La Flotte & the Ill de Re
The Heritage of La FlotteNear the “Vauban fortifications” (declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008) in St Martin de Ré, La Flotte reminds us the abundant heritage of the island thanks to the Abbaye des Châteliers and Le Fort de la Prée.
Near the “Vauban fortifications” (declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008) in St Martin de Ré, La Flotte reminds us the abundant heritage of the island thanks to the Abbaye des Châteliers and Le Fort de la Prée.
On the road to the bridge (on the way to Rivedoux), you will first see the Abbaye des Châteliers , which tells the story of La Flotte and, more importantly, the development of Ile de Ré.
La Flotte became famous thanks to the Abbaye des Châteliers. At the XIIth century, the lord of Ré, Elbe de Mauléons gave the land of “Breuil des chasteliers” to the Cistercian monks. The Abbaye, first named Notre-Dame des Châteliers, was completed in 1156. Then, the Abbaye has been destructed several times over the centuries due to invasions. The Abbaye has been demolished by fire and deserted in 1574. Historic Monument since October 1990, this spectacular place has been restored many times. You can visit the Abbaye by yourself or book a guided tour at La Maison du Platinand admire remnants of the cloister, galleries and gardens.
Few meters away from there, you will be able to admire le Fort de la Prée. It was at the time a strategic location for defence. The Fort is an old military fortification built by Louis XIII in 1625, with stones from the abbaye des Châteliers, to protect the island of English and Protestants invasions. From then, the site has been a witness of History. In high season, it is possible to visit the site. For more information : www.fort-la-pree.com
The Sainte Catherine church, located in the heart of the village, was probably the adjoining chapel of the Château des Mauléons, as evidence by the gothic south gate. You can discover the story of the church through the buidling and see the bell that Cardinal Richelieu offered to the parishioner in 1632.
First of all, La Flotte is a well known port of call that sailors recognize thanks to its bell tower but also thanks to its lovely harbour.
During the winter season, the beauty of the place and the warm welcome of restaurants, located along the quays, make this place a peaceful heaven!
Other season, other atmosphere… From the beautiful days, the festivities give life to the village. It is time for citizens and visitors to meet and share.
Gabriel Sénac de Meilhan built this port in 1768 to enhance the maritime business. Nowadays, the port is a “home” for a hundred of pleasure crafts. This port is distinguishable thanks to its jetty, which is 200 meters long, and its beautiful green lighthouse, which measures 9 meters high.
The village, which lives to the rythm of tides, is a great spot to enjoy the best view of the Pertuis Bretons. Cafés & Restaurants are gathered around the embarkments and offer a nice place to relax…
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