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If you are planning a trip to west coast of France, along the Atlantic way, the stunningly beautiful island of Ile de Ré (pronounced Rey), 30km long and 5km wide, is an absolute must.
It is easily reached from La Rochelle by a spectacular bridge 3km long.
Be prepared to savour this breathtakingly charming island, with its stunning silver beaches stretching for miles, its picturesque fishing villages, colourful markets and superb fish restaurants.
Don’t miss a visit to the port of St Martin en Ré, surrounded by its 17th century ramparts (now Unesco heritage site), aligned with numerous superb fish restaurants.
My favourite restaurant is L’Ocean in the little village of Bois Plage (30-60 euro), where one can enjoy delicious fish, the restaurant speciality, but also savour a great steak.
Also, Ile de Ré is an absolute paradise if you like cycling or walking.
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Nora CALLANAN, President of Alliance Française de Cork and Cork French Film Festival, holds a diploma in Public Relations. In 1993 Nora was awarded Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, by the French Government for initiating a Theatre in Education Programme (TIE) for second-level schools in France as part of curricular studies (theatre companies such as UCC Dramat, Corcadorca, Graffiti participated). In 2007, she was awarded Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (2007) by the French Government for her work and achievements in fostering Franco-Irish bonds in the Cultural and Educational field. Nora is the Irish Delegate for the Institut Robert Schuman pour l’Europe.