The history of Brittany has always been tightly bound up with the sea. It is renowned for its fishing activity, but one should not forget the shellfish culture and oyster farming. Brittany, which has long been the great region for flat oysters, has now developed cupped oyster beds. There are considered to be a dozen excellent types of Breton oysters.
From the Belle Ile’s main city La Palais, you board a coach and leave for a short sightseeing tour of the island. We pass by Sauzon, a picturesque harbour over the entrance of a deep estuary known for its coloured facades. Enjoy the spectacular wild coast of Port Coton to admire its needles – pyramids of rocks shaped by the ocean where foam may fly like cotton balls on stormy days.
Then meet Breton gastronomy while sampling oysters with a glass of white wine at the famous Castel Clara restaurant, in the fresh sea air of Port Goulphar – one of the most delightful rocky coves of the island.
On your way back, see the Grand Phare (lighthouse) from the coach and pass Kervilahouen, a peaceful inland village that inspired the impressionist painter Claude Monet. Once back in Le Palais, we walk back to the pier.