Even if the Ile de Ré as a whole is a very desirable holiday destination, not all villages on the Ile de Re hold the same attraction for clients. By rating the 10 villages on a scale of 1* to 4****, where 1* represents the least attractive village, our rankings would be:
- La Flotte, Saint-Martin-de-Ré and La Couarde fall in the 4**** category: this attraction is in large part explained by the presence of a harbour in the case of La Flotte and Saint-Martin while La Couarde’s attraction arises from its beautiful beaches, its central position between the North and South ends of the island and the charm of the village centre. It is the ideal village for doing everything on foot (or by bike).
- Les Portes, Ars en Re and Le Bois-Plage fall in the 3*** category: Les Portes and Ars en Re have a very glamourous reputation but the location at the far end of the island makes it slightly less attractive out of the high season. Le Bois-Plage is comparable to La Couarde but its reputation is less chic and the village centre is judged less charming than that of La Couarde by connoisseurs.
- Loix, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré and Saint-Clément-des-Baleines fall in the 2** category: Loix attracts those looking for a quiet life during the high season although outside the high season, this calm can drive away even the most ardent lovers of solitude. Sainte-Marie is a traditional farming village with a special attraction for shell fishers and nature lovers. The urban development of the village leaves something to be desired, with little thought for the village as a whole - except on the Place des Tilleuls, there are very few shops beyond the village basics. Saint-Clément is a little like Sainte-Marie but at the other end of the island: its proximity to the lovely beach of la Conche is a definite plus but it location in the Northern sector makes it less desirable out of season.
- Finally, there is Rivedoux-Plage in the 1* category: Rivedoux’ image is somewhat tarred by the masses of cars which all pass through it after crossing the bridge. This is unfortunate as it has many plus points: a harbour, lovely sandy beaches, forests for walking, which all combine to make it a very pleasant place to stay. However, its location at the beginning of the island is an undeniable drawback.