La Couarde, Île de Ré

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Île de Ré

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With its cluster of boutiques, wine bars and book shops, chic La Couarde is a wonderful place to wander.

With its cluster of boutiques, wine bars and book shops, chic La Couarde is a wonderful place to wander.

Backed by a narrow, pontoon-lined channel known as Le Goisil and often regarded as the most elegant of the Île de Ré villages, it has a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Strict planning laws ensure it retains plenty of historic charm, and its old town is a jumble of flower-lined alleyways where you’ll find tempting shops, restaurants and terrace cafés. At its heart, just in front of the church, is a bandstand where you can catch outdoor concerts throughout the summer, and its beaches are regarded as some of the island’s best.