Hiking on the island of Belle-île-en-Mer in south Brittany.

A great hike on the coastal path between Sauzon and the tip of the Poulains.

The walk begins in the pretty small port of Sauzon, and ends at the tip of the Poulains (pointe des Poulains), magnificent rocky spur planted in the Atlantic ocean. The coastal trail is not difficult to find, it is located at the end of the port of Sauzon. However it is quite difficult to get to Sauzon, there are very few connections with the continent (only in July and August). The other option is to get to the other port of Belle-Île, Le Palais, where the Quiberon links are much more frequent. Belle-Île-en-Mer is a large island (20 kms on 9), it is not possible to visit all in a day. To move on the island you can come with your car, rent a bike, take the bus... The return to Sauzon requires to take the opposite path, make a loop in the hinterland is not very interesting.

Interest: notegood (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 4 h.

The port of Sauzon

The port of Sauzon
Lovely small town, it is the second port of the island after the port of the Palais This is the start and the end of our hike.

Sauzon

Sauzon
You have a wonderful view on the tip of the Cardinal

Lanscape over the Atlantic Ocean

Lanscape over the Atlantic Ocean
The entire route runs along the coast of Belle-Île. You always stay close to the ocean with some magnificent points of view. There is no difficulty to move along the path, there are many signs.

The creeks

The creeks
Along the route there are small beaches where it is good to rest.

Steep path

Steep path
'The coastal path isn’t very easy, the climbs are short but pretty rough. It''s never flat. '

Indication panel

Indication panel
On the picture you see a slab indicating that you are on the coastal trail (GR34). The total distance between “Les Poulains” and Sauzon is 3 miles. The trail is reserved for pedestrians, bicycles are prohibited. Anyway, it is too difficult for bicycles.

The House of Sarah Bernard

The House of Sarah Bernard
The picture is taken from the roof of the home of the actress Sarah Bernard (1844-1923). She loved Belle-Ile and built this house and another a little further to receive her family and her friends.

The tip of the Poulains

The tip of the Poulains
The “Pointe des Poulains” is connected to Belle-Ile by a cordon of sand called tombolo.

The rocks of the tip of the Poulains

The rocks of the tip of the Poulains
Magnificent spectacle of the sea submerging the rock - A must see in any season.

The lighthouse of the Poulains

The lighthouse of the Poulains
The Lighthouse is of course automatic, you can go inside to see a small exhibition.

The coast of Belle-île-en-Mer

The coast of Belle-île-en-Mer

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