Histoire - Patrimoine bâti, Se réveiller à Belle-île - Hébergements, Belle île en mer, île de Bretagne, Bretagne sud, au large du Golfe du MorbihanVue aérienne de la Citadelle Vauban, à Le Palais, haut-lieu du Patrimoine Historique et Hôtel-Musée.
©Vue aérienne de la Citadelle Vauban, à Le Palais, haut-lieu du Patrimoine Historique et Hôtel-Musée.|Philippe Ulliac
Explore the largest island in Brittany

The Palace

Vauban" city

Welcome to Palais, the capital of Belle-Ile-en-Mer! Main port of the island, Le Palais is dominated by the Citadel, fortress started from the middle of the XVIth to which, the famous military engineer of Louis XIV : Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, brought some modifications at the end of the XVIIth.

Welcome to Palais

"capital" of Belle-île-en mer

A strategic port since forever

Le Palais is the most populated commune on the island, with nearly 2,630 inhabitants.

Its port, overlooked by the imposing Citadelle “Vauban”, is the main gateway to the maritime connections with the mainland.

It is also one of the most important marinas in Southern Brittany.

Once strategic, Le Palais has preserved a military historical heritage unique in France. Indeed, here, the fortification works have, from time immemorial, been very important. It was necessary to preserve itself from the attacks of which the port and the citadel could be the object. The first inspection by Louis XIV’s military engineer, Vauban, dates from 1683. He did not modify the layout of the work begun in the middle of the 16th century, but he installed a new escarpment that would unify the enclosure into a compact mass that brought a unique and singular character to the Ville de Palais, a fortified city.

Two historical routes will allow you to take the measure of the rich past of Palais, which until the very beginning of the twentieth century constituted the economic lung of Belle-Île.

The Palace

Along its landscapes

and seasons

3 good reasons to love the Palais

Reason n°1

the proximity of the port and the beautiful ballet of ferries, sailboats and old riggings

Reason n°2

the richness of its historical heritage


Reason n°3

a wide range of accommodations for every budget!

Waking up

as close as possible to the Vauban Citadel

Here is a selection of charming hotels located in the heart of the city to wake up as close as possible to the Citadel.
You will also find many guest rooms or holiday rentals in Palais and its surroundings

Who thought that Le Palais was so rich in places to walk and historical curiosities? Washhouse, seigniorial barn, Greek stele or chevet of an ancient chapel…

Le Palais, Lieux secrets et familiers - Carlette Portier & Jacques Poutord edited by La Société Historique de Belle-île-en-Mer

To be experienced in the heart of the Vauban City!