"Belle Ile - The beauty Island off the Bretagne" Belle-Île-en-Mer by MikeAtSea

Belle-Île-en-Mer Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 107 photos

The island measures 17km by 9 km and has an average altitude of 40m. The coasts are a mixture between dangerously sharp cliff edges on the southwest side and calm placid beaches and navigable harbours on the northeast side. The island's climate is oceanic, having less rain and milder winters than on the mainland.
Belle Île was separated from the mainland about 6000 B.C., earlier than its neighbouring islands Houat and Hoedic.
Archaeological finds from the Bronze Age suggest that the island enjoyed a large increase in population in this time, probably due to improvements in seafaring.

It was held by English troops from 1761 to 1763 when the French got it in exchange for Nova Scotia, and a large portion of the modern day population is descended from repatriated Acadian colonists who returned to France after the loss of Acadia (Nova Scotia) to Great Britain during The Great Upheaval (le Grand Dérangement).
Today, its population of about 4,000 predominantly survive on tourism and fishing. During the summer the island's population increases dramatically, with many people owning a second home on the island, because of its secluded location and beaches.
A charming island that is quiet popular with day visitors from the French mainland - offering many tourist aspects that have already enchanted Sarah Bernhardt and Claude Monet.

  • Last visit to Belle-Île-en-Mer: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2008
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    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Excellent page of a nice tourist destination. Received your postcards of Belie-Ile and St. Malo. Have scanned them into my VT frontpage. Happy travels. Cheers, SL :)

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