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Vauban, le sentier pédestre des fortifications

Cultural ,  Historic ,  Walking/pedestrian in Rivedoux-Plage

13.3 km
3h 30min
  • Explore Vauban fortifications with this route connecting Rivedoux-Plage to Saint-Martin-de-Ré passing through La Flotte!

  • Explore Vauban fortifications and follow this walking route featuring the Retais small heritage.

    This route combining culture with leisure provides a distance that suits everyone from beginners to experienced walkers.

    BEWARE – follow the blue waymark sign!
  • Difference in height
    54.7 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 Départure - La Redoute
Here you are at La Redoute of Rivedoux-Plage: a military construction built to block the entrance to the island in case of invasion as early as the 17th century.

Follow the blue waymark sign all along the walking route!
2 Rue du Fort
Follow the street ‘Rue du Fort’ and bear left into ‘Avenue Gustave Perreau’.
3 Tourist Office of Rivedoux-Plage
Pass close to Tourist Office and turn left until you come to the seafront. Follow the street ‘Rue du Moulin’.
4 The Harbour
Follow the pedestrianised path along the port.
5 La Corniche (The coast road )
Then follow the coast road together with cyclists until you reach the restaurant ‘Les Viviers’.
6 Rue des Charbonnières
Bear left into the street ‘Rue des Charbonnières’ (walk for 500m).
7 Woodlands
Turn right into the path passing through woodlands for 800m.
8 In the direction of the Fort de la Prée
Cross the road RD 735 in the direction of the Fort de la Prée, an independent military site of Île de Ré which was built before the fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Ré.
9 Chemin des douaniers
Follow the small footpath (Chemin des Douaniers).
11 The Abbaye des Châteliers
The Abbaye des Châteliers is worth a detour! Then walk back and follow the coastal trail.
12 La Flotte
At La Flotte, reach the coast path.
13 The L’Arnérault beach
Once you have arrived at the L’Arnérault beach, bypass the port of La Flotte.
14 Tourist Office of La Flotte
Pass close to Tourist Office of La Flotte and then turn left.
15 Nautical base
Walk in the direction of the nautical base, and then along the oyster-farming buildings.
16 Blockhouse
Follow the coast path and pass close to the blockhouse, a vestige of World War II.
17 Saint-Marin-de-Ré
You are arriving at Saint-Martin-de-Ré! Continue straight ahead and then turn right.
18 Impasse des Antilles
Pass ‘Impasse des Antilles’ and ‘Rue des Îles Grenadines’.
19 Avenue de La Plage
Bear right to the La Cible beach.
20 La Cible beach
You can have a bath at La Cible beach! You are facing Pertuis Breton.
21 The Citadelle
Enjoy the view of the Citadelle of Saint-Martin-de-Ré.
22 Arrival - Tourist office of Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Arrival. Don’t miss a visit to Saint-Martin-de-Ré. And then the bus takes you to the departure point!
55 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 6 m
  • End altitude : 5 m
  • Maximum altitude : 11 m
  • Total positive elevation : 55 m
  • Total negative elevation : -56 m
  • Max positive elevation : 7 m
  • Min positive elevation : -8 m