GITES WITH POOLS
ęcopyright www.gites-with-pools.co.uk 2007.
Attraction in the Vendee.
Ile de RE
not in the Vendee this 30 kilometer island just off the coast of the
Vendee is connected by a 2.9 kilometer bridge to La Rochelle and is
administered by the Charente Maritime. In Roman times it was in fact 3
islands but with the production of salt and silting it is now one
island about 2.5 kilometers wide at it widest piont but only a few
hundred meters at its narrowist.
impressive bridge "Pont de Re" at almost 3 kms long joins the island to
the mainland close to the commercial port and the airport at La
Rochelle and since its construction in 1989 it has aloud the island to
develop, especially in tourism.
Today the islands attract vast amounts of visiters both those that stay
in Hotels, Gites, guesthouses and campsites which are everywhere on the
island and those that make the daily pilgrimage to take in delights
that this island has to offer.
de Re is the second largest of the towns on the island and probibly
it's most interesting and most commercially touristique. The town is
surrounded by 12kms of fortifications with impressive entrance gates,
high stonewalls 2mts thick and a moat that encircles the whole town.
The harbour is the center of attraction with it's massive
fortifications and an island in the centre, it is surrounded by
restaurants, bars and shops and is a bustling and pleasant place.
Leading off from the harbour are numerous narrow streets with colourful
shops, small markets where fresh produce can be bought and picturesque
allays and houses with hollyhocks planted everywhere.
Other towns that are worth a visit are La Flotte, Ars en Re and Rivedoux.
The whole island is a network of cycle tracks and this is the best way
to travel to take in all the many attractions that the Ile de Re has to
offer. There are no hills so the going is easy and most of the well
marked cycle paths are well away from the cars and coaches that are
here in great numbers in the holiday season. Another good reason to
cycle to the island is the expence of crossing the Bridge. From the end
of September to approx 20th June the cost is 9 euros for a car but this
nearly doubles during the summer season. If you do decide to drive out
to the island you can still hire a bike from one of the many shops that
specialise in all manner of bikes.
de Re is a painters paradise with bright colour fishing boats, the
white washed houses with painted shutters and flowers everywhere,
the clear air, blue sky and water and a laid back atmoshere that artist
The island is also popular with nature lovers with a wealth of flora
and fauna, and attracts bird watches especially in the autumn for the
island is a stop off for migratory birds heading south.