Leave the car behind. There are no motor vehicles here, just bicycles and pedestrians. It’s the ideal pace for exploring the island along one of its five hiking trails. Bréhat may be a small island (3.5 km by 1.5 km), but it’s big in surprises. With its two islands connected by Vauban bridge, moving from south to north is an adventure in itself. In the south are the harbour, the beach, the village with its lively square, privateer houses and 16th-century church. In the north, the purple moors and stone walls have a little touch of Ireland about them. Give yourself a day, preferably in the off-season far from the summer crowds, to discover all of its secrets.
A little tour…
A breeding ground for sailors, privateers and Cape Horners, nestled amidst a myriad of islets, Bréhat is also worth visiting from the sea. In less than one hour, the shuttle will take you around the island. Can you spot Saint-Michel hill, the island’s highest point? Or Corderie bay, where sailors left for Newfoundland? You’ll also see Paon lighthouse among the pink rocks, and many unspoilt little coves. Do you still want more? Jump on-board a traditional sailing boat for a half-day excursion and navigate through the archipelago. It’s magical!
Flowers, birds… and a greenhouse
Under the influence of the Gulf Stream and an exceptionally mild climate, hydrangeas, mimosas, eucalyptus, camellias, agapanthus, agaves, and much more burst with a thousand colours. In the spring, the songs of tits, finches, robins, thrushes and other songbirds will delight your ears. It’s not surprising that the glass-makers in the old citadel overlooking the sea close to the port are so inspired! You’ll find a unique choice of staircase knobs, furniture knobs and door handles to give an arty edge to your interior design.