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Discover Saint-Martin-de-Ré

Campsite 15 km from the Vauban fortifications

Book a camping holiday 15 km from Saint-Martin-de-Ré and explore this village of 2,500 inhabitants on the Ile de Ré, home to one of the region’s wonders. Make the most of your 4-star camping vacation on the Ile de Ré to visit this port city.

Fortified in the 18th century by Vauban, military architect under the reign of Louis XIV, this masterpiece of ramparts and citadel forms a still-intact star of stones that marvels the landscape of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. It has been attracting the curious for years, and even more so since it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Staying at the Loix campsite gives you quick access to Saint-Martin-de-Ré and its fortifications, just a 20-minute drive away.

What to see in Saint-Martin-de-Ré

During your camping holiday near the Vauban fortifications, enjoy a cultural outing to Saint-Martin-Ré, the island’s fortified capital. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2008, Vauban’s fortifications are a reminder of the island’s coveted military history. Built under Louis XIV in the 17th century and still in a very good state of preservation, they represented a defensive position against enemies.

Discover a remarkable and unique site with over 14 km of ramparts and a semi-circle with a 1.5 km radius. Explore the site on your own, or take one of the guided tours organized by the tourist office.

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Things to do at the Vauban fortifications

Take a stroll through the town center and port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, picnic in the park near the ramparts and say hello to the donkeys in their breeches. Continue on to admire the Saint-Martin lighthouse. Located on the ramparts, it is almost 9 meters high and forms a round white and red tower that indicates the entrance to the city to ships.

Between land and sea, this place steeped in history offers its hidden corners and invites you to discover the local heritage. During your various stops by car, parking facilities will make your visit easier. Stop to take a photo of the donkeys, the emblematic animal of the Île de Ré.