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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Loix
Insee code17207
AltitudeFrom 0 to 10 meters
Surface6.70 km²
Population706 inhabitants
Density105 inhabitants/km²


National labelLa Couarde-sur-Mer at 3.9 km
Chief townLa Rochelle (at 34 km, 45 min)Les Portes-en-Ré at 4.6 km
DepartmentCharente-MaritimeSaint-Martin-de-Ré at 6.1 km
RegionPoitou-CharentesSearch another town


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Peninsula in the island with its 14 kilometers of coastline, bordered by the Atlantic, the Fier d'Ars and salt marshes, Loix has retained all the charm, tranquility and authenticity.

The town is a harmonious mosaic of 670 hectares of land and sea with its salt marshes, many abundance of flowers, fauna and flora, diverse and protected, and an architectural heritage preserved.


  • The Church of St. Catherine
  • The first church Loix mentioned as 1379, survived until the 19th century. In 1827, a part of the structure collapsed and the tower was no longer plumb. Brossard, La Rochelle architect, undertook the reconstruction and expansion of the church in 1830 and is perpendicular to the axis of the old building he built the new monument.
  • The pediment engraved with "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity": In 1905 the government decided the separation of church and state. Priests are no longer employees of the state and the law provides that property passes to local churches (the interview can not be guaranteed solely by alms of the faithful and the state reserves the cathedral). As churches become community buildings, the mayor's office has an obligation to maintain. Mayors zealous decided to put the Republican motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" on the front of churches as well as being recorded on a municipal level.

For 1980 and 1984 the church was renovated and adorned with new windows created by Pentecost. Hanging from the ceiling of the nave an ex voto, model frigate polychrome wood, altar, tabernacle, altar and pulpit dated between 1830 and 1835.

  • The mill tidal Loix:
  • In the 17th century, this mill was the primary purpose "Moulange" flour. The building also served as the transition between the "Isle de Loye" and The Couarde.
  • The mill also allowed maintenance of the channel: the pool of sea water which is at high tide is retained. Thus, at low tide, the strength of the current cleans the access channel to the port. This principle is still used today to "hunt" the mud of the harbor.
  • Early nineteenth century, the production of salt was very important and is developing its transport Loix making an important port. Big boats coming across the Atlantic coast and even Canada called at Loix to load the precious "white gold". At that time, the mill was used to wash the salt.
  • Around the port square, all the buildings were linked to the salt trade: the weighbridge which allow the weighing of carts in the middle (we see the traces), the residences of state officials such as customs and especially the salt factory (large enclosed building high walls on your right) who had a very tall chimney.
  • The tide mill is now private property and not open to visitors.
  • The salt marshes:
  • This is the 12th century to the arrival of monks on the island Vendee began to exploit the salt marshes and for centuries, salt was the vine with one of the main wealth of the island.
  • In the 19th century the salt workers were more than 1000, today there remain 85 cultivating their marshes to harvest the white gold.
  • When the sun goes down on the horizon marshes come alive, and simoussi souvron hand, the salt workers harvest the delicate flower of salt. They say she has the smell of the violet and pink color, contrast with the coarse salt, colored by the clay of the swamp.
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Loix
Leisure centresBeach of the Grouin,   Beach of the Pas des Gaudins
Natural sitesHeadland Blanche,   Headland of Cande,   Headland of Loix,   Headland of the Grouin


  • Day of Painters - August 15:
  • On this day more than 150 artists will be present, always inspired, sometimes surprising, touching, funny, short of painting in all their investment from the streets and squares of Loix "armed" brushes, spatulas and pencils.
  • All techniques are allowed: watercolor, oil, gouache, acrylic, chalk, pastel ... and it is a jury of professionals and the public will return at the end of exposure day, the choice of winners.
  • The day the painters is a cheerful celebration, open to all amateur and professional whatever the style or technique that counts the magic of painting, the pleasure of giving life to a blank page.
  • If you are amateur or professional painter please register (free for fans).
  • Information Tourist Office in Loix +33 5 46 29 07 91.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Segway rideNature and the outdoorsFrom 25 € to 45 €Saint-Martin-de-Ré (7 km)
Sea boat trip on the Ecume de RéNature and the outdoorsFrom 25 € to 55 €La Flotte (9.5 km)
Windsurfing and stand up paddle - lessons and hireSports sensations25 €La Tranche-sur-Mer (13.4 km)

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Wednesday 22 October
Min. 6°C - Max. 17°C
Thursday 23 October
Min. 14°C - Max. 19°C


