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Belle-Île-en-Mer

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan

French island in the Atlantic Ocean dependent Morbihan department Belle-Île-en-Mer is a popular tourist destination for visitors in search of natural beauty and tranquility. Formerly sung by Laurent Voulzy, this Breton island located about fifteen kilometers off Quiberon, is the largest of the Ponant Islands. It is composed of four villages, Bangor, Locmaria, Palais and Sauzon, which welcome every year many tourists.

Mythical destination, Belle-Île-en-Mer its name from its magical environment, and its magnificent landscapes. Cliffs, moors, protected dunes, or breathtaking panoramas, difficult to resist the natural charm of the island of Britain!

Single place of serenity and peaceful haven, the island of Ponant is worshiped by its inhabitants who appreciate the splendor, but also passing tourists who let themselves be overwhelmed by the magic and unspoilt nature of the site.

Preserved for centuries of mass urbanization, Belle-Île-en-Mer even now enjoys a unique authenticity and an indescribable charm.

Belle-Île-en-Mer is a seaside resort that is part of the municipalities of Bangor, Locmaria, Le Palais, Sauzon

Geographical information

Seaside locationBelle-Île-en-Mer
Latitude47.3320750 (N 47° 19’ 55”)
Longitude-3.1668090 (W 3° 10’ 1”)
DepartmentMorbihan
RegionBrittany

Nearest cities & towns

Le Palais1.4 mi (4 min)
Bangor1.7 mi (5 min)
Sauzon5.5 mi (14 min)
Locmaria6.1 mi (12 min)
Quiberon11.2 mi (1h08)

Things to see and do

In addition to a unique nature, Belle-Île-en-Mer full of remarkable places that continue to charm visitors and residents. Monuments to the glory of the sea, or fortified walls, the stones tell the whole story of this unique island.

A Palace, it is possible to discover one of the citadels of Vauban, a member of the Fortifications of Vauban. It overlooks the city, and was formerly defended against hacker attacks or English in his time. There is also a museum on the history of Belle-Île-en-Mer, including a fine collection of old maps of Brittany. The Palace of town also has a fortified wall, the only nineteenth century which remains in its original state.

Immortalized by Claude Monet, the Port-Coton Needles represent a set of marine rocks on the town of Bangor. Visitors crossing still continue to see similarities with a sphinx, a bust of Louis XIV or the Mont-Saint-Michel.

The port of Sauzon, with its facade with colorful shutters, Goulphar lighthouse built in the early nineteenth century, or the tip of Foals are all remarkable sites to discover on Belle-Île-en-Mer.

Large underwater cave, the cave of the Apothecary is named for its many bird nests pots reminiscent of old pharmaceuticals. Nearby, many coastal paths allow to go around the island and along the cliffs of the wild coast. Various beaches are also, like that of Great sands, allowing the practice of relaxation or water sports. Overlooking the beach, especially, is popular with surfers because of its rollers.

Golf, built in the middle of the moors, offers stunning views of the headlands and the Atlantic Ocean.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Natural sites
Transport

Events and festivities

Away from the mainland, is not Belle-Île-en-Mer least one radiating cultural site where the events and other festivals are plenty.

Throughout the year, markets take place in the four villages of the island, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning at the Palace every morning in Locmaria, every afternoon in Sauzon which takes up a market producers, while Bangor welcomes his Tuesday afternoon and Friday in addition, in July, August and September.

August is the famous theater festival Beautiful Island On Air, the only island event of contemporary music. Located Palais, it sold out every year, and takes place in the unique setting of the Vauban fortress. Many are the rising stars of the current scene that come before the public.

From late July to mid-August, Belle-Île-en-Mer is the theater of international opera festival. For several weeks, many lyrical music artists are presented for exceptional concerts.

Weather

Tuesday 18 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 21°C
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Wednesday 19 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 21°C
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Thursday 20 july
Min. 19°C - Max. 21°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Surfing, paddleboarding or sea wading lessons
Sports sensations40 € to 105 € Saint-Pierre-Quiberon (13.2 mi)
Little tourist train, with guided tour
Culture and education7 € Carnac (18.3 mi)
Tasting at a Breton biscuit factory
Local flavoursFreeBelz (24 mi)
Sea trip in the Morbihan Gulf and islands
Nature and the great outdoors29 € to 50 € Arradon (25 mi)
Cruise in the Gulf of Morbihan
Nature and the great outdoors17 € Vannes (28 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Island Hoëdic - Tour of the island
HikeEasy2h50Hoedic (13.6 mi)
Gr Rhuys-Vilaine (Official): step 19 Arzon from Port navalo to Pen castel
HikeIntermediate3h05Arzon (19.3 mi)
Gr Rhuys-Vilaine (Official): step 18 Arzon from Tumiac to Port Navalo
HikeIntermediate2h35Arzon (19.6 mi)
Gr Rhuys-Vilaine (Official): stage 17 Sarzeau (St Jacques) in Arzon (Tumiac)
HikeIntermediate3h25Sarzeau (20 mi)
Gr Rhuys-Vilaine (Official): stage 20 Arzon Moulin Pen Castel in Sarzeau Brillac
HikeIntermediate3h05Arzon (21 mi)

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