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KYRIAD LA ROCHELLE CENTRE - Les Minimes

Hotel KYRIAD LA ROCHELLE CENTRE - Les Minimes

Hotel 3 stars - 19 km from La Rochelle downtown
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Hotel PREMIERE CLASSE LA ROCHELLE CENTRE - Les Minimes

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Hotel CAMPANILE ROCHEFORT SUR MER - Tonnay Charente

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Ile-de-Re is an island off the west coast of France, near to La Rochelle, and lies on the northern side of the Pertuis d’Anitoche Strait. The island is in fact connected to the mainland at La Rochelle by a 2.9km bridge constructed in 1988. The highest point on the island is only 20m in elevation. The island is 30km long and 5km wide. The area is a popular tourist destination with roughly the same number of sun shine hours as France’s southern coast. 

 

Ile-de-Re was an archipelago made up of three small islands during the Roman era. Since then human activity like salt fields, combined with siltage, has filled in the space between the three islands. The English invaded the island in 1627 under the command of the Duke of Buckingham to relieve the Siege of La Rochelle. The Duke withdrew after three months of combat. 

A two-day break
Ile-de-Re
makes for a brilliant destination for a short relaxing break. The island is surrounded by gently sloping sandy beaches, and is covered with bicycle tracks – cars are rarely used by the residents there. Although the island has 200,000 more residents in the summer than it does in the winter, it tends not to get crowded as the residences are spread out across the whole island. The island is just a half hour drive from the Hotel Kyriad La Rochelle Centre

A seven-day break
For a relaxing day on the beach your best bet might be Plage Gros Jonc, which you can cycle to from Le Flotte, a long sandy beach with clear water, a nice café and clean toilets. For nightlife your main options are Saint Martin, the main port, or La Flotte. Here you can stroll along the piers and browse in the shops that stay open late. There is an abundance of restaurants to choose from. Visitors can watch the buskers or enjoy a drink or the island’s ice cream.  

Family Holiday
At the far end of the island is the Phare des Baleines, the island’s tallest lighthouse. If you have the energy for the trek to the top, you will be rewarded with some stunning views. The Ecomusée du Marais Salant is a great chance for your family to learn about the history of the salt trade, one of the island’s biggest industries. Of course the island’s beaches are likely to be the most popular with the kids, and Plage Gros Jonc has just enough waves to be ideal for learner or beginner surfers. If there is enough wind it is also good for sail boarding. 

 

 

Transport
Cars are rarely used by the residents on Ile de Re, many of whom choose to cycle to get around the island. The 3km bridge to the island, from La Rochelle, is open 24hrs a day and seven days a week. There is a toll for cars – 8 euros in the winter, 16 in the summer – but for pedestrians and cyclist it is free. 

Food
As you might expect from an island, seafood is widely available and is of a very high quality. Oysters are constantly available and can even be picked up a local markets as you cycle on route to other attractions. Crabs, clams, scallops and local mussels are also available. All of it is fresh caught and perfectly prepared. 

Events
Towards the end of August the island’s west beach is home to the Salsa Festival. This is open to anyone but you must remember to register for it. The Bois-Plage-en-Re plays host to a circus course at the start of August, and has done for the ast 10 years. The course is open to anyone between 4 and 17 and is a great activity for the family. 

Did You Know ?
During World War II the Germans, fearing the chance of a seaward invasion, fortified Ile de Re as a means of defence. This involved building a series of bunkers along the island’s beaches. Many of these bunkers are still there, in a derelict state, and can be seen today. Several scenes in The Longest Day were filmed on the island.