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Are you about to book your vacation at a 4-star campsite on the Ile de Ré? Are you wondering when is the best time to discover the Charente coastline and this natural jewel off the coast of La Rochelle?

Don’t panic: Ré la Blanche enjoys an excellent climate and can be visited all year round.

Spring for rebirth and sunshine

Spring, a time of renewal, is always a wonderful time to visit the Ile de Ré. Flowering trees brighten up parks and gardens. Nature lovers will enjoy witnessing this renewal on foot during a hike, or by bike on the 110 km of cycle paths.

The days are long, the evenings cool without being cold. Although it rains less than in winter, the risk of precipitation is real.

In summer for the mild climate

In summer, the oceanic climate and the influence of the Gulf Stream guarantee pleasantly mild temperatures and exceptional sunshine. It’s hot, but temperatures rarely exceed 30°C. You can visit the island’s pretty villages (Ars-en-Ré, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Le Bois, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Saint-Clément-des-Baleines), take part in water sports, stroll through the salt marshes, sunbathe on the beach and enjoy the summer entertainment.

In autumn for an Indian summer

The island of Ré is an ideal destination for prolonging summer. The island is back to its usual calm, the climate remains mild, the days are still sunny and there are some magnificent sunsets.

The rainy season starts in October, so it’s best to take a raincoat with you before you set off.

In winter for more authenticity

Between December and March, the island generally belongs exclusively to the Rétais. If you’re interested in the wilderness of the Charente archipelago and contact with its inhabitants, you’ll find what you’re looking for in winter.

Thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, winters are not harsh, but expect a few rainy days. Some holidaymakers choose winter for a 100% relaxing vacation, such as a thalasso cure.

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