The national capital Paris is situated 250 miles (402 kilometers) northeast of Sainte-Marie-de-Re.
While it may be tempting to simply sit back and relax while holidaying in Sainte-Marie-de-Re, keep in mind that the surrounding region's treasure-trove of natural sights, cities and towns await. Make sure you head out to the St-Martin Harbor and St-Martin Citadel in and around Saint-Martin-de-Re, around 4 miles (6 kilometers) away. For even more things to do, visit the Museum of the Island of Oleron and Golf Club d'Oleron can all be found in and around Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, 14 miles (23 kilometers) away from Sainte-Marie-de-Re.
Approximately 8 miles (13 kilometers) to the east of Sainte-Marie-de-Re is La Rochelle, an important regional city home to Maritime Museum, Musee des Automates and Musee du Nouveau Monde. La Rochelle has much to offer visitors happy to hang around here a little longer. Porte de la Grosse Horloge, Tour St. Nicolas and Musee d'Orbigny-Bernon are a couple of other places not to miss.
Follow the threads of the region's rich cultural tapestry at Poitou-Charentes' excellent history museums and art museums. To get a real sense of a place, you need to peer back through the mists of time. Poitou-Charentes' rich fortresses are a marvellous place to start.
Delve into a side of Sainte-Marie-de-Re most visitors don't see by spending time with a local guide on one of the city walking tours, winery tours and cycling tours.
At the end of your time in Sainte-Marie-de-Re, put the lens cap back on your camera, spend your last of your euros on last-minute souvenirs, and bid Au revoir / À bientôt (farewell) to this unique part of the world.