Saint-Martin-de-Ré, discover the little Saint Trop' of the Ile de Ré
With more than 2,300 hours of sunshine per year, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is considered by many tourists and travel journalists to be the 'Little Saint Trop' of the Atlantic.
Saint-Martin-de-Ré: a little history
Saint-Martin-de-Ré was built around its port. Since the Middle Ages, the village has been populated by craftsmen, traders and merchants who exported the wine and salt produced on the island. The citadel then continued to develop until it became the historical, economic and administrative capital of the island of Ré.
Saint-Martin-de-Ré is full of cultural and natural curiosities to discover, but also offers a range of activities and visits for the whole family.
A heritage not to be missed on the Ile de Ré
Its port, the heart of the town
When you arrive in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, you will first be attracted by its port, around which restaurants and lively terraces flourish. It can accommodate 220 boats, including 52 pleasure craft, and has all the essential services.
Its Vauban fortifications
A visit to the Vauban fortifications, built between 1681 and 1685, will allow you to see an exceptional work of engineering during your holiday. They have been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since July 2008. A visit to the fortifications will reveal the eventful past of the city, which has been besieged many times since 1627.
The Ernest Cognacq Museum is a place to remember and discover the history and specificities of the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. Families are welcome with its guided tours and workshops for children. A visit not to be missed under any circumstances.
Its beach, the target
Don't forget to visit the beach at La Cible. In addition to the beauty of the place, you will enjoy water guaranteed by the "Démarche Qualité Eaux de Baignade" and all the amenities, including motor handicap access. A perfect place for your holidays.
Saint-Martin-de-Ré: activities for all
Whether you're full of energy or more of a laid-back type, you'll find something to suit you in the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré! For relaxation, head for the spa and the wellness areas. And don't forget the yoga courses.
Walks and hikes
For walkers, go for long walks to discover the town and its surroundings thanks to the rental of bikes, scooters, scooters or tandems. And why not try an original visit with the emblematic baudets du Poitou? You will also have the opportunity to explore the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré thanks to the guided tours, treasure hunts and Escape Games that will be offered.
Craftsmen and producers
Stroll along the winding streets where hollyhocks and picturesque shops plunge you into a timeless atmosphere. Venture into the homes of these craftsmen and producers to discover local specialities: salt from the Ile de Ré, Royale-Ré wine or donkey milk soaps.
Also not to be missed is the famous ice cream parlour le comptoir de Cathala which offers more than 60 different flavours from the famous salted butter caramel to the Charente melon.
Camping Sunélia Interlude: your mobile home in the heart of the Ile de Ré!
Take advantage of your stay at our family campsite Sunêlia Interlude to make a diversion to the beautiful citadel that is Saint-Martin-de-Ré. Ideally located in the centre of the island, in Bois-Plage-en-Ré, our campsite and our mobile homes are only 5 kilometres from this beautiful village... The ideal location for your holiday. So, make an appointment with our bike hire service to set off on your adventure!