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Breton islandsVisit Brittany and Finistere and discover the islands: Glenan, Sein, Ushant... beaches, sailing, swimming and fishing.

The Breton islands

Batz island, Ushant island, Sein island, Molene Brittany from the Finistere islands


The island of Ushant (Ouessant in French), 18 miles (30km) off the coast of Le Conquet, is where you’ll find France’s most westerly point, Pointe de Pern. The island is well known for its lighthouses and treacherous seafaring heritage but especially for its indigenous sheep.


Molène island, just 1.2 km long and 800 m wide, is very flat and surrounded by white sandy beaches. A fishing fleet is based on the island, specialising in lobster and langoustes.


Rare in Brittany, exotic gardens on Batz island

A 15-minute boat ride from Roscoff, Batz island is a hidden gem that is worth seeking out. The main attraction is Georges Delaselle exotic gardens but there are also some lovely beaches, leisurely walks and great views from the top of the lighthouse.


Five miles (8km) off the Pointe du Raz, Sein island is arguably Brittany’s most unusual island, not least because it’s entirely flat. When you’re done exploring the only village’s museums, take a walk around the coast to see the lighthouse and the historic Free French Monument.


The Îles de Glénan are an archipelago of islands about 10 miles (16km) off the south coast of Finistère. Only accessible in summer, they are best known for their sailing and diving schools and for having a unique indigenous flower.