Discover a selection of 3,000 holiday rentals in Ile de Re, FR that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including pool and private pool. Prices start at £ 63 per night, and villas and houses are popular options for a stay in Ile de Re. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Pinpoint the perfect Île de Ré holiday home

Like a curled finger beckoning the would-be traveller, the Île de Ré pokes out from the French coast, where it links to the sea-washed port city of La Rochelle. It runs for 30 kilometres in a montage of powdery beaches and swaying seagrass, low dunes and ancient salt pans. It's dotted with enchanting little villages and hamlets, each with dusty boules courts and bistros hidden amongst pastel-painted churches. Search for Île de Ré holiday lettings today if all that sounds like your sort of French escape to the seas and country.

History

History and heritage on the Île de Ré

The Île de Ré was once an archipelago of 3 separate islands, but the turning of the centuries and increased human habitation has slowly fused them together to create the gnarled finger of land seen today. The long history of the region goes back to Roman times, but it's not until the Middle Ages that the place begins to pop up consistently in the chronicles – first as an English territory, under Henry Plantagenet, then as a French island, and then an English outpost once more, in the 14th century. Remnants of the wars between Britain and France still linger, too. The mighty Vauban fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Re are perhaps the most striking example, while muscular Fort La Pree caps the edge of the northern coast.

Beaches

Île de Ré holiday cottages on the beach

A long stretch of sand on the south coast and oodles of little hidden beaches on the north coast mean it's possible to find Île de Ré holiday rentals with views over the dunes and waves. If that's what you're after, consider spots like:

  • Bois-Plage-en-Re, which arcs around the shores with its wild, grass-topped dunes and charming boardwalks
  • Plage de la Cible – great for budding sailors and those who like to swim
  • La Couarde, a great pick for families who really want to enjoy French seaside culture and cuisine
  • Portes-en-Re, which has wide, sandy beaches that are excellent beachcombing and sunbathing territory
Essential info

Important facts for travel in Île de Ré

  • The remote Île de Ré has a population of just 15,000
  • French is spoken widely on the Île de Ré
  • Book your Île de Ré holiday let early if you're keen on coming in the busy summer season
  • Bring euros to spend on the Île de Ré
  • A paid toll bridge links the Île de Ré to the French mainland, at La Rochelle
Family friendly

Family holiday rentals abound in Île de Ré

Between the slosh of the Atlantic and the lethargic little French fishing towns of the Île de Ré, you're bound to find oodles to keep the whole family entertained. It's a place that's especially suited to active troops, what with hiking, biking, boating and more on the menu. Hop on a paddle board to explore the countryside canals or team up to canoe through the rivers around La Couarde sur Mer – local outfitters have all the equipment you'll need. A day trip to La Rochelle city means a jaunt to the Aquarium de La Rochelle, where encounters with jellyfish and sea turtles are possible. And then there's the striking Fort La Pree, where battlements and hulking bulwarks can capture the imagination. More than that, Île de Ré villa rentals are often perfect for family groups, offering pretty gardens, self-catering kitchens and multiple bedrooms.

Can I find a vacation rental around Ile de Re?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 2,934 vacation rentals near Ile de Re. From 142 villas to 1,771 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ile de Re for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.