part of the...

See La Rochelle harbour guide
La Rochelle Natural History Museum

La Rochelle Natural History Museum

Museum at 20 km (direction east)

The Natural History Museum in La Rochelle contains an eclectic mix of...

See La Rochelle Natural History Museum guide
La Rochelle towers

La Rochelle towers

at 20 km (direction east)

These three fortress towers protect the entrance to the harbour in La...

See La Rochelle towers guide


Seaside resort at 26 km (direction north-north-west), in the Vendee department

At Longeville-sur-Mer you will enjoy the lively market in the town as...

See Longeville-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 27 km (direction north-west), in the Vendee department

Jard-sur-Mer is a very pleasant, if quite small, Vendee resort with a...

See Jard-sur-Mer guide


Island at 28 km (direction south-east)

Ile d'Aix is a small island, explored on foot or by bike,...

See Ile-d'Aix guide


Seaside resort at 29 km (direction east-south-east)

The seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage has a long sandy beach and a...

See Chatelaillon-Plage guide

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Markets in and near Ile de Re

  • La Couarde-sur-Mer: market every day - seasonal market only (1km)
  • Le Bois-Plage-en-Re: market every day (3km)
  • Ars-en-Re: market every day except Tuesday - seasonal market only (8km)
  • Ars-en-Re: market Tuesday (8km)
  • Saintes: market every day except Monday (8km)
  • Rivedoux Plage: market Monday and Friday (11km)
  • La Faute-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (16km)
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (17km)
  • Saint Denis d'Oleron: market Monday (19km)
  • La Rochelle: market every day (20km)

More information about Ile de Re, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Ile de Re, France

What to do at Ile de Re? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Ile de Re.


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (26km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (19km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (30km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (45km)
  • Jardins du Bâtiment (50km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (43km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (46km)
  • Hiers-Brouage (47km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique des Sables-d'Olonne (42km)

Geography and distances

Ile de Re is in the west of France at 20 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Ile de Re is 408 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ile de Re

Canton: na

Arrondissement: na

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: na

Distance to Ile de Re

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 20 km

from Paris: 408 km

from Calais: 580 km

from Nice: 737 km

from Bordeaux: 165 km

from Strasbourg: 738 km

Getting here

Most visitors will arrive by car typically from a channel ferry ports such as Saint Malo, Caen or Cherbourg, a drive af about 4-5 hours. For driving distances to Ile de Re from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Couarde-sur-Mer, Le Bois-Plage-en-Re, Loix and Saint-Martin-de-Re.

This page in French: Visiter Ile de Re