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Prolong summer on the islands of Brittany

4 seaside escapades

What better season to explore the islands than in the warmth of September or an Indian summer? Whether you opt for a nautical, musical, botanical or gastronomic break, these moments stolen from your everyday life are irresistibly delicious on one of the islands along the Breton coast.

In the blink of an eye

1. Escapade to Belle-Ile to soak up the Indian summer

The largest of the Breton islands has more than one trick up its sleeve! Calm and serene on the north-eastern side, wild and rugged on the west, the variety of its landscapes is surprising. Keep an eye on the tourist office website, every year in the autumn they offer 3 day/2 night packages with accommodation and sea crossing to enjoy the Indian summer. Stroll along the coastal paths, explore the Citadelle Vauban, follow in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt or climb to the top of the lighthouse… And then finish the day off peacefully on Sauzon or Le Palais port, enjoying fish, seafood or crêpes facing the ocean!

Belle-Île Tourist Information Office

2. Ushant, its lighthouses and legends

Ushant does not need any introductions! It’s the last stop before America! The boat crossing to reach this incredible site, jealously guarded by a ring of formidable reefs, is already an adventure in itself. The two-hour trip will take you across the strong currents of the Fromveur Passage that marks the limit between the Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Once there, the best way to explore the island is by bicycle. Pedal as far as Pointe de Porz Doun or Pern, stopping off at the Lighthouse and Beacon Museum to learn all about maritime signalling. With the Kalon-Eusa association, dusk is a very particular experience with the “Tales and Legends” walk or observation of the ritual of lighting the 15 lighthouses that watch over the Iroise Sea. At Roc’h Ar Mor hotel, a haven of peace with eco-responsible values, make the most of a well-earned rest as you enjoy inventive cuisine and an exceptional view of the ocean on the restaurant’s terrace.

The lighthouse route

3. A convex beach that moves, and geological treasures in Groix

Once on the island, go to Grands Sables beach; with a rare convex shape, it projects outwards into the sea and moves dozens of metres every year due to the winds and currents. Another curiosity: the rocks. More than 60 minerals 400 million years old, including some that are very rare indeed, explain the presence in Groix of one of the largest geological nature reserves in France. You can visit the display in the village dedicated to this. After testing your agility in Le Parcabout adventure park, stay for a quirky night in a canvas nest hanging 10 metres above ground in the trees! And if you are intrigued by sea slugs or underwater ruins, go on an underwater safari with the Subagrec Club!

Groix


4. Botanical curiosities and discovery of the Bay of Morlaix by boat, in Batz

Why not start with a tour of the island or an exploration of the Bay of Morlaix in a speedboat, with a stopover at Château du Taureau? Once you arrive on Batz, head for the Georges Delaselle garden. This charming pocket of exoticism will take you to California, Australia, Chile and southern Africa through a collection of 2,000 species patiently brought together at the end of the 19th century by a businessman with a passion for plants. At La Cassonade, delight in lobster and crab stews, kig ha farz, buckwheat pancakes and organic vegetables. For accommodation, you could opt for the friendly youth hostel or the comfort of the Herbes Folles hotel, in a large bourgeois house close to the jetty.

Batz

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