Visit of the village of Ars-en-Ré
Ranked among the “most beautiful villages in France”, Ars-en-Ré is a small preserved port located at the extreme west of the island. From its houses with white facades and green shutters and its cobbled streets full of hollyhocks emanates a unique charm. Authentic and rich of a long past, the village of Ars-en-Ré still has several sites and remarkable monuments: among them, the church Saint-Etienne whose bell-tower painted in black and white, high of 40 m, serves still a landmark for sailors. The belfry of the bell tower houses a museum. You can climb to the bell room, admire the building’s structure and enjoy the exceptional views of the island and the bay. The historic center is then discovered by strolling. Place du marché, the generations of children succeed each other with the same pleasure in the carousel “as a singer”. When visiting the village, do not miss the 16th century Sénéchal house, the former salt refinery, and the old train station on the island.
In the heart of salt marshes
Unique for its calm and preservation, the exotic village of Ars-en-Ré nestles in an exceptional natural setting, on the seafront and surrounded by salt marshes. Accessible by the thin isthmus of Martray, it is labeled “village of stones and water”. This exceptional environment with its rich biodiversity invites you to many walks or bike rides. A network of bike paths allows you to discover the salt marshes and transports you to the remarkable sites around: the 121 hectares of the National Nature Reserve of Lilleau des Niges managed by the League of Protection of Birds (LPO), the Lighthouse Whale and its museum, or the beach of Conche. The refreshing environment of Ars-en-Ré also promises you beautiful walks with your family, a camera at your fingertips, along the Fier’s body of water, on the Boutillon dike or on the harbor.