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Spring on the Ile de Ré

Spring, the season of rebirth, bewitches all nature lovers. On the Ile de Ré, the best way to witness this explosion of colors and scents is to go hiking. Or get on your bike and ride the 110 km of cycle paths along the coast, through marshes, woods and villages. That said, don’t forget to take your raincoat with you. Spring on Ré la Blanche is the rainy season. The risk of precipitation is greater in March and April than in May. However, the temperature is pleasant (between 7 and 16°C) and makes for great walking.

The culture

When it comes to heritage, the Vauban fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Ré and the church of Saint-Etienne in Ars-en-Ré, one of France’s most beautiful villages, are sure to please.

If it rains, take the opportunity to visit the Ernest Cognacq museum in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the Maison de la Dune in Les Portes-en-Ré, the Platin museum in La Flotte or the Baleines lighthouse in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines.

Discover ornithology

If you visit the Ile de Ré in early spring, you’ll have the chance to observe the last of the migratory birds overwintering in the Lilleau des Niges national reserve on the Fier d’Ars.

Gastronomy and water sports

May is a very good time to visit the Ile de Ré. The climate is excellent, the days are long and the island still retains its authentic face before the start of the summer season.

You can visit the villages and markets, enjoy delicious seafood on the beach at Rivedoux or on the port of Saint-Martin, listening to the waves, facing the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. On the beach, you’ll spot a few surfers.

Maybe they’ll awaken your inner surfing enthusiast and encourage you to take your first surf, kitesurf, windsurf or stand-up paddle lessons.

Already packed your hiking boots? Discover the best walks on the island of Ré.