loader
Travel Guide Ile de Ré Get to know Ile de Ré

Les Portes-en-Re

Located on the north coast of the Ré Island, Les Portes-en-Ré is a small town of about 600 inhabitants. The village is especially renowned for its magnificent beaches which inspired artists like Claude Nougaro or Charles Aznavour who praised them in their songs.

The exceptional location of the Portes-en-Ré makes it one of the most beautiful places on the island. Indeed, the village is bordered by forests, beaches and marshes. In short, it has a much richer natural heritage than the 9 other municipalities that have been restored to the extent that we find there all that is identity of the island, in terms of diversity of the landscape and in terms of fauna and flora .

The Portingais beaches are certainly the most beautiful of the Ré Island. Each year they welcome thousands of tourists who come to relax or to practice various sporting activities such as windsurfing, water skiing and much more.

Les Portes-en-Ré is home to the forest of Lizay and the wood of Trousse-chemise, quite charming places where it is good to walk in the heart of nature. In the vicinity of the village, several places have remained wild, protected by their status as a nature reserve although the influx of tourists has increased considerably since the construction of the bridge of the Ré Island.

This is the case of the Lilleau des Niges National Nature Reserve, which hosts thousands of migratory or sedentary birds each year. It is located south of the Portes-en-Ré and is home to the famous Maison du Fier, a museum dedicated to the natural heritage of the Ré Island which offers exhibitions on the fauna, flora and landscapes of the island. The reserve is particularly noteworthy for its biodiversity of birds, fish, molluscs, crustaceans, worms and plants.

The village of Portes-en-Ré is also a true conservatory of the architectural tradition restored. The narrow streets, the traditional houses with white facades, the flowery street borders are eloquent witnesses to the authenticity of this small town on the Ré Island.