The scents of pine trees and cypresses of the forest of Lizay lightly attract walkers to a wooded area… Sunlight filters through the branches. The ocean rumbles in the distance. Leave your bike. Walk through the forest, take the paths on the fine sandy dunes, and the beach of La Conche des Baleines comes into view…
This route provides a beautiful walk through the forest, but the ocean is never far away…
At the far end of the island, the village of Les Portes en Ré nestles among forests, salt marshlands and beaches. With its tables outside cafés, and restaurants, the Place de La Liberté is at the heart of the village and bustles with life late in the afternoon when locals and tourists come back from the beach.
Along the narrow streets, behind simple facades, beautiful houses belonging to inhabitants in search of peace and quiet.
In the nature reserve of Lilleau des Niges, accessible either on foot or by bike, you will be able to view thousands of birds during their migration or at the time of nesting.
Not mentioning Trousse Chemise forest would be a regrettable omission: this idyllic spot, immortalized by Charles Aznavour, retains its unspoilt magical atmosphere.
Beach of La Conche
According to the legend, this is the place where 300 whales would have washed up on a sandbank during Roman times. Much later, the film “The Longest Day” was shot on this beach.
Enjoyed this circuit? So don’t hesitate to carry on discovering the “natural” side of the island thanks to two other routes: “Marshland Path” and “Countryside Path”!