French cuisine restaurantL'Océan  
Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré
Located in the heart of the pretty village of Bois-Plage-en-Ré, the Ocean restaurant invites you to taste a cruise in wake sailor. You will love its internal white oak and brightness....
Located 5.8 km from Loix35 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Bistrot de Béné  
Located on the Ile de Ré, Le Bistrot de Béné invites you to a gourmet break in a round charming. The interior room, large patio or terrace overlooking the pretty harbor Arc-en-Ré offer...
Located 6 km from Loix49 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantHôtel*** Restaurant & SPA Plaisir - Île de Ré
Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré
The restaurant gastronomy pleasure réthaise is lifestyle. Discover a warm serving refined cuisine with local accents. Impeccable service you will here enjoy culinary suggestions entirely...
Located 6.5 km from Loix32 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsTresor des dunes  
Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré
Beautiful property located 300 meters from the dunes, the sandy beach and the ocean. The bike path is 50 m for a bike ride (110 km on the Ile de Re). Each room is decorated in style...
Located 7.9 km from LoixFrom 95 € to 183 € the double room 
Apartment with 1 bedroomLa Champenoise  
Cottages on the Isle of Ré Plage Rivedoux first village of the island just 5 km from the Rochelle. Chambres with bathroom and independent toilet very quiet neighborhood terrace 300...
Located 14.5 km from Loix70 € the double room 
House with 1 bedroomLa Rivagerie    
At the gates of La Rochelle Lagord (rue de la Butte) The Rivagerie, 5 minutes drive from the city center and the Ile de Ré. Nestled in a quiet wooded garden with terrace with garden...
Located 22 km from Loix87 € the double room 

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House for 7 personsHouse for 7 persons
Comfortable house of rétais style located close to bike paths, the harbor, the summer market and the center of the village of Ars en Ré. Quiet street. 800 meters from beaches. Kitchen...
Located 6.2 km from LoixFrom 1100 € to 1500 € per week 
House for 6 personsMaison individuelle proche de la mer  
Located in the northern part of the township Ile de Ré. Storey house on wooded and closed ground. Private parking. Very quiet location between sea and forest. 100 m from the beach,...
Located 7.6 km from LoixFrom 400 € to 1000 € per week 
Apartment for 10 personsMaison grand terrain clos 100 m plage  
Builded in 1966 by our grandfather in the middle of the field at the time, this house in L, full of feet has protected its environment, despite the development of urbanization, thanks...
Located 8.4 km from LoixFrom 560 € to 1560 € per week 

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332 places over 5,5 haCamping Les Jonquilles    
La Tranche-sur-Mer
Accessible camping quality and quality tourism, Daffodils welcomes you in a festive and family atmosphere: everything is done to make your stay unforgettable vacation. At 800 meters...
Located 14.4 km from Loix 
44 places over 1,5 haCap vendeen  
Traditional family friendly camping. pool. Paddling. Playground. Snack bread snack ice. 6 km from the ocean. 2 km from shops.
Located 18.2 km from Loix15 € per day 
260 places over 9 haLa Dive    
The campsite La Dive is in the heart of the Bay of Aiguillon sur Mer, 5 minutes drive from the port and beaches of l'Aiguillon sur Mer and La Faute sur Mer. Can be found 200 meters...
Located 20 km from LoixFrom 15 € to 25.50 € per day 

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Fleur de Ré - Hotel in LoixFleur de Ré     
The Fleur de Ré is located on the Ile de Ré, off the coast of La Rochelle and is only 500 metres from the sea. It has a heated outdoor pool, a terrace and offers free Wi-Fi access...
Located in LoixRoom from 10 €
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La Couarde-sur-Mer
Featuring a heated swimming pool with sun loungers, this residence is located only 100 metres from the beach on the Ile de Ré, and withing walking distance from the city centre, restaurants...
Located 3.4 km from LoixRoom from 85 €
Hôtel Le Vieux Gréement - Hotel in LoixHôtel Le Vieux Gréement     
La Couarde-sur-Mer
This hotel is located in the heart of La Couarde-sur-Mer near a bird sanctuary and 500 metres from the sea. It offers en suite rooms, a bar and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at Hotel Le Vieux Gréement...
Located 3.5 km from LoixRoom from 79 €

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Hôtel Atalante Relais Thalasso et Spa
Rooms at the Hôtel Atalante are equipped with a balcony or terrace, which feature views of the sea or vineyards. Guests have unlimited access to the hydromarin...
Hôtel Atalante Relais Thalasso et Spa
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