Lovers of nature, are you always looking for a spectacular sunset during your holidays? And for good reason. When the sun disappears on the horizon and the sky catches fire, the last light of day sublimates the magnificent landscapes of the Atlantic coastline . On the island of Ré especially, it is a magical moment that is the delight of locals and visitors all year .... A drink on the beach , a stroll in the marshes , a walk on the port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré or the Lighthouse of the Whales , the must-see show of a wonderful palette of ardent colors offered by Mother Nature, is not to be missed under any circumstances. Here is a selection of unique places where during these moments of beauty, time stops and the magic operates.
Saint-Clément-des-Baleines Beach of the Conche
Unquestionably one of the favorite spots of locals and visitors to savor the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean! In Saint-Clément-des-Baleines and its end-of-the-world views, the west-facing Conche Beach enjoys an exceptional view of the island's tip and the famous Lighthouse des Baleines, which rises 57 m above sea level. height. On this immense beach of fine sand, the Lighthouse of Whales reflects with splendor the last rays of sun. A panorama simply grandiose!
Wooden pontoon, beach Gollandières
A classic for locals who enjoy end-of-the-day walks, this sumptuous beach is a must for visitors to the Ile de Ré! What's more wonderful than watching the sun set in the ocean, overlooking a huge sandy beach on the wooden esplanade? This pontoon offers an exceptional 180 degree panorama over kilometers of golden sand that extends as far as the eye can see and on the Pointe d'Ars-en-Ré . This spot is very popular with lovers and photographers at sunset! A large on-site car park allows you to park easily and a few bars including the Beach Bar offers great cocktails to prolong the fun after the last light of the day. A mind-blowing show !
The Port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Historic capital of Île de Ré, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is ideal for long walks with family, couple or friends to enjoy the special light of dusk, which blends with the illuminations of the village . Protected by its fortified walls , this village with incomparable maritime charm, revolves around its marina and terraces where life is good. When the sun sets, Saint-Martin-de-Ré and its historic buildings are then embellished with a gradient of vibrant colors. From the terrace of a restaurant, from the ramparts of its fortifications built at the end of the 17th century by Vauban , the military engineer of King Louis XIV, or from the green lawns of the wooded park of La Barbette , the show is all beauty. An evening that promises to combine the discovery of this treasure of the architectural heritage of the island and the wonders of nature at dusk.
The salt marshes of Loix
The stroll in the salt marshes is very popular with nature lovers and followers of silence. On foot or by bike, the salt marshes of the island of Ré reserve beautiful spots to enjoy the sun on the horizon. Contemplate the last rays of the sun reflected on the symmetrical squares exploited by the salt workers . If you are a stand-up-paddle fan, Anaïs and Maxime from Papaï Paddle (SUP hut located in Les Gollandières) offer paddle rides at sunset during the summer for a complete immersion in nature, surrounded by migratory birds who come to find refuge and food. Unique fairy moments to share on the island of Ré!
Grignon Beach in Ars-en-Ré
Brothers of the Coast
Wild and steep beach for long walks, real empire of silence, we are often alone in the world on the beach of Grignon Ars-en-Ré . On foot or even stand-up-paddle, this spot has a perfect orientation to admire the sun decline. Not far from there, the favorite spot for locals to enjoy the sunset with a local Pineau or to enjoy a good dozen oysters with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean is the terrace of the restaurant Les Frères de la Côte ! Unpretentious, this unique place is a well kept secret that offers an exceptional panorama on the southern tip of the island in a warm and rustic setting. A pedestrian walk along the seaside and can appreciate these sensational moments.
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Article written by Lesley Williamson for the Guide Charente Maritime