Cycle to l’Auberge Paysanne de la Mer for a leisurely lunch
Combine one of our favourite cycling circuits along the North coast with lunch at l’Auberge Paysanne de la Mer (or one of the other oyster shacks to the North of Saint-Martin).
Aperitif on the Beach
One of the highlights of the summer is to have pre-dinner drinks on the beach. “Aperitif” is high on the social agenda on Ile de Ré, sometimes turning into a meal in itself. Stock-up on finger food at the market (saucisson aux figues which they will slice for you; tapenades with croutons; prawns; ficelles aperitifs from the bakery). Take a beach rug and enjoy the sunset.
Climb up the church tower in Saint-Martin
Go to Saint-Martin in the morning to avoid the crowds; the climb up the church tower will reward you with a wonderful view of the village’s tiled roofs, and to Vauban’s amazing network of fortifications.
Walk to Le Martray on the beach
The beach at Bois-Plage is the longest on the island, stretching for miles in both directions. Heading right on the beach, you can walk for a good 2 hours to Le Martray, taking in lunch at La Cabane du Fier before heading back.
Stand-Up Paddle in the Marais Salants
Combine Stand-Up Paddle with beautiful scenery by going for a Paddle safari in the salt marshes.
Explore the Loix peninsula by bike
The route to Loix has some of the prettiest views across the salt marshes, and the newly refurbished sea wall along the peninsula starting at the small port provides a lovely opportunity to cycle along the shore. During Springtime there is the added benefit of wild flowers in the fields along the way.
Start the day with yoga on the beach
There’s a different atmosphere on the beach in the mornings with people running on wet sand, sea- walking in the water or heading to water sports. Ile de Ré is famous for enjoying “slow-life” and you can now start the day with Yoga on the Beach at Gros-Jonc.
Cycle to Saint-Martin for after dinner ice-cream
Take advantage of the long hours of daylight in the early part of the summer to cycle in the evenings. Saint-Martin is only 20mn away by bike from the villa: taste one of the best ice-creams in France and enjoy the lively atmosphere on the harbour.
Walk along the sea wall in Ars
The sea wall to the West of Ars is a lovely suntrap and the walk alongside it super scenic. Follow signs to Les Frères de la Côte and you can’t miss it.
Take a catamaran out for the afternoon
You can hire catamarans by the hour at the friendly sailing school La Cabane Verte in Bois-Plage.
Look for wild oysters on the beach
If you’d like to try oysters fresh out of the sea, try looking for them at low tide when the tides are at their lowest and the sea is far out.
Walk along the North coast between Fort de la Prée and La Flotte
A very pretty walk where bikes are not allowed, you can start at Fort de la Prée. Heading towards La Flotte, you will go past the atmospheric remains of l’Abbaye des Chateliers. You’ll also get one of the best views of the bridge from the island.