Blunty and Blooms 2017

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Île de Ré {The Travel Episodes}

August 1, 2017

So not blogged for a while- I guess life does really get in the way. However, I really want to get back into blogging about all my interests and adventures so I hope you enjoy reading my latest edition.


Since my last travel blog we’ve been to Venice and the Il de Re, France and we are off to the Cotswolds in a few weeks... But where to start?


Oh Il de Re, we had the best three nights away. Last year I spotted lots of photos of this little town with lots of beautiful scenic beaches, shutters and bicycles on Pinterest. I thought arh ha! This will be on the bucket list for 2017 and so started sky scanning for the best deal (and only an hour away from Birmingham) RESULT!


I have received a load of questions from you lovely lot on Instagram, where we stayed, the best places to go, even what bike did we hire etc.… The place is just too good not to share. 
So, here are my tips and some photos to get you started on booking your Il de Re dream break!

 


1.    The Ie de Re (Island of Re) is an amazing destination just waiting to be discovered, Île de Ré is an island off the west coast of France near La Rochelle, on the northern side of the Pertuis d'Antioche strait.


2.    We flew from Birmingham to La Rochelle the cutest and the BEST airport I have ever been to, we flew with Flybe and everything went as it should. We then got a taxi costing around 40euros to La Flotte (where we stayed). You can get a bus for 5euro but the bus driver didn’t stop for us or for other passengers who were also waiting. My advice if you can afford it get a taxi to take you to your village on Re.


3.    We went in July. 

July and August are the busiest months and this is when you will find all the French holidaying at this time and where the Parisians have their second home. As such, accommodation gets booked up quickly. We hardly heard/saw any English on our visit. 


4.    All the buildings are elegantly weathered and mostly all arranged around a star-shaped port; outside on cobbled streets, old bikes and 2CVs are parked, and restaurant tables are set out for dinner. Shutters on Il De Re can be painted one of 16 shades: eight of which are blue, and eight green. Everything is protected: the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


5.    There are not many on the island but miles and miles and miles of cycle paths. You NEED TO HIRE A BIKE, if you don’t then seriously you are missing out on the whole experience of Il de Re. There is a bus that does a loop of the towns each day but we cycled absolutely everywhere. 80km in three very hot days! The cycle routes are 90% car free and so well signed, they go through vineyards, fields, pretty villages and along the coast. You can also pick up a free map at any bike hire shop.


6.    There are bike hire shops in every village and you can pick up a standard bike with gears and a basket for less the £14 a day. We hired ours from Cyclo Surf in La Flotte, but there are many to choose from.


So now photo time! I took so many, if you’d like to follow me on Instagram for my daily ramblings and latest travel episodes then you can follow me @blunty_and_blooms

I warn you now there are quite a few! Hope you enjoy looking through them and if you have any questions just message me! 

 

Love Blunty x

 

Il de Re