The biggest of the Ponant Islands is located 15 kilometres south of Quiberon. 17 kilometres long and 9 wide, the island is dotted with little harbours and pretty beaches (for a family trip, opt for Bordardoué or Les Grands Sables), sheltered coves and cliffs, surrounded by a wide variety of landscapes where plant life is everywhere.
In Belle-Île, there are many spots offering views worthy of the greatest photographers, from the big lighthouse to the rocks of the Apothicairerie Cave, through the Port-Coton Needles.
You are sure to fall in love immediately upon arriving at the port of Le Palais: the colourful houses by the harbour, the peaceful atmosphere, the old town, the view from the Vauban citadel and the fortified enclosure all set the tone. Then head to Sauzon, another charming port, which was a sardine-fishing centre in the 19th century.
At Les Poulains headland, the stage actress Sarah Bernhardt's house is open to visitors.
The landscape becomes wilder towards Bangor, with its spectacular rocks. Locmaria, the island's highest point, is where you will find the tallest cliffs and some large beaches that are ideal for water sports. Surfing-lovers, head to Donnant beach; sailing fans, make for Les Grands Sables! Bear in mind: for swimming, the south side is recommended because the water is warmer there.
Cultural events are legion in Belle-Île-en-Mer. Two major events are the Bangor chamber music festival in July, and the lyrical art festival in the first two weeks of August.