Lovely Belle-Île-en-Mer is the largest of a small clutch of islands off the coast of Brittany. Just twelve miles long and less than four miles wide, this verdant atoll benefits from a mild climate, which contributes to the abundant flora found here. Fragrant eucalyptus, exotic gingko and mimosa trees, bountiful figs and colourful oleanders are all part of the lush landscape. Secluded, small beaches along coastal paths and quiet roadways are perfect for hiking and biking.
Le Palais, the island’s main town, boasts a 16th-century citadel standing guard near the harbour. Monet painted the charming village of Sauzon during a stay in 1886 and Sarah Bernhart owned a home on the island for several years. No doubt you too will be enchanted by the isle’s charms.
Pier Information The ship is scheduled to be anchor off Le Palais pier, located a 5-minute walk from the town centre. Taxis are not normally waiting on the waterfront but may be located in the surrounding streets. Shopping Your best buys are typical Breton products such as woven or embroidered fabric, brass and wooden goods, puppets, dolls and souvenirs. Many shops close for lunch between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The local currency is the euro. Cuisine Britanny is particularly famous for its crepes, served with either sweet or savoury fillings. Accompanied by a glass of local cider or wine, they are a light, inexpensive meal. Fresh fish and seafood - shrimp, crayfish, crabs, oysters and scallops - are always a good choice. Other Sites Port Coton
Monet painted these offshore “needles” 36 times in as many different weathers and in as many different lights as possible.
Goulphar lighthouse stands 90 feet (82 metres) high and looks over the sea. The view from it base stretches out from Lorient to Croizic.
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption
The oldest church of the island, situated in Locmaria.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board.