A day at Belle-Ile-en-Mer

A day at Belle-Ile-en-Mer

Belle-Ile-en-Mer, 15 kilometres from the Quiberon peninsula, off the coast of Morbihan, is one of the places you should not miss during your holidays in Southern Brittany. Embark without further ado and set off to discover another Brittany!

A haven of peace and nature on the Atlantic

Take advantage of your camping holiday in Morbihan to spend a fabulous day at Belle-Ile-en-Mer. Opposite Quiberon, discover an island that is both wild and touristy, a place apart and out of time. This rocky outcrop in the Atlantic, 17 km long and 9 km wide, is the largest island in Brittany.

In order to visit Belle-Île at your leisure, plan a full day trip. As soon as you arrive at the port of Le Palais, the capital of the island, think of renting bicycles or a car to get around more freely. Alternatively, buses run daily during the summer to the island's major tourist sites.

On arrival, discover the picturesque port of Le Palais, with its colourful houses lining the quayside, the steep streets and secret passages of the old town's walled enclosure. To learn more about the history of Belle-Ile, you should visit the Vauban citadel overlooking the port. It is accessed through the impressive Porte du Donjon. The walkway offers an incredible view of the ocean.

The port of Sauzon is also among the places not to be missed. Living to the rhythm of the tides, the small fishing and yachting port is lively all summer with its cafés, restaurants and crêperies. You can also visit the church of Saint-Nicolas, the patron saint of sailors, where models of boats are hung as votive offerings.

A land of inspiration for many artists, Belle-Ile-en-Mer seduces its visitors with the beauty of its landscapes, its colours and its light. Starting with the Aiguilles de Port Coton, where Claude Monet set up his easel to produce a series of impressionist paintings, or the Pointe des Poulains, where the playwright Sarah Bernhardt would have liked to be buried. The Grand Phare de Belle-Île, in the commune of Bangor, offers an unrestricted view of this wild coastline, so beautiful in calm or stormy weather.

Further on, the Anse de Donnant is also worth a visit. It is one of the most beautiful natural sites of the wild coast, reputed to offer surfers one of the most "beautiful waves" in Brittany. The dunes of Donnant present a sandy landscape of gigantic proportions where an exceptional diversity of flora has been maintained. Beach lovers will not be disappointed. Belle-Ile-en-Mer is home to around fifty beaches. Between Le Palais and Locmaria, the Grands Sables beach is the longest and most popular on Belle-Île.

Coming by boat

- All year round, the Compagnie Océane provides daily connections to Belle-Ile-en-Mer from Quiberon (Port-Maria ferry terminal). After a 45-minute boat ride, welcome to Le Palais!
- From April to October, several shipping companies provide regular connections from the ports of Vannes, Port Navalo, Le Croisic and La Turballe.
- Fares vary depending on the company and the period, but start at €18 per adult per trip.

Getting around Belle-Ile

- The best way to make the most of your day on Belle-Ile is to hire an electric car or bicycles to visit as many places as possible. Beware, the island is very hilly with some steep hills to climb...
- Another option: from Easter to All Saints' Day, the Belle-Île bus network serves the four communes, the main tourist sites and the island's beaches. More information on www.belle-ile.com

Staying at a campsite

Le Moulin de Cadillac, a 4-star campsite in Morbihan in Southern Brittany, welcomes you in a calm and wooded setting, on the banks of a small river. The location of our campsite allows you to easily reach Quiberon to go to Belle-Île in less than an hour by boat. We offer pitches for tents, caravans and motor homes, as well as comfortable and fully equipped mobile homes and bungalows. Throughout your stay, you will enjoy the activities offered on site: water park with heated pools, mini-farm, fishing pond, multi-sports ground, evening entertainment...

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