St Martin is the capital of Ile de Re, with its charming harbour lined with shops, resaturants and cafes, and bustling town centre with houses steeped in history. St Martin is a fantastic holiday base.
Watch the Oyster trawlers and flat bottomed boats leave the port in the morning, and return with their catch in the afternoon. Why not buy some fresh oysters from the harbour side?
St Martin has a large historic heritage: pop into the quayside Café Boucquingam which recalls the military adventures of the Duke of Buckingham, who attacked the island unsuccessfully in 1627; walk along the almost perfectly preserved fortifications to the east of the harbour to the Citadel, which was long used as a prison. Also visit the Place de la République for a cultural element.
Why not take a guided tour of the town - see the fortifications, the old town and much more
St Martin is the base for crossings to the other islands: Ile d’Aix Ile d’Oléron, La Rochelle and Fort Boyard,
St Martin is extremely lively, with Jazz evening, the Ile de Re festival, and firework parties on 14th July and 15th August.