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The Quiberon peninsula is exceptional. It is very nearly an island, with only a few metres of silt and sand keeping it attached to the mainland. The most notable feature of this isthmus of land is its magnificent natural coastline, going from a strip of sand to a ridge of battered rocks and tall steep cliffs, caves and boulders, with little ports to discover on the east side.

One visit here is the Penthièvre Fort (1841), which sits at the entrance to this spit of land, which it was built to defend. The ‘wild’ western coastline is truly spectacular, its shores often battered by strong winds and foamy waves, the domain of sea birds, and with a sole little port, Portivy. The ocean has sculpted sheer cliffs here, sharp and steep, leaving rock forms that are striking to behold, but there are virtually no beaches, only remote and deserted little inlets.

A drive along the coastal road is simply magical, and an eye-opener to the sheer power of the Atlantic Ocean, which fluctuates from deep blue to grey-green in colour. The other side of the peninsula, the east, is more the domain of man, an inhabited and sheltered coastline offering beautiful beaches.

Quiberon is the embarkation point for boat trips out to Belle-Ile, the largest Breton island and deserving of its name meaning ‘beautiful isle’. Boats arrive into Le Palais, with its majestic citadel. This large island offers numerous sightseeing opportunities, a notable one being the charming little harbour of Sauzon, very picturesque and emblematic of southern Brittany. There are some lovely walks to be had along the 100km of footpaths, and some superb beaches to enjoy, such as Porh Donnant.

Back in Quiberon, don’t miss a visit to the Maison du Patrimoine, which tells the history of this former sardine port. Also the standing stone alignments of Saint-Pierre, the Goulvars menhir – which is over 5 metres tall and sits near to the remains of a Gallic village – and the Gonguel menhir, from Neolithic times. And why not also spend a day at the thalassotherapy centre?