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The Morbihan Islands

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Go and explore the Morbihan Islands for an unforgettable island getaway. Whether you want to make the most of the beautiful beaches, crawl into sheltered coves or just wander through the alleys of charming villages, you will appreciate the sheer beauty of the landscapes and wilderness of the Morbihan islands.

Belle Ile en Mer

Belle-Ile en Mer

➔    17 km long and 9km wide
➔     8400 hectares
➔     82.5 km of coastal trails

15km from Quiberon, Belle-Île-en-Mer, the largest of the Breton islands, is revealed through its exceptional nature! The cliffs of the wild coast, the fine sandy coves bathed in turquoise water, the moors and valleys offer breathtaking landscapes.

From the bustling port of Le Palais, overlooked by the Vauban citadel, you will discover the famous Pointe des Poulains, the Port of Sauzon and its colourful fishermen's houses, the Donnant beach nestled in the wild coast, charming flowered villages, the aiguilles of Port-Coton, the Goulphar lighthouse...

90 km of marked coastal paths await you. Allow about 4 days to complete the tour of the island. The most courageous can discover it by bike by taking the special cycle routes. You can also find public transport, car rental companies and other motor vehicles on the island. For peace of mind, go on coach tours.

The island is very big and you will not be able to see everything it has to offer in one day. A good enough reason to return!

Houat

Houat

➔     3 km long and 1.5 km wide
➔     288 hectares
➔     17 km of coastal trails.
Take the coastal path to tour the island. Allow between 4 and 5 hours of walking. Houat can only be explored on foot or by bicycle.

On Houat, come and renew your vital energies at Treac'h ar Goured, one of the most beautiful beaches in Brittany. To the east of the island, over a length of more than 2 kilometres, the white sand forms a crescent covered with a myriad of shells. Admire the clarity of the water, it's crystal clear!

To the southwest of the village, in the hollow of a small valley by the ocean, visit the Éclosarium museum. There is a section dedicated to the discovery of the island and its history in this microalgae research and production centre. After walking 17 km of coastal paths or cycling across the island, food lovers will not resist the famous shellfish of the island of Houat to enjoy in one of the three restaurants on the island.

End with a stroll through the picturesque village with its pretty white houses that surround the church overlooking the small port.

Make sure you have enough cash with you for the duration of your stay as there are no ATM’s on the island. As far as shops are concerned, you have at your disposal three hotels, seven bars-restaurants, two grocery stores and one bakery.

Hoëdic

Hoëdic

➔     2.5 km long and 1 km wide
➔     209 hectares
➔     8.5 km of coastal paths

 

You can tour the island by taking the coastal path, it will take about two hours to walk around it.

Away from cars and pollution, little Hoëdic has 8 kilometres of coastal paths and sublime beaches. As you walk along, you will discover the Vauban style fort of Hoëdic and the menhir of the Virgin (200m east of the village), classified as Historical Monuments, as well as the various Neolithic sites.

Take advantage of your escapade to go on a fishing trip at the port of Argol in Hoëdic or at the port of Saint-Gildas in Houat. Traditional fishing is still the main activity on the island.

Make sure to take enough cash with you for the duration of your stay. The island has a hotel, four bars-restaurants, two cafés, two grocery stores and one bakery.

Ile aux moines

Ile-aux-Moines

➔     6 km long and 3 km wide
➔     320 hectares
➔     17 km of coastal trails

It will take approximately 4 hours to walk around the island.

Whether you have come to Île-aux-Moines for a few hours, a few days, a few weeks or for a lifetime, you will be seduced by the gentle atmosphere of pebbles at low tide and secret lanes where flowers cascade down. You will be drawn to the wilder moorland that leads you along the paths to the east, west, south towards peaceful havens where the current whistles. you will fall in love with this island.

On foot, enjoy the coastal path that goes around the island. By bike, the many inland paths are accessible to you. Take advantage of your escapade to discover the Cromlec'h of Kergonan, the many calvaries, low walls, crosses and fountains and the ex-voto of the village chapel.

Arz island

Ile d’Arz

➔     3 km long and 3 km wide
➔     269 hectares
➔     17 km of coastal trails


 It will take approximately 4 hours to walk around the island.

The lush island of Arz invites you to enjoy the sweetness of life there: a mild climate, a preserved nature, places of conviviality... moments of joy to share with family or friends. Take some time to relax on the island of Arz.

Nestled in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan, the island remains a privileged place for water sports and navigation. This island is also in the midst of an agricultural renaissance. Some of the sites to discover while touring the island are the 12th century Notre Dame de la Nativité church, the moulin à Marée de Berno, the manor house of Kernoel and the dolmen of the Pointe de Liouse.

Groix island

Groix, an island of fishermen

➔     8 km long and 4 km wide
➔     1770 hectares
➔     30 km of coastal trails

Located off the coast of Lorient, the island is known for its curved beach "Les Sables blancs", a beach that is unique in Europe. It has a great mineralogical diversity and boasts a nature reserve François le Bail. The church tower is surmounted by a tuna fish as the island has long been devoted to tuna fishing. You will also find the tomb of a Viking Chieftain (11th century) and the remains of his drakkar.

The island has 40 km of bike paths. Cycling is the ideal means of transport on the island to ease in and out of the village lanes and discover inland paths.

Some remarkable must-see sites: the St-Leonard chapel, Port St Nicolas, Trou de l'enfer, Pointe des Chats, Grands Sables and Les Sables Rouges.

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