Do you know the south coast of Brittany, the Gulf of Morbihan, and more particularly Belle-Ile-en-Mer? A rather wild and preserved island, where you can discover grandiose panoramas.
How to get to Belle-Ile-en-Mer?
As its name indicates, Belle-Ile is an island, so you should think of reserving your boat especially in summer: count 45 minutes of crossing from Quiberon. You will find all itineraries and schedules on the website of the Compagnie Océane. For those who wish to come by car, think to reserve in advance because in summer, the places are rare and the boats quickly complete. The idea is rather to come on foot and rent bikes on site (or bring your own). It is the preferred means of transport on the island, with many bike tours arranged... if you are not afraid to pedal in high winds!
What to do in Belle-Ile-en-Mer?
Many travellers come to Belle-Ile only for the day, but the selection is in this case very difficult, so many beautiful things to see there are!
The Pointe des Poulains is undoubtedly one of the mythical places of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, not to be missed under any pretext: the lighthouse, the fort and the Sarah Bernard museum are of course part of the visit, but the most memorable will undoubtedly remain the view on the lighthouse and the Pointe des Poulains from the fort: a breathtaking panorama. On clear days, you can see the island of Groix, Lorient and the whole Bay of Quiberon. If you have time, walk along one of the coastal trails from the Pointe. The landscapes that offers you this torn and wild coast are quite simply sublime. In summer the succession of coves and beaches with crystal clear waters invite you to swim.
Another point of view: that of the Citadelle Vauban. It dominates all the harbour of Palais and offers magnificent points of view on the city and the port. Founded in the 11th century, the citadel is today a museum of art and history, but also houses concerts and exhibitions. If you are not afraid to climb hundreds of steps (247 exactly) and don't fear the void, climb to the top of the large lighthouse, whose 50 kilometres range makes it one of the most powerful in Europe. From there, the view of Belle-Ile is breathtaking!
Another magnificent painting: the Aiguilles of Port Coton, of which Claude Monet painted some canvases, owe their name to the foam of the waves which makes think of cotton when in heavy weather the sea comes to crush on these rocks... but the spectacle is nevertheless striking by good weather.
The port of Sauzon is perhaps the one of which you will find the most photos: its small houses of pastel colors at the edge of the quays pushed many painters and photographers to immortalize the scenery! Take advantage of this visit to eat a good crêpe at the edge of the quays: the creperie des Embruns is a real delight!
Once you have visited all these places, if you still have some time left, take the customs trails, between sea, moors and preserved dunes, conducive to romantic walks and strolls and still admire other wild landscapes. Discover the many beaches of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, large beaches of fine sand, transparent waters, small creeks, and return with beautiful images full head.
Where to sleep in Belle-Ile-en-Mer?
If you wish to spend a few days on the island and enjoy this exceptional environment for longer, we offer two hotels in Belle-Ile-en-Mer with sea views. The Castel Clara, 4 star hotel, which also has a thalassotherapy centre and Le Grand Large, located in front of the needles of Port Coton, to have under the eyes the spectacle of the waves breaking on the rocks.