Destination guide

Pinpoint the perfect Île de Ré holiday home

Like a curled finger beckoning the would-be traveller, the Île de Ré pokes out from the French coast, where it links to the sea-washed port city of La Rochelle. It runs for 30 kilometres in a montage of powdery beaches and swaying seagrass, low dunes and ancient salt pans. It's dotted with enchanting little villages and hamlets, each with dusty boules courts and bistros hidden amongst pastel-painted churches. Search for Île de Ré holiday lettings today if all that sounds like your sort of French escape to the seas and country.


History and heritage on the Île de Ré

The Île de Ré was once an archipelago of 3 separate islands, but the turning of the centuries and increased human habitation has slowly fused them together to create the gnarled finger of land seen today. The long history of the region goes back to Roman times, but it's not until the Middle Ages that the place begins to pop up consistently in the chronicles – first as an English territory, under Henry Plantagenet, then as a French island, and then an English outpost once more, in the 14th century. Remnants of the wars between Britain and France still linger, too. The mighty Vauban fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Re are perhaps the most striking example, while muscular Fort La Pree caps the edge of the northern coast.


Île de Ré holiday cottages on the beach

A long stretch of sand on the south coast and oodles of little hidden beaches on the north coast mean it's possible to find Île de Ré holiday rentals with views over the dunes and waves. If that's what you're after, consider spots like:

  • Bois-Plage-en-Re, which arcs around the shores with its wild, grass-topped dunes and charming boardwalks
  • Plage de la Cible – great for budding sailors and those who like to swim
  • La Couarde, a great pick for families who really want to enjoy French seaside culture and cuisine
  • Portes-en-Re, which has wide, sandy beaches that are excellent beachcombing and sunbathing territory
Essential info

Important facts for travel in Île de Ré

  • The remote Île de Ré has a population of just 15,000
  • French is spoken widely on the Île de Ré
  • Book your Île de Ré holiday let early if you're keen on coming in the busy summer season
  • Bring euros to spend on the Île de Ré
  • A paid toll bridge links the Île de Ré to the French mainland, at La Rochelle
Family friendly

Family holiday rentals abound in Île de Ré

Between the slosh of the Atlantic and the lethargic little French fishing towns of the Île de Ré, you're bound to find oodles to keep the whole family entertained. It's a place that's especially suited to active troops, what with hiking, biking, boating and more on the menu. Hop on a paddle board to explore the countryside canals or team up to canoe through the rivers around La Couarde sur Mer – local outfitters have all the equipment you'll need. A day trip to La Rochelle city means a jaunt to the Aquarium de La Rochelle, where encounters with jellyfish and sea turtles are possible. And then there's the striking Fort La Pree, where battlements and hulking bulwarks can capture the imagination. More than that, Île de Ré villa rentals are often perfect for family groups, offering pretty gardens, self-catering kitchens and multiple bedrooms.

How many holiday rentals are available around Île de Ré?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,129 holiday lettings around Île de Ré. From 165 villas to 1,698 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property near Île de Ré?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said... absolutely everyone. Find the ideal home away from home for your crew and you'll be well on your way to a bit of beachy bliss! HomeAway has 1,643 beachside holiday rentals. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has heaps of other choices, including:

  • 1,291 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 778 oceanfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 737 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house near Île de Ré?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and don't feel like sharing space with strangers this time round, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 1,575 options available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £24 per night. If that doesn't agree with your family's style, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Apartment: 749 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.
  • Villa: 174 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.
  • Mobile home: 121 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £25 per night.

Can I stay near Île de Ré in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful trip is chilling out with your friends and loved ones in a completely new place. If you'll be travelling with a big group, HomeAway has options for you. 453 house holiday rentals are available. Currently, they're the most popular choice here for large groups. The rental properties that are suitable for large groups in the area include:

  • Are you on the hunt for rentals that can hold 6 holiday makers? We have 1,352 that will suit. The prices start from £32 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your group, you'll be happy to find out that there are 662 rental accommodation that are perfect. You can get one for as little as £50 a night.
  • Hunting down holiday rentals suitable for 5 people? You'll be happy to discover we have 508 that'll be ideal. You can score one for as little as £17 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring along your aunt, your sister and all your buddies to Île de Ré.

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