Île aux Moines at Port Blanc!

And so back to my lovely Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh. This is another jewel in my department 56 of Morbihan, been there but feel not written enough on it so here I go again. We have sunshine but cool 16C today in my neck of the woods another nice day in Bretagne!

Let me tell you a bit more on the island of Monks oops that is ïle aux Moines even thus there are no monks , and sailing there from Port Blanc in the town of Baden.

We go by car to Port-Blanc a village part of the town of Baden, and this is the boarding point by boat to the ïle aux Moines.


A bit of history I like here is that since the end of the 19C, it has been the site of a pier for Île-aux-Moines. The village occupies the tip of a point advancing in the Gulf of Morbihan and less than 400 meters from the Ïle aux Moines. The Port-Blanc passenger port handles most of the passenger traffic with Île-aux-Moines. The marina is grouped with that of Île-aux-Moines. The group offers 416 berths, including 120 pontoons and two launching stalls.


The gulf of Morbihan tourist webpage has some info on Port Blanc here: Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the Port Blanc

Port of Call webpage on the harbor at Port Blanc

The Ïle aux Moines is located in the department 56 of Morbihan in the region of Bretagne. It consists of Île aux Moines, the largest island in the Gulf of Morbihan, Creizic Island, the island of Holavre, and the two islands of Brouël. It is 7 km long and 3.5 km wide with an area of ​​310 ha. Its shape is that of a cross and no point of the island is located more than 450 m from the sea. It can be reached in five minutes from Port-Blanc, Baden or about 400 meters at sea! I have here just for a sunset and back very briefly, I need to come more I am sure lol!


A bit of history I like

In 854, the king of Brittany Erispoë donated it to the abbey of Saint-Sauveur de Redon (created by his father, Nominoë).  After the Norman invasions of the 10C, the island is attached to the parish of Arradon. In 1543 she was elevated to parish status. In 1792, it became a town under the French name Isle-aux-Moines. During the French revolution, the municipality temporarily bore the name of Isle-du-Morbihan.

Some of the things to see here are typical of the island and the Morbihan in general. Several megalithic vestiges (dolmens and cromlech in particular) remain on the southern point: the Kergenan Cromlech, in the middle of the island, with a radius of more than 70 meters is one of the largest in Europe, the dolmen of Penhap, located in the south 5 kilometers of the borough, is the best preserved of the island.

There are some crucifixes at the points of Trec’h, Brouël and Toulindac (Bois d’Amour) as well as in Penhap and Croix de Kerno.The Saint-Michel Church, located at the exit of the village in the direction to the north, present some ex-votos to Saint Anne. The Chapel Notre-Dame d’Esperance  19C, in the rue de la Mairie, also the Chapelle Sainte-Anne  17C in the bay of Guéric.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Ile aux Moines on heritage

Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the Ile aux Moines

Official dept 56 Morbihan tourist office on the Ile aux Moines

There you go another jewel in the islands of the gulf of Morbihan just south of me, heaven on earth indeed! You ought to yourselves to check it out the Morbihan! Hope you have enjoy the introduction the ïle aux Moines and Port Blanc!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



2 Comments to “Île aux Moines at Port Blanc!”

  1. It sounds like a lovely place to visit and all that history and pre-history is always so fascinating. Thanks for sharing. 👍

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