The Whales Lighthouse

The very first tower built under the rule of Vauban was used from 1682 to 1854 and it is declared Historic Monument.

Between 2005 and 2007 was this tower under reconstruction. The present-day Grand Lighthouse was inaugurated in 1854. With its 57 meters is one of the highest in France. 257 steps to walk up to the top for an extraordinary view on the island and sea!

Museographic activity area about the lighthouses and their history just under the old tower.
More info about the Whales Lighthouse

 

Open From October to March
daily: 10:30-17:30
From April to June + September: 10:00 -19:00
July to August: 9:30 – 21:00

Villages on l’ile de Re

Le bois plage en Ré

Le bois plage en Ré is located on the south side of the island and it is one of the oldest seaside resort. Opened to the ocean, its inhabitants are proud to the quality of its beaches, blue flag 2014.

For more information about the village see the Tourist Office website.

Ars en Ré

On l’île de Ré in Charente Maritime, Ars en Ré is one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France with its 1 300 inhabitants where it feels good to live.

For more information about the village see the Tourist Office website.

La Flotte

La Flotte is first of all a stopover known among sailors because of an unusual bell tower of its church but also for charming village port.

For more information about the village see the Tourist Office website.

Saint Martin

St-Martin is a quaint village enclosing its port and protected by the ramparts of Vauban. The Citadel saw many prisoners sent to penal colony in Cayenne .

For more information about the village see the Tourist Office website.

The fort de la prée

This monument is the oldest on l’île de Ré. It is listed as ancient monument since 2008. Built in 1626, its first goal was to ensure the sovereignty of the king Louis XIII on the island.

More information about The Fort de la Prée

 

Low Season: Mid of April, May, June and September: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00

High season: July – August: 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-19:00

Open from Monday to Friday and Sunday afternoon.

The Salt Marshes

An essential part of the patrimony of l’île de Ré, The Salt Marshes have formed an uniquely diverse natural environment which is home to various birds species and specific plants. The preservation and reclamation of salt farming ensures the sustainability of this equilibrium between human and his environment.

More information about The Salt Marshes

 

From 4th of March to 12th of April (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
14:30 – 17:30
From 13th of April to 15th of June
14:30 – 18:00
From 16th of June to 15th of September
10:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 19:00
From 16th of September to 3th of November (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
14:30 – 17:30