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BréhatBeauty and peace on the island of flowers
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Bréhat

Separated from the land by a strait, Bréhat is only a 10-minute boat journey from the tip of Pointe de l’Arcouest of the coast of Paimpol. And yet, the feeling of being somewhere completely different is immediate on this island, nicknamed “the island of flowers” for the variety of its flora and the beauty of its landscapes. It’s a little bit of paradise.

Beauty and peace on the island of flowers

Beauty and peace on the island of flowers

All year, thanks to the Gulf Stream, this wonderful place enjoys its own micro-climate. Give yourself a day to discover its charming houses and wild coves. And leave the car behind! No engines are allowed here, just bicycles and pedestrians. The only island commune in Côtes d’Armor, Bréhat, 3.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, consists of two main islands. South is the town and its 16th-century church; north are landscapes evocative of Ireland.

Aga… what?

With hydrangeas, mimosas, blackberry bushes, eucalyptus, aloes, camellias, etc., it’s clear to see why the island has its nickname! But among them all, the flower the best symbolises this island is the agapanthus. From June to September, you will see its purple-blue flower on every path. It was brought back by sailors from South Africa. Other exotic plants, such as agave or echium flourish here. And there’s a good reason for this! Frosts are extremely rare here. As for birds, there are over 120 species on the island. In the spring, you’ll hear the tits, finches, robins, larks and song thrushes.

Invaders!

Fortified in the Middle Ages, Bréhat island had a strategic position for a long time. During the war of succession and then the wars of religion, the Bretons, the French and the English fought for it. Its castle, which was razed several times, was finally dismantled under Henry IV. Today, tourists increase its population each year from around 400 to 2,000 people.

Did you know?

The famous beheaded collection

From Pasteur to Prosper Mérimée, the island saw many celebrities pass through in the 19th century. In a cabaret in Bréhat, artists painted the face of these people on glasses. These unusual portraits now form the “beheaded” collection.

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