Sightseeing on Belle-Île-en-Mer
A whole island to explore:
The largest island in Brittany, Belle-Île has 4 towns:
Le Palais (the island’s main port)
Sauzon harbour (marina)
Belle-Île-en-Mer has an area of 84 km² and is 19 km long and 8 km wide. 58 beaches (7 km in total), 2 of which are supervised
More than 80 km of signposted cycle routes
Things to see:
The Citadelle Vauban, with its fortifications built by Vauban on the orders of Louis XIV, is a popular attraction.
The 52-metre-high Grand Phare lighthouse with its panoramic view.
The Belle Fontaine (water tank with a capacity of 860,000 litres)
The Aiguilles (rock stacks) of Port Coton (painted by Claude Monet)
The Romanesque church in Locmaria
The Pointe des Poulains, listed as a protected natural site
Belle-Île: breath-taking views, huge expanses of unspoilt wilderness, cliffs, a protected natural environment (listed Natura 2000 site).
Tourism is now the island’s main resource.
Not-to-be-missed natural sites include: the Aiguilles (rock stacks) at Port Coton, the Plage de Donnant, Sauzon harbour and the Pointe des Poulains with its enchanting view.
Tourist Office (Le Palais) : +33 (0)2 97 31 81 93 – http://www.belle-ile.com
Locmaria : http://www.locmaria-belle-ile.com
Compagnie Océane : http://www.compagnie-oceane.fr