Discover the pleasures of the sea
Located in the Western part of the Île de Ré, this charming coastal village, labelled "Village of stone and water" in 2011, will delight lovers of excursions on land or at sea. The most important of the island, boaters will delight in their escape at sea.
Long walks leading to splendid beaches and wild coves that invite relaxation and swimming are popular too. If you are fond of these beautiful beaches embellishing the coasts of Atlantic France, linger on the famous beach of Grande. Magnifying the Southern coast of Ars-en-Ré, this wide sandy beach, accessible at high tide, will be perfect for you to try surfing, fishing, sailing and bodyboarding.
Small historical parenthesis
Other pleasures await you in the heart of the village. For it is classified among the most beautiful villages of France, and it is not without reason. Its peaceful character, its simplicity and its urban landscape have indeed made it a place of choice.
By taking a pleasant hike in the peaceful alleyways of the village, you can admire the magnificent ancient architecture conveying a whole history, like its magnificent bell tower. The Church of St. Stephen, built in the 15th century, is one of the oldest monuments on the island, housing a 40-metre high black and white spire.
The "Île de Ré" train station, located on the harbour, the ruins of old windmills, the Martray, considered to be the narrowest sight on the island and the Maison du Sénéchal, dating from the 16th century, are some of the many places and monuments that will make you discover a page in the history of Ars-en-Ré.