Eco responsible tourism
As the network of cycle tracks are highly developed, cycling is the perfect means to get around to discover the Ile de Ré at your own pace! A multitude of hirers are present in the 4 local areas, offering equivalent services. If you do not like pedalling, you can even take an electric bike instead. Isn’t life just grand?
To start, mount your racer headed for Loix to cross the salt marshes by the Martray crossing. From June to September you will perhaps have the opportunity to see salt workers harvesting this precious salt. Do not delay in stopping at a local producer to buy some souvenirs. During your walk, you will see a multitude of oyster-farmers. Come lunch time, stop in one of these cabins to taste some fresh oysters opposite the Ocean. In the vicinity of Fier d’Ars, you will certainly come nose to nose with the Réserve Naturelle Nationale de Lilleau des Niges (a national nature reserve). This heaven of migrating birds, to the west of the island, extends over 220 hectares of former salt marshes. Explanatory signs at the site entrance detail the various species sheltering there.