Ile de re or D' oleron

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  1. mowbotman

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    we are thinking of going to one of the above next year poss end June or July, is it to far for 2 weeks ? Which is the best, will be taking bike and dog,
     
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    both have there good points but ile dr re has a toll bridge about €40 over 3.5 tons

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    We like both but marginally preferred the Ilse de re have a look at @Mousy trip that's a great read about the island.
     
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    We done oleron this year. ..wouldn't want twould weeks there tbh ..some great beaches ...
     
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    Both are very similar in character, have similar points of interest to visit, are equally bike friendly, and are equally difficult to park motorhomes outside the aires and campsites. Bikes are a must for both islands. My preference is for the Ile de Re, simply because the sandy beaches on the south west side are easier to get to if you have a MH. There's an aire next to one of them.

    As for distance, you can be there in two days if you don't mind a long haul from Calais on day one. You could stop overnight in the huge aires at either Parc Futuroscope or Parc Puy du Fou then head for the coast next day - the Parks themselves are both worth some time. La Rochelle is also worth a look and has an aire in the P&R.
     
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    We've just been over and paid about €9 for the crossing - we're 5.5 tons
     
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    The toll rate halves outside the high season. I seem to remember it being around €16 for 3.5 tonnes last August.
     
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    If you did the longer sea crossing on Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to St Malo, you should easily get to either island in the day. But as mentioned by magicsufbus, you'd really need an overnight if driving from Calais.

    I reckon they would be easy to visit on a fortnight's holiday.
     
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    From a French website

    The bridge toll costs €16 return in the summer season (20 June to 11 September) and €8 return at all other times.
     
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    We have just been there in Sept. It was 16E going over, nothing on return ( 3.5 tonnes)
    Bike heaven, and very pretty further away from bridge. ACSI a must have.
    Phil
     
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    Either are easily done in 2 weeks in a motorhome, with visiting Loire on the way down and other coastal areas on the way up.
    My daughter, husband and 2 kids (7&3) spent 2 weeks on the Il de Re this summer, with an overnight stop in each direction. They stayed on the island as it was just after the Nice attacks and my daughter was wary of visiting cities with the children. They found enough to do, kids are happy playing on a beach and the 7 year old surfs with dad. She thought food was expensive! Daily market and enough shops.
     
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    We have just been to both.
    The Ile D`Oleron is bigger and hence there is more to do and see, although its not that easy to get
    around in a MH.
    The Ile du Re is much smaller and appears to be prettier.Great beaches and a cyclists dream.
    Both are worth a visit but for me its the Ile du Re.
     
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    do you look over3.5 or is the higer rate just for lorries
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    Been too both prefer Ile de Re , personally!!
    We too are thinking of going back next year , not sure whether June or Sept. But taking dog this time so more than likely use a campsite for a few days, we don't use c/sites usually.we did last time & it was right next to the beach,
    That's us on the right with our 2 friends in there moho
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    This was the beach ,not brill but good to collect moules
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    Breakfast with seaviews
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    Evening BBQ
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    This was a cheap municipal c/site at St Marie de Re
     
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    The municipal site is good.
     
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    just checked the islands web site and it just says cars and motorhomes are the same price €16 summer €9 other times

    joe
     
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    Yup
     
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    Sorry, don't understand the question
     
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    When we went over it said over 3.5 tonne was €40 but as I said in my previous post when I looked at the website it says all MHs & cars were same price. Obviously misunderstood the notice when we went.
     
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    We were in France earlier in the year and on our travels we visited a bit of a motorhome show (somewhere near the bottom of Brittany.
    One thing I did notice was that every motorhome, regardless of size indicated that it was 3.5tonnes. It didn't matter whether it was a coachbuilt or a big A Class. it said 3.5 tonnes.
    I wonder whether the tollsters at the Ile de Re have the thought process Motorhome =3.5tns. Therefore Motorhome, regardless of size is the same as a car (for their purposes.)
     
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