The island of Ré is an exceptional tourist destination on the Vendée coast. It attracts a large number of holidaymakers, not only in summer, but also throughout the year. In October the island mainly hosts people who choose to delay their holiday schedule to enjoy more tranquility and avoid the human tide which invades beaches in summer.
In autumn, activities to practice on the island of Ré are numerous and tourist attractions as well. If you are planning to spend few days in this area in October, here are some ideas of what you can do there at this time of year.
The ten communes of the island of Ré are both equally charming both. The main town is Saint-Martin-de-Ré, renown for its fortifications designed by Vauban, engineer of Louis XIV. You can visit the fortified citadel, the church of St. Martin and several other monuments. It is pleasant to cycle through the streets of the city, along the quays and admire the boats which anchor in the marina.
In the village of La Flotte, oysters and other shell fishing is the best leisure to be practiced. The town also houses the Senac de Meilhan gallery which hosts each year, in October, the salon of painters and sculptors of the island of Ré. Various works by local artists are exhibited to the delight of art enthusiasts.
For nature lovers, they can head to Ars-en-Ré to discover the magnificent landscape of marshes. Hiking in these places allows to cross various birds, rabbits or wild boars.
Even if the climate is not as warm as in summer, it is always possible to practice nautical activities on the island of Ré. For example, canoe trips to Loix or boat trips around the island.
The northern town of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines also offers a major attraction that is well worth a visit. It is the whale lighthouse, second highest lighthouse in France with its 57 meters and the 250 steps that lead to its summit. Whatever the time of the year, this monument always attracts visitors who wish to have an exceptional view of the island and the Atlantic ocean.