Try these autumn activities on the Ile de Ré
Go in search of traces of the past
The Ile de Ré's past is still very much its present. Discover the ruins of the Châteliers Abbey in La Flotte. A combined guided visit that includes the Maison du Platin Museum is available. Discover the Vauban fortifications at Saint-Martin-de-Ré, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
See the vibrant colours of the landscape
Take in a seaside sunset as the autumn brings the island's nature alive.
Meet the Ile de Ré's donkeys
The Poitou donkey is a real symbol of the Ile de Ré. For many years, donkeys have been used in farming and are a key part of daily life here.
Go for a walk along the coast
Follow the trail along the coast and you'll discover breathtaking landscapes. Use the Ile de Ré Tour app or the Ile de Ré hiking field guide.
Try your hand at paddle-boarding
Escape into the heart of nature and try your hand at paddle-boarding for the chance to discover the Ile de Ré's best-kept secrets.
Go up high
Go up the 257 steps and enjoy a panoramic view over the Ile de Ré and its unforgettable scenery.
Go on a calm walk through the marshes, where the only sound you'll hear is birdsong.
Take in the view over the Ile de Ré's main village
Ascend the belltower steps and let the rich history of the Cité Vauban transport you to a magical world where gargoyles and statues seem to chatter to one another.
Go for a ride along 100km of cycle trails
Mount your bike, pedal along the cycle lanes and discover the rich authenticity of the island.
Get lost in the woods
Go on an invigorating walk in the forest or try mushroom picking, discover the flora and fauna of the Ile de Ré and be enchanted by the sweet foliage aromas