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3 beaches to see the sunrise

In Belle-Île

To see the sun rising over Belle-île : head east ! Here are 3 beautiful beaches that offer a superb panorama on the interior coast of the island… Ideal to start the day well and to attend the awakening of Nature!

#1 Ramonette a small beach

A stone's throw from Le Palais

It will take you only 10 minutes to walk along the coastal path from Le Palais to reach Ramonette. This sandy cove has an atypical geography that will allow you to fully enjoy the sunrise. Located at the bottom of a deep valley, the imposing relief of the place gives a point of observation on the peninsula of Quiberon and on the island of Houat.

Ramonette is the first step of the coastal path before arriving towards the sandy beaches of the soft coast: Port Guen, Bordardoué, or Grands-Sables.

Discover Le Palais

its monuments and architecture

After your passage through Ramonette, it will also be possible for you to continue your exploration of the Island with a morning jaunt through Le Palais. A 2.5 km tree-lined walking tour circles the city and will reveal the ramparts of the urban wall that was built during the Second Empire. This circuit will also offer you superb views of the emblematic monument of Le Palais, La Citadelle Vauban, which dominates the whole city.


From Le Palais, the GR®340 trail that takes you to Ramonette starts on rue Jules Simon, on the port.

By car, take the exit to Bangor on your left and then take the street of Port Hallan on your left.

You can also stock up on fresh produce, and get at the Le Palais market, which runs year-round from Tuesday to Saturday in the city center. On the menu: fruits and vegetables, cheeses, Kouign-amann, pancakes or galettes. Local fishermen are sometimes present to sell at the auction.

You will also have the opportunity to explore Vauban’s citadel with live tours. These 1.5 hour tours take place both outdoors with a tour of the guardhouse, and indoors with the naval museum.

#2 Bordardoué

A magnificent viewpoint

On Quiberon and the islands of Morbihan

This sandy beach is located a little more than 3 km from Le Palais by the coastal path. On this point of the island, the hilly relief of the GR340 allows you to distinguish Quiberon, the islands of Houat and Hoëdic, the entrance to the Port of Palais and typical Vauban military fortifications such as the redoubt of Gros Rocher. Bordardoué is also one of the most remarkable natural sites of the soft coast. The cliffs of quartz and multicolored tuff will give exceptional colors at sunrise. Upon arrival at Bordardoué, you will walk through a small sand dune that will lead you directly to the fine sand of the beach. At low tide, you will be able to access the caves and small creeks that border Bordardoué.

Bordardoué is also one of the places where you can try a very Breton activity, fishing on foot! During the big coefficients, you will be able to look for the shellfish found on the coast of our regions: clams, cockles and perhaps concoct delicious meals.

Explore some of the monuments

The most impressive ones on the Breton coast

All around Bordardoué, you will find several military batteries that were built in the 18th century to deal with the British threat. The Gros Rocher battery to the south, and Fort Larron to the north. There is also the Belle Fontaine. This building was built under the supervision of Vauban in 1703. The place was used to store fresh water for the ships that were going to the Indies. The Belle Fontaine can be visited freely from April to September.

La Morgat, Belle-Île Brewery is located 200 meters from Bordardoué. The establishment offers direct sales on its premises between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. from April 1 to September 30. Tours of the workshop and free tastings are organized at 6 p.m. in July and August.

  • By bus, from the bus station in Le Palais, take line 3 towards Locmaria and get off at the Port Salio stop.
  • By bike: from Le Palais, take the coastal road towards Locmaria. Turn left at the hamlet of Port Salio.
  • On foot, from the center of Le Palais, an easy 3.5 km walk will take you to Bordardoué in 1 hour and 15 minutes
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Bordardoué is one of the best places on the island to learn a very Breton activity, fishing on foot! During the big coefficients, you will be able to look for the shellfish found on the coast of our regions: clams, cockles and perhaps concoct delicious meals.

Sea trips

Explore Belle-Île

Discover Houat and Hoëdic

The professionals offer guided and animated tours of the Morbihan coastline. The formulas proposed from the port of Le Palais are varied: half-day excursions to the tip of Kerdonis or the Poulains, full day tour of the island, angling trip, expedition to Houat and Hoëdic. Our best plans to enjoy the ocean during your stay.

#3 Grands-Sables

A sporty beach

Located in the commune of Locmaria, it is the largest beach on Belle-Île. The surrounding coastal path is easy to access and clear. It allows you to get a good view of the coastline. The coastal trail is perfect for hikers looking for an easy walk. The climbs and descents here are gentle, and quickly lead you to beautiful views.

Hike, kayak, or paddle

Discover Locmaria on foot, and on the water!

From Samzun, the neighboring beach of Grands Sables, an 8 km loop will also reveal the fortifications of all periods: German battery at the Pointe de la Biche or the horseshoe battery at the Pointe de Bugul which dates from the XVII th century. From Grands-Sables, you can also get on the water and enjoy splendid walks in sea kayak or in paddle on the Locmaria coast.

  • By bus: from the bus station of Le Palais, take line 3 direction Locmaria and get off at the stop Les Grands-Sables.
  • By bike: the green route will lead you to the beach in 7 km from Le Palais. From Locmaria, it will take you about 3 km to reach Grands-Sables.
  • On foot: from the port of Le Palais, a hike without difficulty by the coastal path of 7.2 km and 164 m of elevation gain will bring you to the beach. From Locmaria, the coastal path is more rugged. You will have to go through the 7.3 km and 265 m of change in altitude to arrive at Grands-Sables.

Well sheltered from the waves and wind, it is one of the best spots to practice nautical activities: sailing, kayaking, paddle. You will have the opportunity to rent equipment on site and take lessons with the schools present on the beach :

Sports, restaurants, swimming

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To enjoy your beach day