Further continuing our Divine Islands Series, we turn our attention to another historic and beautiful destination not often considered for its islands, the country of France. Journey with us to 3 of France’s amazing island destinations and explore what you have been missing. As we begin our journey to the lovely French Islands, we welcome you to the islands of Île de Ré, Île d’Yeu and Belle Isle.
Île de Ré or Isle of Rhé is small islands located just of the western coast of France near La Rochelle. Connected to the mainland by a bridge since 1988, this small coastal island is home to around 15,000 residents. Nicknamed a jewel of the Atlantic Coast, this small island and its diversity draw thousands of visitors to its shores each year to enjoy the countryside, beaches, forests, marshes and the slower pace of life. Like most areas of France, food and shopping are part of the charm of the island and plenty of both can be found in the islands many small cities and towns. Outside however, adventures await with hiking trails, biking trails and natural areas including the reserve of Lilleau des Niges and others. Bird lovers, naturalists and those who just enjoy the beauty of nature are never disappointed on this lovely French Island.
Île d’Yeu or the Isle of Yeu is another small island just off the coast of western France in the Pays de la Loire region. A long history and the natural beauty of this island are its major draws today. In the past as well as today, the island have become famous for their lobster and tuna fisheries. Evidence of this long history can still be found on rocks around the island which date back to Neolithic times. Much later, during the 10th century, Monks made their way to the island. This history can still be found in popular sites and attractions all around the island including popular attractions such as the megalithic monuments and the remains of historic structures including castles which remain.
Belle Isle, the last of our islands is found just off the coast of Brittany. Sharp cliffs, grand views, stunning beaches, and protected ecosystems which are quickly disappearing from other areas are just some of what draw thousands to this lovely island. Separated from the mainland thousands of years ago, its seclusion and its beaches make it a popular destination for seasonal visitors from the mainland in addition to others. A long history and much more make this a must see.
From the historic Noirmoutier to the island of Tahiti, visit France’s Islands and find out what you have been missing.
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