Welcome to Île de Ré


On the northern coast, about 12km from the toll bridge that links the island to La Rochelle, is main town St-Martin-de-Ré (population 2600), a quaint fishing port. Surrounded by 17th-century star-shaped fortifications and a citadel (today a prison) built by Vauban, the port town is a mesh of streets filled with Paris-chic fashion boutiques, art galleries and salty sea views.


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