Île de Ré is a flat island off the west coast of France near La Rochelle, on the northern side of the Pertuis d'Antioche strait. The island is 30 km long, 5 km wide, and a 2.9 km bridge, completed in 1988, connects it to La Rochelle on the mainland.
The island is divided into 10 communes, from East to West: Rivedoux-Plage, La Flotte, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, La Couarde-sur-Mer, Loix, Ars-en-Ré, Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, Les Portes-en-Ré. During Roman times, Île de Ré was an archipelago made of three small islands. The space between these small islands was progressively filled, by a combination of human activity (salt fields gained from the sea) and siltage.
The observation tower provides unique views of Saint-Martin and Île de Ré.
The “summit” of Saint-Martin reveals views over the architectural heritage of Vauban’s city in which gargoyles and statues have a silent talk. A flat island... No kidding.
The climb was worth it.