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France Island-Hopping Tour

In the waters off France, explore four tranquil islands where the coastlines are rugged and the villages are charming.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  France is rich in coastline, but not so rich in islands. Which is fine. Because they aren’t famous (there’s nothing that even comes... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Château Bordénéo

An inland maison d’hôtes of good intentions and some allure.

Address:
Le Palais
Belle-île-en-Mer
France

Phone:
33-2-97-31-80-77

2. Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiriteux

An extraordinary museum Ricard founded as a "permanent encyclopedia" of wine and spirits. The collection includes 700 related books, 5,000 labels, 8,000 bottles with their contents (obscure Bell Epoque liquors, a triple-anisette produced by the Vatican pharmacy) and over 1,200 menus from the 1860’s to the 1960’s (coronation dinners at... More

Built as part of a St.-Martin-de-Ré shipyard in the 16th century, the Toiras is the kind of property that gives Relais & Châteaux a good name. It has the most polished service on Re, plus 20 guest rooms that enshrine the best of Grand Siecle decorating values: boiseries, blue and white Chinese export porcelain, toile de Jouy, and ... More

4. La Belle-Îloise

Among today’s tourists, the most popular souvenir is a half-dozen cans of prized millimisée sardines (they’re dated, like wine) from this La Belle-Îloise boutique.

Address:
Route Kerné
Quiberon
France

Phone:
33-2-97-31-29-14

The Citadelle, poised on a cliff edge 130 feet above the Atlantic, is now a surprising hotel, the mâchicoulis serving as terraces lead off many of the 65 guest rooms.

Address:
Citadelle Vauban
Le Palais
France

Phone:
33-2-97-31-84-17

These two hotels are interconnecting parts of the same maison d’hôtes. Both sit directly on the port in St.-Martin-de-Ré along with the Hotel de Toiras. The atmosphere at Le Corps/La Maison is beachy, not buttoned, and beyond charming, with antique tea gowns draped here and there, the glassy-crunchy feel of sea grass underfoot,... More

A monument to the endearingly loopy vision of pastis magnate Paul Ricard (who built it in 1962), the 19-room Le Delos was recently reimagined by British designer Carolyn Quartermaine, who brought cohesion to the eccentric mix. Thronelike armchairs are re-covered in vintage bedsheets dyed pink; linens are printed with fragments of 17th-century... More

8. Madame Orlac’h’s

At Madame Orlac’h’s nameless salon de thé you can have a cream tea as good as any in Wiltshire while listening to Schubert and reading ancient copies of Paris Match. Silk-shaded lamps and Staffordshire spaniels garnish the mantelpiece.

Address:
Stang Ar Glann
Île d’Ouessant
France

Phone:
33-2-98-48-85-09

9. Mary’s Jo Couture

For $18 a head, Mary Jo will prepare a ragout, simmered untouched for four hours in clods, and deliver it to your hotel or the beach for a picnic supper.

Address:
Lampaul
Île d’Ouessant
France

Phone:
33-2-98-48-87-58

10. Ti a Dreuz

The buckwheat crepes at Ti A Dreuz attain a rare level of delicacy and refinement.

Address:
Lampaul
Lampaul
France

Phone:
33-2-98-48-83-01

11. Ti Jan Ar C’hafé

It’s the only hotel worth anything, though hotel is a big word for what is really just an eight-room guesthouse. Open the windows to hear the sounds of the Siberian birds that nest nearby each spring.

Address:
Kernigou
Quessant
France

Phone:
33-2-98-48-82-64

Ty Korn serves the mother of all seafood platters.

Address:
Lampaul
Île d’Ouessant
France

Phone:
33-2-98-48-87-33