Rendez-vous in Saint-Martin-de-Ré

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    Saint-Martin-de-Ré

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  • Saint-Martin-de-Ré

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    Saint-Martin-de-Ré

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  • Saint-Martin-de-Ré

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    Saint-Martin-de-Ré

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Rendez-vous in Saint-Martin-de-Ré 17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré fr

As the historic capital of the Island of Ré, the charm of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is still today beyond compare. Built around its port and protected by ramparts, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is an unforgettable resort destination

This bustling village is dotted with richly historical buildings, patios ideals for relaxation, and a port frequented by fishermen and sailors alike.

The historical site of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is rife with opportunities for enjoyment, between its shops and galleries, reflective of a certain "art de vivre", markets and restaurants where local products can be found.

On July 7, 2008, the fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Ré were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, joining the ranks of 11 other major sites in Vauban.

Not to be missed:

  • The Vauban Fortifications: a military city built in the late seventeenth century and converted into a prison in the nineteenth century, these fortifications are unique due to their size: a semicircle 1.5 km in radius with 14 km of linear walls.
  • The Ernest Cognacq Museum will immerse you in the history of the Ile de Ré, from its origins all the way until today. Between stints of time as a hub of trade and commerce, defense center, area of exile for convicts and a refuge for tourists, Ré has experienced incredible transformation over time.
  • The port in the heart of the village is an ever-popular attraction, sheltering sail and fishing boats and serving as a frequent stop for sailors.
  • Cible beach, lying behind the village's walls, welcomes visitors young and old for relaxation and family fun.
  • The Clocher Observatory offers a panoramic view of the fortified city and the Ile de Ré.

Things to see in the surrounding area:

  • La Rochelle, a city anchored on the Atlantic coast near the islands of Ré and Oléron. Discover La Rochelle through its various ports: Vieux Port in the city center, the Minimes marina, La Pallice commercial harbor and the fishing port of Chef de Baie.
  • The Cape of Fort Boyard, rising from the sea, which is visible from most of the Charente coast. The mythical fort has become a symbol of the Charente-Maritimes.
  • The islands of Oléron and Aix

Access

  • By plane: The closest airport is at La Rochelle (20 km away), but the airports of La Roche-sur-Yon - Les Ajoncs (104 km away) and Nantes Atlantique (156 km away) are also options.
  • By train : TGV station at La Rochelle.
  • By bus : Connection at La Rochelle / Ile de Ré.
  • By car: Take the N237, toll for the bridge to the Ile de Ré.

Contact

O.T. Saint-Martin-de-Ré
2 Avenue Victor Bouthillier, B.P. 41
17410 SAINT-MARTIN DE RE
Tel : 05 46 09 20 06
Fax : 05 46 09 06 18  

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