Discover the city
Fortified city by Vauban, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is the historical capital of the island of Ré. A must-visit place, the small port city is rich in an important heritage. Major sites include the 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Vauban Fortifications, the 17th Century Citadel, which became a prison, the port sheltered behind its ramparts, and the Bell Tower-Observatory of the Fortified Church of St. Martin. The harbor district is, of course, a popular place for a stroll, among the bustling terraces where to relax, the shops where to stroll, and the pleasure and fishing boats to admire. Not far from the harbor, the covered market allows you to stock up on quality local specialties and fresh seafood. In the city center, the Ernest-Cognacq museum offers a comprehensive history of the island from prehistory to the present day. , going through the dark hours of the convicts.
During your stay on the island, several activities are offered by the capital Saint-Martin-de-Ré. The visit of the steeple-observatory of the fortified church is a must if you do not suffer from vertigo: very popular with tourists, this climb offers a breathtaking view of the village and the ocean, particularly popular at sunset. Sun. It also allows to discover the mechanism of the monumental clock and the bells. The Vauban fortifications of the city are also unveiled during a walk: ramparts, stairs, watchtowers, to discover between the green spaces where graze donkeys and stone paths. On the edge of the ramparts, La Barbette park is also a pleasant place for relaxation with the family: mini-golf, children’s games and donkey rides in panties await you in this green and shaded setting facing the sea. In the evening, the Saint-Martin-de-Ré night market is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike.