The Île aux Moines at Port Blanc!

This is another jewel in my beautiful Morbihan,dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. I like to update this older post and provide you with more info as feel not written enough on it so here I go again. Let me tell you a bit more on the island of Monks oops that is Île aux Moines even thus there are no monks , and sailing there from Port Blanc in the town of Baden.You can see my other posts on Baden in my blog. 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 Île aux Moines.

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A bit of history I like on Port Blanc. 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.

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The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Port Blanc : https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/fiche/port-blanc-baden/

The passeport escale port of call on Port Blanc : https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-blanc-ile-aux-moines/1396-port-blanc-ile-aux-moines-2

The Ïle aux Moines is 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 or about 400 meters at sea! 

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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 km 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, present some ex-votos to Sainte 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.

Of course, the main thing are the beautiful beaches, they have several but the very best is the Grande Plage or big beach. The Grande Plage is located next to the Bois d’Amour and Pointe de Toulindac near the port of Lério (ferry landing stage). My favorite beach site plages tv tells you more: https://www.plages.tv/detail/grande-plage-ile-aux-moines-56780

A bit of history I like on the monks’ island.  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 town temporarily bore the name of Isle-du-Morbihan.

The town of Île aux Moines on heritage : https://www.mairie-ileauxmoines.fr/histoire-patrimoine/

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the Île aux Moineshttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/iles/ile-aux-moines/

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on the Île aux Moineshttps://www.morbihan.com/ile-aux-moines/l-ile-aux-moines/tabid/12565/offreid/220c2c71-08c5-42b5-aab8-48d832e3d686

There you go folks, 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!!!

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