Ars en Ré is a small village not to be missed when visiting l’Ile de Ré. Located on the North Coast in the western part of the Ile de Ré, it has nothing to envy to the other typical villages of the island in terms of charm. Thanks to its remarkably preserved heritage and gentle way of life, the village of Ars en Ré is classified among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. It also houses the largest marina on the Ile de Ré. Your holydays in Ile de Ré are the perfect opportunity to discover the village more closely.
This typical village is a fishing village that will seduce you with its authentic and preserved setting. The white houses decorated by the hollyhocks never cease to amaze visitors. Vineyards and oyster farms are also an integral part of the village’s landscape. It also offers activities for all tastes, making the joy of young and old alike.
This charming village is located about 16 km from the campsite Ile de Ré l’Ile Blanche. To taste the charms of Ars en Ré, you just have to travel this distance in your car. A day outing with the whole family in this beautiful Rhaetan town will be synonymous with beautiful moments of relaxation. The journey takes only twenty minutes.
Nestled between the sea, the salt marshes, the vineyards and the market garden fields, we love the simplicity and authenticity of Ars en Ré. As soon as you see its church bell tower with its 40 m black and white spire, you know you are coming to the village. It is said that this bell tower guided sailors to the port at the time.
Following the maze of alleys on foot is the best way to discover Ars en Ré. With its houses with white walls, its church of St Etienne combining Romanesque and Gothic structure as well as its 500 ring port, it is very pleasant to visit. The cafés and restaurants around the port are ideal for tasting the best of local cuisine. seafoodcaught early in the morning and fresh vegetables from its fields give a fresh flavour to the dishes on offer.
The market also attracts many visitors. Thanks to its entertainment and local products, it unintentionally calls tourists and holidaymakers passing through the village. Saliculture and oyster aquaculture are omnipresent in Ars en Ré. Visiting the oyster beds and the salt marshes are among the highlights when visiting this charming village. The marshes of the Fier d’Ars and the Huîtrière de Ré are the most famous. The wild coast and beaches of Ars en Ré are ideal for fishing on foot and some water sports. There are many leisure activities there due to the presence of the port. Otherwise, the cycle paths await you to discover natural landscapes of great beauty and the surrounding Rhetorical villages. You can rent a bike on the island of Ré within the campsite l’Ile Blanche.