Ile de Re island, on the West Coast in Charente-Maritime, has got over 100 km of cycling paths, all on flat terrain, so it makes a safe and easy destination for a family cycling holiday. You are able to explore parts of the island that are inaccessible with a car. In fact, you don’t need a car here. Everything is so close by that you can cycle to most places even with the youngest in tow. Beaches, markets, sights, supermarkets are all just a short cycle ride away. Stop to taste local produce as you pass through villages, you can find vineyards and oyster farms on your route for example.
All the ten villages on the island are connected by cycle paths. Cycling maps can be picked up in any of the tourist information points. And you can find an online map here so you can start planning your cycling trips. During the summer months there is a bus service if you get tired – it takes you back to your starting point. You can leave by bike and return by bus, or the other way around.
This is a great place for a slow pace holiday, exploring stunning beaches, cycling through vineyards and salt pans, discovering picturesque towns, tasting delicious ice-cream, local wines and oysters. Towns have plenty of cafes, restaurants and elegant shops. This little island claims to get as much sun as South of France.
Ile de Re makes a great car free holiday. You can fly to La Rochelle and the airport is easily accessible with local transport or is a short taxi ride away. Rent bikes on your arrival and start exploring the island on two wheels, just like the locals do.
Finding a bike rental is very easy on Ile de Re. You will be able to find wheels for the whole family as the bike rentals have got a great selection of city bikes, mountain bikes, tagalongs, trailers, kids bikes, tandems, electric bikes, cargo bikes, baby seats etc. Choice is yours. Make your holiday stress free and book your bike hire online in advance and make sure will get bikes you want.