Saint-Martin en Ré
Discover Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the historical capital of the island of Ré, which is nicknamed the small Saint-Tropez of the Atlantic! With its typical houses with green shutters, its narrow streets flourished with hollyhocks, its pretty postcard-like port, not forgetting its ramparts full of history, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a favorite village that you You will have to visit during your camping holidays!
Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the jewel of Ré island
Nestled behind the ramparts built by Vauban, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is probably the most touristic village on the island of Ré. Here, everything invites you to stroll. Each street corner offers its share of discovery. We love to get lost, to pass and to go there to discover something new each time. You will be charmed by the many medieval buildings such as the half-timbered house of La Vinatrie (16th century) or the old hospital Saint-Honoré and its apothecary built during the reign of Louis XIV. The church of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, which from the top of the Clocher Observatoire, offers a unique view of the fortified city and its surroundings. If you are passionate about history, do not miss the visit of the Hotel de Clerjotte and the Ernest Cognacq Museum located in the heart of the city. You will discover nearly 15,000 objects and documents (ceramics, paintings, marine objects, cartographic collections, books and archives ...) retracing the history of the island of Ré around the theme of commerce, fortifications and the penal colony. For before becoming a tourist destination flagship of the Atlantic coast, the island of Ré was at the end of the XIXe century a gathering point of the condemned ones leaving for the convicts of Guyana and New Caledonia!
A stopover on the port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré
If you are looking for entertainment, head for the port of Saint-Martin, the largest of the island of Ré! After a stroll along the docks where fishing and yachting boats are moored, you can sit on the terrace of a café to enjoy the sun and the atmosphere of the place. After the pleasure of the eyes, let yourself go to the pleasure of the papillae, because it is here that we find the glacier La Martinière, ranked among the 5 best in France. A treat that literally melt holidaymakers! The Saint-Martin-de-Ré covered market is also a must for your camping holiday. You will find the best products of local producers: the prime potato of the island of Ré (from the end of April to June), freshly picked fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood straight out of the holds of the boats. ..
The fortifications Vauban and the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Saint-Martin-de-Ré is home to some of the island's best preserved heritage. The Vauban Citadel and the ramparts of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a good example of this. The 12 kilometers of fortifications were built to protect the population from the invaders, but also from the tumultuous storms of the Atlantic Ocean. Free or guided tour, you can explore this emblematic monument of Saint-Martin-de-Ré from the Gate of the Campani.