Île De Ré, France

Travel Notes


Île de Ré is a small island located on the west coast of France two miles off the coast of La Rochelle in the Poitou-Charentes region. Originally an archipelago consisting of a few small islands brought together by silage and the formation of the salt marshes, Île de Ré’s abundant waters and soil means that local markets and restaurants are stocked year-round, not only with salt, but with locally cultivated potatoes, wine and oysters that are harvested at low tide off shore. The idyllic weather and charming villages make the island a favored destination for chic Parisians and nature enthusiasts alike.

Currency
Euro

Time Zone
Central European
Language
French

Local Cuisine
French, Fresh Seafood
Best time to visit
May - September

Dress Code
Nautical Stripes, Espadrilles
WHERE TO STAY

L'Hôtel Le Sénéchal

6 Rue Gambetta
17590 Ars-en-Ré, France
+33 5 46 29 40 42

L’Hôtel De Toiras

1 Quai Job Foran
17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré, France
+33 5 46 35 40 32

Villa Foulquier

33 Rue des Chênes Verts
17940 Rivedoux-Plage, France
+33 6 14 36 29 60

WHAT TO VISIT

Ecomusée Du Marais Salants

Route de La Passe
17111 Loix-en-Ré, France
+33 5 46 29 06 77

Abbaye Des Chateliers

17630 La Flotte, France

Phare des Baleines

155 Allée du Phare
17590 Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, France

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WHAT TO DO
Green Field In Il De Re, France | Stories + Objects Travel Magazine

BICYCLE RENTAL

Tout A Velo
7 Rue Gustave Dechezeaux
17630 La Flotte, France
+33 5 16 85 24 24

Winetasting

Les Vignerons D’Ile De Re
Route de Sainte Marie
17580 Le Bois-Place-en-Ré, France
+33 5 46 09 23 09

WHERE TO DINE

La Chaloupe

104 Rue Albert Saurraut
17940 Rivedoux-Plage, France
+33 5 46 09 87 84

Le Bistro De Béné

1 Quai de La Criée
17590 Ars-en-Ré, France
+33 4 46 29 40 26

Le Balaou

Avenue de Nouralene

17670 La Couarde-Sur-Mer,
France
+33 5 46 29 86 07

La Cabane du Fier

Le Martray
17590 Ars-en-Ré, France
+33 5 46 29 64 84

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REQUIRED READING
Le Sel De Ré Book By Stephanie Bahic | Stories + Objects Global Travel Tips

BY STEPHANE BAHIC

AVAILABLE AT ECO MUSEE DE SALANTS
[IN FRENCH]

The Objects

Exclusive Edition 001 Sel De Mer


This crunchy sea salt is hand-harvested using ancient methods by the cooperative, Les Sauniers de l'Île de Ré. The first salt marshes on Île de Ré were created during the Middle Ages to preserve food. At that time, marshes could be seen throughout the coastline where the clay used to form the marais was naturally found. Today, there are sixty sauniers harvesting fleur de sel and gros sel within the island cooperative. Available only through Stories + Objects, the Île de Ré sel de mer comes with a hand-thrown, hand-painted porcelain salt jar by master ceramicist Roberto Carrillo.

Details

Fleur de Sel is a pure white finishing salt hand-harvested by sauniers in Île de Ré, France under precise conditions in the summer afternoons. The fine granules harbor an explosive taste that enlivens the palate. The Fleur de Sel is presented in a hand-thrown porcelain salt jar commissioned for Stories + Objects by master ceramicist Roberto Carrillo. The 250g of Fleur de Sel is available exclusively through Stories + Objects in a numbered edition of one hundred salt jars.

Details

Gros Sel, or coarse salt, consists of large crystals transpiring a light grey color due to their interaction with the nutritive clay earth. It is hand-harvested by salt workers in Île de Ré, France and has a subtle flavor and crisp texture that makes it perfect for cooking. The Gros Sel is presented in a hand-thrown porcelain salt jar commissioned for Stories + Objects by master ceramicist Roberto Carrillo. The 250g of Gros Sel is available exclusively through Stories + Objects in a numbered edition of one hundred salt jars.

The Story

THE ART OF SEA SALT


Brice Collonier is a saunier, or salt worker, collecting salt on the French island of Île de Ré in a tradition that dates back to the twelfth century when it was introduced by Cistercian monks.

Brice is amongst a new generation of salt workers that have rediscovered this craft that was nearly abandoned on the isle. He carves and reshapes the landscape continually, according to the winds and temperature, resulting in the cultivation of two natural, hand-crafted products - the highly nutritive, grey-hued gros sel and the rich in flavor, pure white fleur de sel.