Brittany's 5 best islands to visit after the crowds have gone

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Secluded spots to get away from it all

Make the most of the sunshine

With the kids back in school, it's the perfect time to enjoy a peaceful break on some of Brittany's most beautiful islands. The late summer sun and changing seasons bewitch these serene landscapes so take the chance to revel in the colours of autumn with a walk or cycle ride.

Exploring these enchanting locations is a fantastic way to unwind and celebrate the great outdoors. And, as we move out of high season, there are also some excellent offers and short breaks to be had so there really is no excuse!

Take a look at our favourite islands to visit in Brittany below.

5 irresistible islands to visit in Brittany

1. Golfe du Morbihan

This pretty 'inland sea' is widely known as one of the most beautiful bays in the world and has 42 islands, each with their own magical landscape. Ile aux Moines is great for hiking whilst Gavrinis is home to an ancient burial chamber from 3500 BC.
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2. Ile d'Ouessant (Ushant)

Enjoy a front-row seat at the best site in France for autumn bird-watching. The landscape of cliffs and inlets and it's location in the Atlantic make the island a popular spot for migrating birds from as far away as Siberia so keep your binoculars handy!
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3. Ile de Brehat

Strolling through the Mediterranean vegetation you'll realise just how warm this island's microclimate is. Popular with walkers and cyclists as no cars are allowed on the island, there's also a glassblowers to visit if the sun goes in.
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4. Ile de Houat

Set sail aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship to discover an island paradise outside the Gulf of Morbihan. With sweeping sandy views and a network of footpaths, it's a stunning place and it's sister island Hoëdic has some wonderful Neolithic sites to explore.
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5. Archipel des Glènan

An archipelago of islands known for their sailing and diving schools, Les Glènans are also famous for the beautiful lagoon and it's white sands at their heart, which has been nicknamed 'the Breton Tahiti'. Why not take a sea kayaking trip around the archipelago to explore?
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About Brittany

Just a short distance across the Channel, Brittany is one of the most popular holiday regions in France and offers something for everyone. Along the beautiful and varied coastline of over 700 miles, you'll discover endless sandy stretches, secluded coves and rugged rock formations.

Inland there's breathtaking countryside, historic towns and quaint villages waiting to be discovered. From seaside resorts like Dinard and Benodet to ports such as Lorient, and architectural gems including the regional capital Rennes, there are plenty of places to explore.

Read our guide to Brittany

There's much more to see and do if you love the great outdoors so check out our Mystical Brittany collection and our top nature spots in Brittany.

Why visit Brittany?

  • Welcoming Bretons and great cuisine
  • Rugged coastline and pretty beaches
  • Stunning megaliths at the Carnac stones 
  • Places of Arthurian myth and legend

Getting to Brittany

Brittany Ferries offers direct sailings into Brittany with our Portsmouth to St Malo, and Plymouth to Roscoff ferry routes.

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