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10 unusual things to know about the Île de Ré

Île de Ré: an Atlantic gem

The Île de Ré, nicknamed 'La Ré Blanche' for its traditional houses with green shutters, is a veritable treasure trove on France's Atlantic coast. With its sandy beaches, salt marshes and historic heritage, it offers a complete change of scenery and undeniable charm.

10 things you need to know before visiting Île de Ré

Whale Lighthouse This lighthouse, located at the western tip of the island, takes its name from the many cetaceans that came ashore in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Le Sel de Ré : The island of Ré is famous for its salt marshes. Ré salt is renowned for its exceptional quality, and is used by many Michelin-starred chefs.

Lilleau des Niges Nature Reserve: This reserve is home to a wide variety of bird species, making it a birdwatcher's paradise.

Fort de La Prée: This is the island's oldest military fort, built in 1625 under the reign of Louis XIII.

The Île de Ré Bridge Inaugurated in 1988, this 2.9-kilometer bridge is the only road link between the island and the mainland.

Roses Trémières These flowers are emblematic of the Ile de Ré and contribute to its picturesque charm.

Donkeys in breeches: Once used to work in the salt marshes, donkeys wear "culottes" to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Today, they are a popular tourist attraction.

Vélo-Ré: With over 100 kilometers of cycle paths, the island of Ré is a cyclist's paradise.

Marché de La Flotte: This medieval market is classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Markets in France".

Cabanes de Pêcheurs: These colorful little huts, once used by fishermen, are now often transformed into artists' studios or boutiques.

Sunrise on a Ile de Ré beach

Île de Ré salt marshes

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