Le chemin en campagne

Touring cyclist ,  Natural at Saint-Martin-de-Ré

6.7 km
Touring cyclist
1h 30min
  • What could be better than a walk in the Rétais countryside to feel relaxed and rejuvenated?

    Ré is a farmers’ island before being a sailors’ island.

    To the east, fields divided into parcels manured with seasweeds can be seen. Grape plants that were not destroyed by phylloxera are cultivated on a sandy soil. The numerous parcels of vineyards alternate with market gardening and particularly with the cultivation of early potatoes which were awarded ‘Appellation d’Origine Controllée’.

    In the past, farmers used to work with donkeys and horses as their parcels were too small. On the other hand farmers were working with too much care to use tractors.
  • Difference in height
    27.05 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 Departure
Ré est l’île des paysans avant d’être celle des marins.

A l’Est s’étend un domaine parcellé à l’infini en raizes fumées de goémons. Sur un sol sablonneux, on cultive la vigne. Les ceps alignés ont échappé au phylloxéra. Les nombreuses parcelles de vignes alternent avec les cultures maraîchères, et principalement la culture de pommes de terre primeurs qui s’est vu attribuer l’Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée.

Les ânes et les chevaux étaient, autrefois, les compagnons des cultivateurs sur les parcelles trop modestes et trop minutieusement travaillées pour accueillir les tracteurs.
2 Saint-Martin-de-Ré
An ancient citadel and one of the major sites built by Vauban, today inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Saint Martin de Ré has retained its original charm within its star-shaped ramparts steeped in history: resistance to the assaults launched by the English Navy in the 17th century, increasing commercial activity thanks to the transport of salt and wine in the 18th century, town of departure for prisoners leaving for the penal settlements of French Guiana and New Caledonia in the 19th century,…

Behind the harbour, particularly lively during the summer season with its evening market, quiet streets lead to the church of Saint Martin whose walls bear witness to numerous attacks. From the top of the belltower, and particularly at sunset, you will discover a superb view over the town and the island.
4 Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré
As its name suggests it, the town is bordered on one side by the beaches and ocean, and on the other side by pine forests and vineyards.

Le Bois-Plage is the main seaside resort of the island, providing numerous campsites, hotels and holiday residences or holiday villages to accommodate holidaymakers. In summer, the most important market of the island takes place in the morning: sea produce, local products or objects. Outside the covered market, a kind of funfair with roundabouts and games, is a delight for kids.

Like the neighbouring village, La Couarde sur Mer, the wide beach provides the same appeal including bathing and watersports activities or fishing along the seashore.
5 La Couarde-sur-Mer
Set at the crossroads of the island roads and right by the ocean, La Couarde sur Mer is primarily a family village.

The heart of the town has a seaside resort feel and is the centre of the town life, particularly with the bandstand producing a buzz of activity. This bandstand, the only one in the island, hosts open-air concerts during all the summer season. Other concerts, exhibitions, performances and films are scheduled at La Maline, a cultural centre situated on the promenade at the heart of the village.

As for beach lovers, several kilometres of golden sand are at their disposal together with a wide range of watersports activities.
6 Arrival
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 “Forest Path”!
27 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 5 m
  • End altitude : 5 m
  • Maximum altitude : 11 m
  • Total positive elevation : 27 m
  • Total negative elevation : -27 m
  • Max positive elevation : 10 m
  • Min positive elevation : -3 m