Saint-Martin de Re – 2400 inhabitants – name of the inhabitants: martinais
Located on the north coast of the island, just after the village of La Flotte, even though it has lost its place as the most densely populated village, it will always be considered the island’s capital…
Even though it has lost its place as the most densely populated village, it will always be considered the island’s capital. You should take some time to visit this small town, or better still stay here, hopefully in one of our beautiful holiday lets, which include bourgeois mansions giving onto the lively port.
You will love walking along the ramparts of this fortified town, or in the winding streets of the town centre, dropping down towards the port, or out to the fort, built by Vauban, along with all the fortifications making Saint-Martin a very recent addition to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
In other words, Saint-Martin is a village with a real and sometimes violent history, where everything merits a place on a picture postcard. It’s also a lively centre where you can sip a coffee on the port in the morning to watch the fishing boats come in or wander round the “Ilot” – a mini island caught between the harbour and the marina.
Beside the ramparts you’ll meet donkeys dressed in trousers, on your way to the beach of Saint-Martin de Ré to enjoy a family afternoon beside the sea.