What to see in Ars-en-Ré in Charente-Maritime?
The narrow streets lined with hollyhocks in Ars-en-Ré are the perfect setting for a walk with family or friends. This walk allows you to appreciate the picturesque setting where whitewashed houses with green shutters typical of the region are omnipresent.
The centre of the Rhaetian village is centred around a beautiful square and the church of St. Stephen, a fine example of Gothic architecture. In summer, the clock tower is open to the public, allowing visitors to see the carpentry work inside the spire and to enjoy a breathtaking view of the village and the sea. In addition to its aesthetic function, the spire was once used as a guide for ships. In order to make it visible from afar, it was painted black and white.
Other places worth visiting in Ars-en-Ré include the gardens and the Maison du Sénéchal, a 16th-century building with an imposing decorative corner tower. The marina – which can accommodate more than five hundred boats – is of course also a must, as is the natural harbour close to the village, a particularly lively place with cafés and various activities. Discover the Atlantic Ocean thanks to the numerous cycle paths along the marina and the Atlantic coast of the Charente Maritime department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
A village in the heart of the salt marshes
Unique in its calm and preservation, the exotic village of Ars-en-Ré nestles in an exceptional natural setting, by the sea and surrounded by salt marshes. Accessible via the slender Martray isthmus, it has been labelled a “village of stones and water”. This exceptional environment, with its rich biodiversity, invites you to go for numerous walks or bike rides. A network of cycle tracks allows you to discover the salt marshes and takes you to the remarkable sites in the area: the 121 hectares of the National Nature Reserve of Lilleau des Niges managed by the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), the Baleines lighthouse and its museum, or the Conche beach. Ars-en-Ré’s rejuvenating setting also promises beautiful family walks, camera in hand, along the Fier waterway, on the Boutillon dike or on the port.
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Restaurants in Ars-en-Ré
Ars-en-Ré offers a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Here are five addresses that might interest you:
- Chez Rémi : French cuisine has pride of place in this restaurant.
Price: from 20 to 55 €.
Address: Port d’Ars-en-Ré.
- La Cabane du Fier : It is the perfect place to enjoy fish or seafood.
menu: around €30
Address: 20, Le Martray.
- Au Goûter Breton : Au Goûter Breton est l’une des meilleures crêperies de l’ile de Ré.
Wheat pancakes : 1.30 à 2.50 € ;buckwheat pancake: 2.90 à 4.90 €
Address: 48, rue du Havre.
- Restaurant Le Martray : The restaurant Le Martray is also a good address serving French cuisine.
menu: around €30
Address: 8, route d’Ars.
- Le Café du commerce :The restaurant serves cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean. Seafood such as oysters, prawns and mussels are served.
Address: 6, quai de la Prée.
Ars-en-Ré offers the perfect setting for a thalasso holiday. The marine environment is conducive to relaxation of the muscles and the mind. The heart of the village itself is soothing. It is a pleasure to stroll through the narrow streets, sublimated by hollyhocks and colourful houses.
In Ars-en-Ré, Côté Thalasso is a must for a relaxing holiday. The establishment welcomes you to an environment light years away from stress and pollution, a setting where you can fully enjoy unique moments of well-being.
Côté Thalasso propose, entre autres prestations, des protocoles de soins visant à apaiser le corps et l’esprit ou à soulager certaines douleurs (jambes lourdes, problèmes circulatoires) ; il existe aussi des cures conçues pour les futures ou les jeunes mamans, les jeunes filles ou garçons qui souhaitent s’initier aux bienfaits de la thalassothérapie…
Côté Thalasso offers, among other services, treatment protocols aimed at soothing the body and mind or relieving certain pains (heavy legs, circulatory problems); there are also cures designed for expectant or young mothers, young girls or boys who wish to be initiated into the benefits of thalassotherapy.
Bike rental Ars-en-Ré
Ars-en-Ré is one of the smallest villages on the Ile de Ré. It is possible to walk around it in about an hour.
It is also a destination that can be explored by bicycle. It allows you to cover more distances.
Cycling is especially suitable for families.
Here are four of the Ars-en-Ré bike hire services: