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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 18101 and the population density is thus on 212.00 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 12.3 km WestSouthWest of the island.
2) Île d'Yeu Located 74.1 km SouthEast of the island.
3) Île de Noirmoutier Located 84.9 km EastSouthEast of the island.
4) Île Hoëdic Located 156.9 km SouthEast of the island.
5) Belle-Île-en-Mer Located 163.6 km SouthEast of the island.
6) Île-d'Houat Located 164.1 km SouthEast of the island.
7) Île d'Arz Located 176 km EastSouthEast of the island.
8) Île-aux-Moines Located 176.4 km SouthEast of the island.
9) Groix Located 208.3 km SouthEast of the island.
10) Île du Loc'h Located 245.8 km SouthEast of the island.
11) Mont Saint-Michel Located 264.2 km East of the island.
12) Tombelaine Located 267 km East of the island.
13) Île Chevallier Located 267.2 km SouthEast of the island.
14) Grande-Île Located 291.1 km East of the island.
15) Île de Bréhat Located 307.8 km EastSouthEast of the island.
16) Pheasant Island Located 313.2 km West of the island.
17) Santa Clara eiland Located 318.2 km West of the island.
18) Île de Sein Located 318.3 km SouthEast of the island.
19) Jersey Located 325.6 km East of the island.
20) Île de Batz Located 332 km EastSouthEast of the island.
21) Île de Béniguet Located 341.2 km SouthEast of the island.
22) Île-Molène Located 350.3 km SouthEast of the island.
23) Sark Located 356.2 km East of the island.
24) Brecqhou Located 358.4 km East of the island.
25) Ouessant Located 359.8 km SouthEast 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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