Hiking on the Ile de Ré

Hiking will bring you close to nature during your stay on the Ile de Ré.

Breathe in the fresh air as you take to the marked trails. Remember to pack your hiking boots!

The great outdoors: hiking on the Ile de Ré

From Portes en Ré, discover the salt marshes, home to many species of migratory birds. A wonderful spectacle! And discover Loix en Ré, to see more salt marshes and a mosaic of breathtaking panoramas.

Then there’s Saint-Martin de Ré where you can see Vauban’s fortifications and a charming little port. And if you are interested in history, go to Rivedoux-Plage, a village with a very interesting cultural heritage. The hollyhock-lined narrow streets of these small villages are absolutely charming.

Don’t forget Bois-Plage en Ré for its market (2nd largest after Ars-en-Ré), or Sainte-Marie de Ré and its fish locks.

Hiking around Baleines Lighthouse

Take a walk around Baleines Lighthouse in Saint Clément des Baleines!

On the western tip of Ile de Ré is this is magnificent lighthouse steeped in history. “Baleines” means “whales” and the lighthouse is named after the Pointe des Baleines where these majestic mammals used to come ashore long ago. The lighthouse was built to help mariners sail safely and know they were close to the coast. Since about 1800, several buildings have been built, including the Baleineaux Lighthouse located closer to the shore. All of its infrastructures and related spaces are classified as historical monuments.

The lighthouse itself is 60 metres high and offers a dazzling panorama of the Ile de Ré, the coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Baleines Park and Site: this precious natural area nestles at the foot of the lighthouse. Here, you can observe birds in their natural habitat in an idyllic setting. You can treat yourself to a meal or ice cream in the café, or enjoy a swim on the famous Conche des Baleines beach.