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Beaches on Re island
The main attractions of the village of Loix are centered on salt marshes, its fauna and flora as well as traditions and techniques of salt extraction. However, Loix also has beautiful sandy beaches with no reason to envy all the others located along the Vendée and Ré coastline. The beaches of Petite Tonille and Grouin are places of relaxation, adapted to young and old. They offer various seaside activities and swimming waters are of excellent quality. Petite Tonille hosts a sailing school where you can learn practising various disciplines of water sports. Collective and private lessons are offered to tourists and are accessible from 4 years-old. As for the Grouin beach, it is particularly suitable for idleness and many tourists come there to indulge themselves in the sweetness of carelessness, lying on the sand. Swimming is, of course, very popular as the waters of the Atlantic are perfectly opportune to it, especially in summer. The tip of Grouin is at the end of the Loix peninsula and is overlooked by a small fort, built in 1742. The structure has become a private property since 1948, but beach-goers can admire it from the beach and use it as a background scene to their holiday photos by the sea. Access to the beaches of Grouin and Petite Tonille is facilitated thanks to a car park on the northern coast. As for safety, it is ensured by a very qualified staff, hosted by the emergency station of the beach. For those who wish to take a boat ride, Grouin is the starting point for some pleasure boats that offer sightseeing tours to the Old Port of La Rochelle or to the nature reserve of the Aiguillon bay.