Last winter it was the New York Times that put the Ile de Ré on a best list. Now The Times has done it. Celebrating the island in its list of the 50 best French holidays and as one of the 10 best French breaks for families. I have to agree…
Great beaches, lovely food and if you want to get on a bike, brilliant. The island is a cyclist’s dream. A network of cycle routes goes up, down and across Ré. Pedalling is made that much easier by the lack of hills.
By bike you are never more than a few minutes from another beach. Of course if four legs rather than two wheels is your kind of thing, there are always the donkeys. On a good day you can hear them from our garden.
There are more places to rent a bike than rent a car on the island. A cycle certainly gets you to places you can’t drive to. Your wheels will be handy for some of the oyster shacks.
However you spend your day, be it on the beach or just wandering the whitewashed villages, you need to be ready for sundown. The island gets some brilliant sunsets. We love the short walk from our house in St Martin de Ré to see the amazing colours round the harbour.
In summer St Martin de Ré has its own night market. You can have dinner at our favourite harbourside restaurant, Bistrot Marin and then check out the stalls as you wander home to dream of the next day. Hoping it will start with breakfast in the garden.
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