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The Ride Loix loop,
Ile de Ré




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This short cycle route gives a superb taste of all that is great about the Ile de Ré. It starts with the outrageously pretty ports of La Flotte and St Martin de Ré, where whitewashed buildings with pan tile roofs and perfectly faded blue/green shutters surround marinas full of sparkling yachts.  The route winds its way north along quiet lanes and cyclepaths, past oyster beds and salt flats to the charming town of Loix. The journey home through the interior of the island, is on fast straight cycle paths that pass between vines and (if you’re there in May/June) fields of poppies.

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We love the cyclepaths that meander through the salt beds between Saint Martin de Ré and Loix. You have the calm sea and oyster beds to your right, in front is the bay that curves around to Loix and on your left are the rectangular salt beds whose calm surfaces reflect the clouds above. The paths are traffic free and the hedgerows are full of life.

the cyclepath between sea and salt beds near Loix

Beautiful cycle path between sea and salt beds near Loix

Views along bike path heading north from Saint Martin de Re

Views from the bike path north from Saint Martin de Ré

Long reflections in the salt beds near Loix

Cycle paths between salt beds near Loix


1. La Flotte to Saint Martin: 0-4.5km

You leave La Flotte’s pretty marina behind you and head out of town on a path that follows the main road. Corn fields stretch towards the sea. 3 km later you pass over two UNESCO protected stone bridges that span the dry moat surrounding Saint Martin. Saint Martin’s picture postcard marina is a treat and, if it wasn’t so early on in the ride, a good place for a coffee.

2. Saint Martin to Loix: 4.5-14km

A flat, meandering path follows the coast north. With vineyards and oyster cabins to your left and views out to sea to your right, it's a lovely route. As you approach Loix, the scenery becomes even more watery as the path follows a raised embankment between salt flats and sea. It's a unique experience to weave between the two.

3. Loix to La Flotte: 14-30km

(Generally) straight, fast paths take you back to La Flotte, through the island’s pretty interior. You'll pass vineyards, poppy fields and the odd windmill.

Early morning La Flotte harbour

Early morning at La Flotte marina

Bike path map through salt beds of Ile de Ré

An unusual looking bike path map

A field of red poppies on the Ile de Ré

Wonderful poppy fields in May


There are no shortage of places to stop.

  • Saint Martin de Ré and La Flotte are the two largest towns on the island, both with lots of restaurants and cafes clustered around the port. They get very busy and it can be tricky finding a place to park your bike. Take a look at our restaurant recommendations.
  • Another option is Loix. We had an amazing pain au chocolat at the Places des Delices boulangerie and cafe on the Place de Marche: a buttery, flakey delight with warm chocolate in the centre!
  • There are lots of rustic places to try oysters along the cycle route between Saint Martin de Ré and Loix (for example Cabanajam or Re Ostrea). If you’re an oyster fan, you won’t get oysters fresher than this.


This ride starts in La Flotte, which is where we stayed. The villa we rented in La Flotte is listed below, together with our two other shortlist favourites in La Flotte:

La Flotte, 4 bedrooms

  • Bright and airy with shabby chic style interiors
  • 9x3.5m heated pool with automatic cover
  • Outside eating and lounging areas
  • 500m to shops, 800m to La Flotte, 1km to beach

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Read our tips for planning a bike holiday before you set out.

Click here for our complete guide to planning a holiday on the Ile de Ré.


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