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The inhabited fairly large island of Île de Ré is located in the country of France, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is, quite close about 1 km. The surface-area of the island is 86.6 km2 and is therefore 0.228 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Bay of Biscay and the total coastal length is about 96.8 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 26 km by 5 km (maximum width). The island is West-northwest - East-southeast oriented. The highest point is 20 meter and is named Peu des Aumonts. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 46.2 (46°11'50.8956), -1.41 (-1°24'38.6748).


The population is 17640 and the population density is thus on 206.8 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Sainte-Marie-de-Ré (located in the North of the island). Other places on the island are: Saint clement baleines (W). The island is located in the West of the country France. It is located in the administrative unit Region Poitou-Charentes (local administrative level-name région), in the Departement Charente-Maritime (local administrative level-name Département). Direct neighboring islands of Île de Ré are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Île d'Oléron Located 31.9 km South of the island.
2) Île d'Yeu Located 91.6 km NorthWest of the island.
3) Île de Noirmoutier Located 104.4 km NorthNorthWest of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1048 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of sand. The land use on the island of Île de Ré consists of Sand - Rock 0.9 km2 (1%), wood 11.1 km2 (13%), nature 1.3 km2 (2%), wet nature 18 km2 (21%), and agriculture 17.4 km2 (20%), Special is that the island also prevent vineyards (18.6 km2 - 21%).


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