Brittany's islands

  • Belle-Île
  • Île de Batz
  • Île de Sein

Veritable jewels, the Breton islands and peninsulas promise a complete change of scenery. Hidden coves, stretches of fine sand, pebbled beaches and many other landscapes, sometimes offering tropical appearances... make no mistake: you are in Brittany!

Destination

Bréhat

Bréhat

Off the coast of Paimpol is Ile Bréhat, one of Brittany’s loveliest islands. In actual fact, Bréhat consists of several islets around two small, car-free islands, which are joined by a bridge at low tide. It is easily accessible by a regular 10-minute boat journey from Pointe de l’Arcouest.

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île d'Ouessant

Les îles d’Iroise : Ouessant et Molène

The island of Ushant (Ouessant in French), 18 miles (30km) off the coast of Le Conquet, is where you’ll find France’s most westerly point, Pointe de Pern. The island is well known for its lighthouses and treacherous seafaring heritage but especially for its indigenous sheep.

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Les Sept-îles

Les 7 îles

These seven elusive, rarely inhabited islands lie about as many kilometres north of the exceptionally popular Côte de Granit Rose, but few humans set foot on them. Monks tried to establish a foothold, but gave up. The main occupants are the seabirds that congregate here to nest in vast numbers.

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Île de Batz

Roscoff et l’île de Batz

A 15-minute boat ride from Roscoff, the Île de Batz (pronounced ‘ba’) is a hidden gem that is worth seeking out. The main attraction is its exotic garden but there are also some lovely beaches, leisurely walks and great views from the top of the lighthouse.

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Belle-Île

Belle-Île

Belle-Île, 9 miles (15km) off the coast of Morbihan, is Brittany’s largest island. After a turbulent past, which included occupation by the British, the ‘beautiful isle’ is now a magnet for tourists thanks to its temperate climate, magnificent coastline, 60 gorgeous beaches and renowned opera festival.

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Île de Groix

Groix

At 4.3 miles (7 km) long by 1.8 miles (3 km) wide, Île de Groix is Brittany’s second largest island after Belle-Île and lies 8.7 miles (14km) off the coast of Lorient. Once a major centre for tuna fishing, Groix is now noted for its lovely (and unusual) beaches and its important concentration of minerals.

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île de Sein

Sein

Five miles (8km) off the Pointe du Raz, the Île de Sein is arguably Brittany’s most unusual island, not least because it’s entirely flat. When you’re done exploring the only village’s museums, take a walk around the coast to see the lighthouse and the historic Free French Monument.

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Île de Houat

Houat et Hoëdic

Northeast of Belle-Île, the islands of Houat and Hoëdic are the perfect places to get away from it all. Houat, the larger island, has sweeping sandy beaches and a network of footpaths while its smaller sister, Hoëdic, boasts a network of coves, a fort and some Neolithic sites.

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Île d'Arz

L'île aux Moines et le Golfe du Morbihan

In the temperate south of Brittany, the Gulf of Morbihan has been described as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. From Locmariaquer and its ancient stones in the west, taking in the walled town of Vannes, on to the Rhuys Peninsula in the east, the gulf has something for all tastes.

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Les Glénan

Archipel des Glénan

The Îles de Glénan are an archipelago of islands about 10 miles (16km) off the south coast of Finistère. Only accessible in summer, they are best known for their sailing and diving schools and for having a unique indigenous flower.

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Brittany experiences

Things to see, Things to do

  • Association "A Fer et à Flots" - Brittany

    Association "A Fer et à Flots"

    This association offers daytrips to explore Morlaix Bay, the Isle of Batz, Roscoff and Taureau fortress by train, boat and on foot.

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  • Plage les grands sables - Brittany

    Plage les grands sables

    Around 2km long, Grands Sables is Belle-Ile's longest beach. It is well-sheltered and makes the ideal spot for just chilling out on the sand or ...

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  • Crêperie Le Galichan - Brittany

    Crêperie Le Galichan

    The best Breton crêpes - homemade using the finest Breton ingredients. This is the philosophy at Galichan in Sarzeau. And sometimes happiness can ...

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