Make the most of your camping holiday on the Ile de Ré to visit Loix, a small village with old-fashioned charm, set in the heart of the salt marshes, where an intimate and relaxing atmosphere reigns.
Discovering the smallest village on the Ile de Ré
Located on the north coast of the Ile de Ré, 10 minutes from the 3-star campsite Le Camp du Soleil, Loix is the smallest village on the Ile de Ré and has been awarded the Cittaslow label, the international network of cities for good living. It is also a delightful craft village, where many talents, craftsmen and craftswomen meet.
The Ré soap factory "Loix & Savons" makes organic donkey milk soaps. The Atelier Quillet specialises in the restoration and binding of old books. For gourmets, the traditional honey factory "l'Abeille de Ré" offers the best that the beehive has to offer. Also worth mentioning is "Estancia Bel Air", a space devoted to the scents and flavours of aromatic plants, or the 150 goats of the Loix farm, where the smell of goat's cheese and local perfumes such as samphire, maceron, seaweed and dried flowers waft through the air.
The heritage of Loix
In terms of heritage, Loix-en-Ré is home to a number of monuments that are well worth a visit. Starting with the Sainte-Catherine church, which stands in the centre of the small pedestrian village. It was built before the 14th century. It contains two marine ex-votos (a three-masted square frigate and a racing cutter). On the port, you can see the old tide mill, built in the 17th century by the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm. Today classified as a historical monument, it is the last mill on the island. Further on, the Grouin battery, also known as the "Fort du Grouin", reminds us of the military past of the island of Ré. It was built around 1740, then redesigned in 1860. At the very end of the Loix peninsula, the Pointe du Grouin is home to a small sandy beach in the shape of an arc, much appreciated by bathers.
The port of Loix
Formerly a salt trading port, the port of Loix is the smallest port on the Ile de Ré, which does not detract from the charm of the place, quite the contrary. The salt trade really took off at the beginning of the 15th century. Wealthy merchants built beautiful residences, such as the Tourettes estate, which can be seen on Rue de la Genève. To find out more about the history of salt, the white gold of the marshes, you should take a walk to the Marais Salants eco-museum and take a guided tour of a working marsh.
Walking and cycling on the Loix peninsula
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Fier d'Ars and the salt marshes on the other, Loix forms a peninsula within the island, covering 670 hectares between land and sea. Two cycle tracks link the village to the rest of the island, through pretty walks along the coast and take cyclists to the heart of the most beautiful landscapes of the island. You will discover the olive grove of Loix, the fish lock of the Verdonnais, the salt track and the footbridge of the tide mill, not forgetting the salt marsh eco-museum. It is also an opportunity to take a walk in the undergrowth bordering the marshes and oyster beds. Many birds can be seen here: geese, tadorns, egrets and herons.
Your campsite near Loix
Are you looking for a nice family campsite near Loix? Our 3-star campsite Le Camp du Soleil is the perfect destination to visit this small village which is unlike any other, less than 10 km from your holiday rental on the Ile de Ré. On the programme, the pleasures of water in all its forms: an aquatic area with a heated swimming pool, a paddling pool for the children and the beach 400 m away! In a preserved natural setting, you will appreciate the comfort of our mobile homes and cottages, the calm of our tent, caravan and motor home pitches. To vary the pleasures, you will also find on the spot a restaurant with take-away meals, a playground for your little ones, a petanque ground, a games room, a bicycle rental service for your walks on the Ile de Ré.