2020 was going to be a great year for the Ile de Ré. Le Tour was coming. By February roads were already being resurfaced to be ready for the cyclists of the legendary Tour de France. Then came Covid-19.
Health wise the island has not been a Coronavirus hot spot but for somewhere that relies on tourism it has been hard. Luckily, Le Tour is back on, delayed until September and people are booking holidays again.
Our house is rented out for part of August but there are still plenty of weeks available when the sun is almost certain to be shining.
The island stage of the Tour de France will be finishing a few minutes walk from our house in Saint Martin de Ré. Full details of the Tour on the island are here. Cycling fans can enjoy a holiday on Ré and see how the professionals do it.
So if you are thinking I need a break after all that has happened, think about the Ile de Ré. There are beautiful beaches, amazing bike rides, lovely local seafood and even Rasta donkeys…
If getting to the Ile de Ré worries you post Covid, there are plenty of options to think about. La Rochelle airport is back in business with regular flights. Routes include London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Dublin, Geneva and Porto.
The nearest ferry port from the UK is St Malo for Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth.
Some people are telling me they think the safest way is by car and if coming from Britain, using Le Shuttle.
However you get here, remember France is well ahead of Britain in terms of coming out of Covid, so there’s still plenty to enjoy. We can even do you a lovely sunset…
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