La Flotte en Ré, Ile de Ré
The Ile de Ré, a little corner of paradise floating in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of La Rochelle, is best explored on foot or by bike
Roadbook Ile de Ré - The ile de Ré - La Flotte harbour - La Flotte market - Useful information
This idyllic island, with its long and varied history, boasts beautiful expansive beaches to the south and little harbours where holidaymakers mingle with fishermen to the north. This historic island, with its unspoilt old-world charm, immortalised by its resident artists, is sure to enchant you with its quaint, pretty villages, flowered alleyways and traditional fishermen’s cottages. The island is easily accessible via the toll bridge, with bus services from La Rochelle, flights from Paris and London, and rail links.
In the past, La Flotte was first and foremost a stopover for sailors, who would recognise it thanks to its church tower, but also its emblematic fishing harbour.
In winter, the beautiful surroundings, along with the restaurants and bistros that grace the quays, make this village a veritable haven of tranquillity.
However, with the change in season comes a change in rhythm: with the arrival of the good weather, the village takes on a festive ambience! Residents, holidaymakers and passing visitors alike come out in force to enjoy special events such as dance evenings and the stunning St Laurent firework display, making La Flotte the place to be!
The most atypical market on the Ile de Ré can be found in the heart of La Flotte, where a host of flavours and perfumes, everyday groceries and a wide range of local products come together to create a bright and colourful ambience.
The market’s dedicated stallholders welcome residents and visitors every morning throughout the year.
During your stay on the island, make sure you take the opportunity to stroll around all ten of these authentic villages, each one with its quintessential Ré character. The island, famous for its green shutters, basks in a palette of bright colours throughout the changing seasons.
La Flotte is no exception. Discover this charming little village, typical of the island, whose lanes, alleyways and old wells speak volumes about its long history.
Take the time during your stay in La Flotte to lose yourself in its maze of flowered lanes!
AQUARÉ Saint-Martin-de-Ré’s swimming pool www.vert-marine.com
CYCLAND bike rental in la Flotte a 20 % discount +33 (0) 5 46 09 60 25 www.cycland.fr
VÉL'ILE EN RÉ bike rental in La Flotte with a 20% discount +33 (0)9 80 57 54 85 www.velileenre.com
NEPTUNE Thalasso spa centre in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré with a 10% discount on individual treatments and therapy courses +33 (0)5 46 30 22 44 - iledere-relaisthalasso.com
CNPA sailing school la Flotte en Ré www.iledere-voile.com
Ile de Ré TOLL BRIDGE +33 (0)5 46 00 51 10 www.pont-ile-de-re.com
Laleu la Rochelle AIRPORT +33 (0)5 46 42 30 26 www.larochelle.aeroport.fr
Trousse chemise GOLF CLUB www.golftroussechemise.com
DREAM' ON ballade en mer WWW.CATAMARAN-DREAMON.COM
La Rochelle - Ile de ré BUS +33 (0)8 11 36 17 17 www.transport.nouvelle-aquitaine.fr
BEATRICE TAXI taxi service + 33 (0)6 24 77 27 49 www.taxiledere.com
LABRUSSE PIERRE TAXI + 33 (0)6 08 22 06 12