Attractions

Top Choice Lighthouse in Île de Ré

Phare des Baleines

For an overview of the island, follow the crowds to Phare des Baleines, the island's scarlet-tipped, 59m-tall lighthouse on its northwestern tip. Scale the dizzying, 257-step spiral staircase inside the 19th-century…
Tower in Île de Ré

Clocher Observatoire

A hike up the 117 steps inside the bell stone of fortified Église St-Martin rewards with a mighty fine panorama of St-Martin-de-Ré and the coast. The well-used wooden staircase twists up past the bell tower's trio o…
Museum in Île de Ré

Musée Ernest Cognacq

This small museum, opposite the tourist office at the entrance to St-Martin de Ré, explores island history through art, ceramics and maritime curiosities. Don't miss the Salle des Fortifications with a model of the …