Hugely popular with French visitors in summer, the little Île de Bréhat – 2km offshore from Pointe de l’Arcouest, 6km northwest of Paimpol – is one of the most beautiful places in Brittany. Renowned as a sanctuary for rare species of wild flowers, including blue acanthus, it abounds in birds of all kinds.

Consisting, in truth, of two islands, joined by a tiny bridge, Bréhat appears to span great latitudes. On its north side are windswept meadows of hemlock and yarrow, sloping down to chaotic erosions of rock; on the south, you find yourself amid palm trees, mimosa and eucalyptus. All around is a multitude of little islets – some accessible at low tide, others propriété privée, most just pink-orange rocks.

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