You have just arrived in one of the most beautiful villages of France! It’s also one of the oldest villages of the island and the largest. Everything you might look for on Ré can be found here: sea, port, history, gastronomy, festivities, thalasso therapy… You’ve come to the right place!
Let’s start with the port.
Once a commercial port for salt and wine then fishing port, it is now a marina. And a pleasant marina too J It is quite enjoyable to stroll along its wharf boarded by very fine restaurants, to dreamily watch sailing boats off to sea or even plan a sea outing on one of the boats on the wharf. There’s a playground for children and a merry-go-round for the little ones whereas the others will explore the alleyways to go shopping in the boutiques or to visit the very lovely Saint-Catherine church from the XVth century.
A superb market of medieval inspiration will stimulate your palate of your inner gourmet. The colourful stands are tempting, it all looks delicious: fish, spices, bread, honey and cheese from the island, impossible to resist! Take this opportunity to go on a pic-nic.
Get on your bicycle and head for Rivedoux. Ride past the tennis court, go straight then ride on the cycling paths and enjoy the trip through the fields and with the ocean as a backdrop. You will arrive at the remains of the Abbaye des Châteliers, witnesses of the rich past of La Flotte. Put down your bicycle, step towards the cliffs and enjoy your pic-nic in a fantastic panorama, between ocean, fields and history. Speaking of history, register for the captivating guided visits of the abbaye or for the discovery tours of the surrounding fauna and flora: you won’t be disappointed (ask us the programme)!
A few more pedal strokes towards Rivedoux and you will be able to visit le Fort de la Prée, built in 1625 and partially destroyed by Vauban in 1685.
The evening is quietly setting in and you’re still there? You are right: la Flotte is a village rich in festivities. Outdoor concert or show: check the programme of events at your campsite reception or at the tourist office.