The most beautiful French islands
The French coast has many natural wonders to discover! The jagged coasts of the islands of Brittany, small fishing hamlets on the Atlantic coast, coves of turquoise water in the Mediterranean … The recognized diversity of the landscapes of our Hexagon is also found on the side of the islands! Thanks to its Overseas, France also offers you many exotic island destinations. In fact, every summer, the French islands see their attendance drastically increase thanks to tourists.
For a weekend, a stay or a vacation, we take you to meet some of the most beautiful French islands!
This English Channel island, also called Enez Vriad in Breton, forms a magnificent archipelago accessible from Arcouest, in the Côtes-d’Armor department. Its landscapes of moors and pink granite alternate with green and flowery plains. This rural setting is a call to contemplation and calm. Cars are prohibited, which makes Bréhat a haven of peace that will delight lovers of nature and hiking.
Still in Brittany but further west, Ouessant is the most western of the French metropolitan islands! The two strips of land that constitute the island territory are found off Finistère, near Brest. Within the Armorique Regional Natural Park, Ouessant is distinguished by its jagged cliffs, coves, lighthouses and small chapels.
Subject to strong winds and currents, it gives off a wild atmosphere. Bird sanctuary, it also shelters seal colonies, while the sheep graze quietly in the meadows. In terms of activities, it promises beautiful walks, boat or horseback rides. The more athletic will have the opportunity to practice water sports, such as diving, sea kayaking or sailing. Visiting the lighthouses is also a must!
In the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Port-Cros stands out from its neighbor Porquerolles by its calm and ultra-reserved nature. Less touristy, it can be reached by boat from the cities of Hyères or Lavandou.
Port-Cros being also a national park, one circulates there only on foot. Fishing, gathering and camping are prohibited and marked trails allow you to explore its treasures. Test the discovery of the island by boat with aquascope! This excursion is ideal for observing the marine environment from the portholes! Port, beaches and diving spots complete the island’s attractions.
Direction south of Brittany, in the Atlantic Ocean. Off Quiberon in Morbihan, visit the famous French island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, sung by Laurent Voulzy. Its charming harbors and its wild aspect have seduced many artists, and it is easy to understand why.
Besides its nature with steep cliffs and golden beaches, the island has many treasures to visit. Citadel built on the plans of Vauban, lighthouse of Kervilahouen, house of Sarah Bernhardt, Needles of Port Coton … Around these essential places, you will also find many events, exhibitions and festivals, especially in the summer season.
5. Chausey Islands
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The Norman archipelago of the Chausey Islands stretches over 5,000 ha and 365 islets at low tide! Suffice to say that this is a destination of choice for lovers of fishing and sailing.
Classified natural reserve, the island territory is conducive to the observation of sea birds. Did you know that it is the granite stones of the Chausey Islands which were used to build Mont-Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo and certain sidewalks from Paris and London?
Home port of the marine painter and navigator Marin Marie, the largest island of Chausey shelters his house, the first that one sees when one disembarks. Besides this house, the lighthouses and the semaphore to visit, you will have the opportunity to admire the white sandy beaches and the unspoiled nature of this French island. With a little luck, you will no doubt spot dolphins during the crossing from Granville in Normandy!
Undoubted star of the French Mediterranean islands, Corsica attracts many French and foreign tourists. It must be said that the island is large and diverse. Paradise beaches, jagged peaks, scrub, hilltop villages, local cuisine … Corsica is as suitable for trips as a couple as for family stays!
On the program: lazing on the beaches of the Gulf of Ajaccio, hikes near the Col de Bavella, tasting of cheese and charcuterie specialties… A few hours by boat from Marseille, Nice or Toulon, you will delve into Corsican culture and its preserved nature