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Culture and heritage in Ars-en-Ré

Culture and heritage in Ars-en-Ré

Discover history and cultural activities in the village of Ars-en-Ré

Ars-en-Ré, listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, also belongs to the network of Villages de Pierres & d’Eau (Villages of Stone and Water). It has earned this label through its high-quality architecture, typical of the Charente-Maritime region, its location next to a saltwater bay, and its dynamism in the tourist industry.

A belltower in black and white! This symbol of the village can be seen for miles around. The 40-metre-high spire helps sailors find their way. It is surrounded by beautiful houses, including the 16th-century Maison du Sénéchal townhouse, the only one of its kind on the Ile de Ré. As you walk down towards the old harbour, which dates from the 18th century, you'll relive the seafaring past of Ars-en-Ré. Lose yourself in flowered alleyways and escape into a daydream between old stone walls. Discover the old salt refinery: 60 salt workers still make their living on the Fier d’Ars marshes. In summer, you can watch how they harvest the salt, and in winter, gaze out over breathtaking landscapes.