Of volcanic origin, it is 17 km long (from Pointe des Poulains to Locmaria) and 9 km wide (from Palais to Port Coton), i.e. 85 km².
By way of comparison, it is four times the size of Ouessant or almost identical in area to the island of Ré (84 m²). The island is made up of numerous valleys which make it a destination for experienced cyclists! It is essential to take the time to discover the variety of its landscapes, from north to south and from east to west. As well as savouring its unique atmosphere. If you want to stay on Belle Ile, you must take the time to do so, ideally between 5 and 10 nights out of season. Travellers fall under the spell of its beauty, its "micro-climate" and its gentle way of life! Total disconnection guaranteed!
The island consists of 150 villages spread over four communes: Le Palais, Locmaria, Bangor and Sauzon.
There is a variety of landscapes between the wild and steep west side and the east coast, with its ports and long white sandy beaches.
The GR340 is France's "favourite" route for 2022 and attracts many visitors.
Thanks to its coastline, which has been preserved from urbanisation, it is possible to walk all the way round without taking your eyes off the ocean. Hikers coming to the island should be well equipped, physically prepared and respectful of a fragile environment. Tips are compulsory on walking sticks.
This is the commune where the houses of Kerdavid'île are located. Founded in 1070, it was initially mainly devoted to agriculture.
The south of the island is spared from the influx of tourists who arrive en masse on the Pointe des Poulains, Sauzon, Port Coton and Le Palais. Moreover, the most beautiful beaches are to be found there! Locmaria also offers spectacular coastal scenery, with the highest cliffs on the island: at the Pointe du Skeul. Its atypical church dates back to the origins of the commune. In the village of Locmaria, there are several shops: a bakery, a supermarket, a bar-tobacco-grocery, a bicycle rental company, a creperie, an oyster producer and a restaurant. The market takes place every Wednesday. Shopping and bike delivery are possible directly at the rental.
It is the main port of arrival from the mainland, and there is continuous activity, especially at each arrival and departure of a boat.
There are many car, bicycle and scooter rental companies.
Sauzon is famous for its harbour with its colourful houses which are a delight for painters and photographers !
The harbour is still home to a few fishing boats, and has a growing marina activity. Very pleasant to stroll around and always good addresses of restaurants: small bistros, gastro or crêperie.
The territory to the west, with its jagged coastline and impressive cliffs, such as the famous Aiguilles de Port Coton and the Anse de Goulphar.
A place that Claude Monet particularly appreciated, he was as if hypnotized by the place. The beach of Donnant is also very well known for surfing amateurs and professionals (2 schools offer group or individual lessons).