L'Île de Ré, Ré la blanche

France’s 4th biggest island, Île de Ré is known as "Ré the white" because of its distinctively coloured houses. Originally home to humans in the Palaeolithic era, Île de Ré has been a sought-after spot for a long time. In the 17th century, Vauban built the island’s fortifications to defend it from the English. This legacy is now protected, with the structure listed as a Historic Monument (Monument Historiques scheme) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Camping la Grainetière **** is the ideal place to enjoy country holidays at the heart of Île de Ré, and explore the many marked paths on foot, by carriage or by bicycle.

Located 1.5 km from the campsite, La Flotte is one of the oldest villages on the island. Stroll around the port or relax on one of its many terraces, go shopping at the medieval market and take a walk past the pleasant mansions of yesteryear. And when the sun sets, you can go shopping at the night market in the port, open every night in July and August.

From the steeple of its fortified church, discover the historic capital of Saint Martin en Ré, its citadel, a major site by the architect Vauban, and its charming half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages. Île de Ré still shows the traces of centuries of history. Yet the archipelago is above all a little floating paradise that has become a top board sports destination. Regattas, sailing, kayak, surfing, kite surfing and stand up paddle await you on Île de Ré: come and try your hand at water sports for a thrilling holiday in Charente!

After all this activity, the area’s delicious food really hits the spot: from the flavoursome oysters to the local wine, take some time out from cycling to enjoy a tasting!