The lovely little village of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines. Saint-Clément-des-Baleines in particular gets its name, rather tragically, because of the whales that used to get stranded en masse on the beaches of this part of the Île de Ré during their seasonal migrations. Thankfully, this no longer happens, but the place name has stuck, as have the names of several local businesses and attractions named in honour of the whales.Saint-Clément-des-Baleines is the perfect basecamp for a family holiday on the Île de Ré, with plenty of lovely campsite options to choose from.On-site, you can enjoy a traditional game of pétanque, or challenge your family to a table tennis tournament.Les Baleines The three-star campsite of Les Baleines is mid-range in size with 185 plots, 24 of which are mobile-home accommodation and the rest are available for your tent or motorhome.Camping La Plage La Plage has been rated four-stars, and has 138 pitches surrounded by shrubbery for privacy and partial shade.
Simply stroll around aimlessly, and enjoy your surrounds at your leisure.
Saint-Clément-des-Baleines Where in France: Île de Ré, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Drive from Calais: 736km / 7h 10m The commune of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines is made up of five little villages: Le Chabot, Le Gillieux, Le Godinand, Le Griveau, and La Tricherie.
It is one of 10 small communes on the Île de Ré, which means ‘isle of ferns’ because of the marshy fenlands that divide the island just off the coast of La Rochelle on the mainland.
And because of its small size, you can even explore the island on your bikes, if you fancy a break from driving – and don’t worry if you didn’t bring your own, there are plenty of places you can hire bicycles from.
Pretty much on your doorstep, and certainly the most prominent feature on the horizon, is the lovely Phare des Baleines lighthouse.