La Désirade – Discover Belle-Île
A short note from Pierre and Benedicte
Mysterious and intact, Belle-Île-en-Mer is a real refuge, an interlude enchanting every traveller who comes to discover it.
Its treasures offered without restraint, combined with the charm and services of La Désirade are, without a doubt, a unique remedy to relax…
During your bike rides (rented at La Désirade) or on foot (104 km of coastal paths) you will discover all the facets and colours of the island.
We will be pleased to guide you in your discovery of Belle-Île.
The Aiguilles de Port Coton
Wonder of nature, their name comes from the foam whipped during stormy or windy weather. Indeed, the foam flies in large flakes sparkling like cotton. French-painter Claude Monet revealed paintings of these unique jagged rocks. The place often offers sublime warm-colored sunsets.
The beach of Donnant
Located 2 kilometers from our hotel, this emblematic beach is settled along the wild coast. It is famous for the beauty of its dunes and impressive waves during windy weather.
The great lighthouse of Goulphar
Considered as the most imposing lighthouse of the three ones built on the island, it is located in Kervilahouen on the southern-west coast. This 92 meters-granite-tower was built between 1826 and 1835. Its light is one of Europe’s most powerful and can be seen up to 50 kilometers away. The view from the top is breathtaking. At the bottom, a permanent exhibition shows the different aspects of the job of a lightouse keeper.
The Vauban Citadel
Dominating the harbour of Le Palais, classed as a historical monument since 2006, its museum is open all year long (except in January). The entrance ticket enables you to visit the art and history museum and the naval room. For more informattion: www.citadellevauban.com
Belle-Île is the largest of the Breton islands. With an area of 85 km2, it is 17 km long by 9 km wide and reaches a peak of 70 metres. To the northeast, on the most sheltered coast facing the mainland, you will find the island’s two main ports: Le Palais and Sauzon, as well as the island’s large beach called Les Grands Sables. The south coast, also well protected, has many beaches with generally warmer waters… while the north coast has the largest beaches (Bordadoué, les Grands Sables). As for the west coast of the island, there is the extraordinary beach of Port Donnant. To the east, there are the beaches of Port Maria, Port Blanc and Port AnDro.
The Pointe des Poulains
Located at the northwestern end of the island, it is an emblematic site of Belle-île. The visit begins with the property of Sarah Bernhardt, made up of 2 villas and a fort bringing visitors back to the mood and atmosphere of the time. By continuing with the walk along the coast, you will see the lighthouse of Les Poulains, which is located on an islet accessible at low tide. Inside, an exhibition presents the natural resources of the tip.
Belle-Île by bike
Bike is probably the best way to discover Belle-Île.
For Sunday cyclists or accomplished sportsmen, you will find many bike routes on Belle-Île and for all levels. It’s even better if you have an electric bike, you can recharge it at the hotel.
The sea offers many opportunities for activities in Belle-Île:
- Catamaran excursion for a tour of the island, crossing to Houat and Hoëdic or discovery of the Gulf of Morbihan.
- Optimist, windsurfing or catamaran lessons on the beach of Les Grands Sables.
- Lovers of thrills, the beach of Donnant is for you: with its rollers it is the meeting place for the surfers of Belle-Île.
- You can also choose a sea kayak trip to discover the Belle-Île coasts or a diving trip to explore forests and underwater meadows.
The Golf de l’Extrême
A mythical and rustic golf in the heart of a spectacular natural setting.
Located on the magnificent Pointe des Poulains, the Golf de l’Extrême offers a 14-hole course in the heart of the moor and along the cliffs of the Côte Sauvage path.
The second hole, with its green on a rocky spur, is a famous challenge.