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Beauty and peace on the island of flowers

It takes just 10 minutes by boat through a stretch of sea from Pointe de l’Arcouest to reach Ploubazlanec and another dimension. This is where time stands still! Let yourself be enchanted by the magical ambiance of this island of flowers, its gentle climate, the colours and landscapes.

Discover Bréhat

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!

Did you know

The famous beheaded collection

Many artists have stayed in Bréhat. They used to meet in the famous “cabaret des décapités”, which gets its name from a series of portraits painted on glasses. They include Auburtin, Buffet, Chagall, Foujita, Maufra, Matisse, Waroquier, etc.

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.

Prepare your stay

What to do nearby?

Good to know

  • From 14 July to 25 August, a limit of 4,700 visitors per day between 8.30am and 2.30pm has been set to protect the island and give you the best possible welcome.
  • Remember to book your crossing in advance of your visit with the shipping companies:
    Vedettes de Bréhat (FR)Sur Mer Bréhat (FR)
  • In July and August and during the school holidays, it’s best to visit the island on less busy days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
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