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Popular tourist destination. It has approximately the same number of hours of sunshine as southen coast of france

 

 

  port of saint martin Ile de re  
 
The main port, Saint Martin, was fortified by Vauban in 1681, and was later used as a depot for convicts on their way to the penal settlements of New Caledonia and French Guiana.
 
 


 

The area is a popular tourist destination

 

The island is noted to have a constant light breeze,
and the water temperature is generally cool. The island is surrounded with gently sloping,
sandy beaches, which are a real treat for families and tourists.

During Roman times, Île de Ré was an archipelago made of three small islands.
The space between these small islands was progressively filled, by a combinationof human activity

(salt fields gained from the sea) and siltage.

In 1627, an English invasion force under the command of George Villiers,
Duke of Buckingham attacked the island in order to relieve the Siege of La Rochelle.
After three months of combats and sieges, the Duke was forced to withdraw in defeat.
 

See the  history of Duke of Buckingham attacking  the island

 

The area is a popular tourist destination. It has approximately the same number of hours of
sunshine as the famous southern coast of France.

During World War II, the beaches of Île de Ré were fortified by German forces with
bunkers, in order to block a possible seaward invasion.
Many of the bunkers are still visible, in a more or less derelict state.
Several scenes of the 1962 movie The Longest Day were filmed on the beaches of Île de Ré.

 

During Roman times, Île de Ré was used for salt fields During World War II, the beaches of Île de Ré were fortified by German forces