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  • Nature of Belle Ile
    Nature of Belle Ile
    by MikeAtSea
  • Nature of Belle Ile
    Nature of Belle Ile
    by MikeAtSea
  • Nature of Belle Ile
    Nature of Belle Ile
    by MikeAtSea

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    INTRODUCTION - CONTEXT

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 16, 2009

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    Le palais (main harbour)
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    Favorite thing: .
    The island
    Belle-Île-en-Mer is the largest of Brittany's island (south), located next to the Quiberon peninsula.
    Dimensions: 17 x 9 km, average attitude of 40m

    The coasts: a mix of sharp cliff edges on the southwest side (exposed to the ocean) named the Côte Sauvage (Wild coast), and beaches, of the side sheltered from the wind and the strong currents (northeast)

    The two main harbours ports are Le Palais (accessible by ferry from Quiberon, dominated by the Vauban citadel) and Sauzon (accessible by ferry from Quiberon and Lorient).
    Belle-Île's population is about 5,000 ... but not during summer vacations.

    History (short)
    The island was held by British troops during the Seven years war, during 2 years (18rd Century).
    From 1765, 78 families of repatriated Acadians settle down in the Island after the "Great Upheaval " (French: le Grand Dérangement).

    Contacts (both in French)
    Offical Belle ïle tourism information center
    Offical tourism committee of Morbihan

    Photo 2: Map of Belle ïle (from tourism info center)

    Fondest memory: My first contact with the wild coast, at "la pointe des poulains", wild and beautifull

    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Tourist Office Belle Ile

    by MikeAtSea Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Tourist Office Belle Ile

    Favorite thing: A good start when you arrive is to visit the friendly tourist office of Belle Ile - situated next to the port of Le Palais. Here the staff is equipped to provide you with maps and information and to make your stay more worthwhile.
    The tourist offices web page is http://www.belle-ile.com/ - however it is only in French.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Cruise
    • Family Travel

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    Nature of Belle Ile

    by MikeAtSea Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Nature of Belle Ile
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    Favorite thing: Sunny beaches, rough sea and foamy waves, flowery moors and small sheltered creeks, villages well integrated in the environment, secret glens, rocks chiseled by wind and sea, Belle-Ile shows many different faces and an amazing variety of superb landscapes.
    The nature that has drawn many artists and actors to the island for inspiration - today it is mostly protected and shows the beauty of this island.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

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