Ars en Ré

Set on a peninsula linked to the Ile de Ré by the isthmus of the Martray, a small piece of land of only a few tens of meters, Ars-en-Ré is one of the essential visits of your camping holiday. Ars-en-Ré - a member of the "Villages of stones and water" network - has preserved its charm, its authenticity and its identity. It is famous for its painted bell tower, its pretty marina, its cobbled streets and its architectural typicity. ... Small tour of this small picturesque village to wish!

The steeple of the church, the pride of Ars-en-Ré!

During your walks on the island, you will know very quickly when you approach Ars-en-Ré because you will see the bell tower of the Saint-Étienne church and its black and white arrow over 40 meters High! It is the symbol of an entire village that attracts all eyes here! Before the construction of the lighthouses, bicolour steeples were common practices on the island of Ré. They served as a landmark for sailors. Over time, they have all disappeared and only Ars-en-Ré has kept his own! After climbing the famous bell tower, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the ocean, the countryside, the Fier d'Ars and the salt marshes. Do not forget your camera!

A short stroll through the alleys of the village ...

During the day, you will enjoy strolling through the pretty flowered alleys and the narrow streets lined with low houses with white facades and green shutters typical of the island of Ré. Stuck to each other and sheltered from the winds, these small traditional fishermen's houses were built with a mixture of marine sand and limestone. Legend has it that the fishermen used to use the bottoms of paint used to paint the hull of the boats to color the shutters of their house. Continuing the visit on the side of the church square, do not miss the House of the Seneschal, former residence of the lord of Ars and beautiful residence of Renaissance style which today houses the town hall.

The marina of Ars-en-Ré

Formerly a salt trade center, the marina of Ars-en-Ré has become the first marina of the island of Ré over time with more than 500 rings. It is also a place to relax with its cafés and its market (the second biggest market of the island of Ré!) Where local traders and producers are looking forward to offer a wide range of regional products to the campers.

The salt marshes of the Fier d'Ars

During your camping holiday, the marsh trail offers a beautiful escape in the heart of a wild and wild nature. You will discover beautiful landscapes and protected areas where thousands of birds have found refuge. The marshes are still exploited today by about sixty salt-makers. They come to extract the salt, this white gold which made very early the fame of the village, according to an ancestral know-how. You can linger around the old salt refinery, part of which is inscribed on historic monuments. On the estuary of the Fier, the culture of the oyster, the pearl of the island of Ré, is also well anchored in the decor.

Ars-en-Ré is full of treasures that you will have all the leisure to discover during your holidays at the Camping 3 stars Les Fougères!