Ile de Bréhat

Your holiday travel guide to Bréhat Island with accommodation, ferries and attractions

Brehat island
Ile de Bréhat © Lou2mer
Ile de Bréhat is a "must do" to anyone touring Brittany. It is an ideal destination for a day trip or a week holiday. Described by many as the paradise island, it is situated 2km (1 mile) off the Pink Granite coastline, north of Paimpol in Côtes d'Armor.
Visible from the mainland, Bréhat is renowned for its exceptional natural beauty and mild climate. As you arrive by ferry boat in Port Clos, south of the island, you are welcomed by the colourful pink granite coastline dotted of elegant villas with subtropical gardens, pine woods and coved beaches.

Some Key Facts

Bréhat island is in fact two main islands in a middle of an archipelago of colourful pink granite rocks and islets, 100 in total. The two main islands, which cover a surface of 3 square meter only, are joint by a Vauban bridge (Pont ar Prad).

The northern part, more exposed to the element, is quieter, wilder and less inhabited with its Paon lighthouse renowned for offering some stunning views of the coastline.

Beware that that it can get quite busy in summer times when the very few hundred inhabitants multiply ten fold in July and August.

No cars are allowed but it is very easy to explore the island on foot along the 30km of pathways, or if you prefer, you can hire bicycles on arrival. The main village, namely Le Bourg, is found on the eastern part where the island's tourist office is also based. It is a pretty little place designed around a square of houses, where you find shops, bars and restaurants.

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Main Tourist Attractions

Brehat archipelago
Bréhat archipelago © Alain76
The main attraction of the island is by far its natural beauty and walking along the many coastal paths will provide plenty of beautiful sceneries for everyone. Thanks to its gentle climate, gardens enthusiasts will delight at some of the subtropical flora growing here including palm trees, tree echiums, mimosa and more common species like blue & pink hydrangeas. Some of our recommended places to visit include:
  • Chapelle Saint-Michel
    Located 33m above sea level, the highest site on the island, the Saint-Michel Chapel offers some of the best views across the archipelago.

  • The beach of Guerzido
    sunset on Brehat Island
    Sunset on Ile de Bréhat © Alain76
    The beach of Guerzido, situated on the southern eastern coast of the south island, is the main sandy beach of the island which is also protected from sea currents.

  • The Birlot Windmill
    Located on the western side of the southern island, this working flour windmill was in operation until 1920, date when the flour was first imported from the mainland. Falling into ruins, the city council acquired the site which has since been restored to its former glory.

  • The Verreries of Bréhat
    Paon Lighthouse
    Paon Lighthouse © fdecomite
    This local glass art craft factory was created in 1990 in the old Vauban fort and is renowned for its hand made glass door handles and staircase balls.

  • The Phare du Paon
    First built in 1860, the Paon lighthouse, situated at the northest point of the northern island, by destroyed by German troops. Rebuilt in 1952 in pink granite, the lighthouse is now fully automatised. The area offers some splendid views across the channel.

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How to travel to the island

Ferries to Bréhat Island

ferries to Ile de Brehat
Vedettes de Bréhat © G-rome
The island is a no car zone and you can only reach Bréhat by boat.

Les Vedettes de Bréhat is the sole ferry company transiting all year round leaving from the Pointe de l'Arcouest, north of Paimpol. The journey takes only 10 mins with departures every 30 mins in average. The ticket costs around Euro 10 in peak season.
They also offer day trips departing from the nearby seaside resorts of Erquy, Saint Quay Portieux and Binic. You can also opt for a 45 mins guided boat trip around the archipelago. For more information call +33 (0) 2 96 55 79 50 or visit the website.

How to travel to Paimpol, Bréhat's nearest mainland travelling point:

By Road: 5 hours drive from Paris (492km) by motorway A11 and N12 from Rennes
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By Sea: nearest ferry port is Saint-Malo (132km by N176 & N12 or 1h46mins drive) and Roscoff (116km by N12 or 1h40mins drive)
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By Train: 4h20 from Paris to Paimpol by high speed train (TGV) with one change at Guingamp for the regional railway network service (TER)
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By Plane: Dinard airport (118km, 1h34mins drive), Rennes airport (145km, 1h49 mins drive)
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Accommodation on Bréhat Island

Accommodation on the island is limited so you are advised to book early. Expect also to pay a premium compared to prices on the mainland.


hotel Bellevue brehat island

Hotel Bellevue

Le Port Clos, 22870 Ile de Bréhat
Conveniently located at your arrival point to Bréhat, Bellevue is the largest hotel on the island with 17 rooms. A very pleasant establishment with modern and comfortable bedrooms, some with sea views. Families can request the family room. Wonderful views across the mainland can be enjoyed from the panoramic restaurant which typically serves fish and seafood specialties.

Prices & Availability


Bed & Breakfast

- RECOMMENDED - Men Joliguet Guest House (five very well appointed double bedrooms all ensuite with stunning views across Port Clos), opened all year round, located in Port Clos. Email

- RECOMMENDED - La Potinière Guest House located by the sea (four very well appointed modern double bedrooms all ensuite and sea views, equipped with mini kitchen & WIFI access, 3 with terrace), opened from April to September, located in Guerzido beach, southern island - Email

- Bed and Breakfast room for up to 3 people, opened May, June and September only, situated 15 mins from the ferry port - Email

- Kéranroux Bed & Breakfast (2 double bedrooms, minimum stay of 2 nights, one availale all year round), opened all year round, located in Kéranroux (southern part of the northern island) - Email

- Bed and Breakfast room for up to 2 people, opened all year round, situated in Le Bourg - Email


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Gites and Self-Catering apartments

- Miquelon House (4 people) located in the "anse de La Corderie", southern part of the northern island - Email

- Saint-Pierre House (6 people) located in the "anse de La Corderie", southern part of the northern island - Email

- 5 self-catering holiday apartments to rent in Port Clos (capacity for each flat varies from 2 to 6 people, baby equipment optional)- Email

- Ti Kuset Gite (4 people) located 5 mins north of Le Bourg - Email

- Allégoat Holiday Gite (4 people) located in Crec'h Simon, 500m from Le Bourg - Email

- Holiday Gite - La Petite Maison de Bréhat (4 persons) located by the bridge, 30 m away from the sea - Email

- Holiday Gite - Maison du tertre Briand (5 people + baby) located south of Le Bourg near Guerzido beach - Email

- Three Holiday Chalets - REFUGE DES ELFES (capacity of 2-6 persons) located in the southern island - Email

- Kervarabès Cottage (capacity of 4 persons) located in the northest point of the island - Email

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There is only one campsite on the island and it is a "camping municipal", which means that it is run by the local city council. The campsite is situated on the south western part of the island in Goareva, near Port-Clos. It is a very pleasant site with lots of trees with exceptional views across the archipelago. It is opened from 15th June to 15th September. For full details and booking, ring the city council on +33 (0) 2 96 20 00 36 or directly +33 (0) 2 96 20 02 46.

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