Ile-d'Arz travel guide

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The Ile d'Arz is the second largest island in the Golfe de Morbihan, an inlet on the southern coast of Brittany.

Usually reached by boat from Vannes, the island is small enough to be explored on foot (strictly speaking Arz covers a total of eight islands but apart from the main island most of the others are very small).

Exploring Ile d'Arz

Many of the buildings on the Ile d'Arz are low, traditional Breton whitewashed or stone houses and very picturesque.

There is one unusual attraction on the island - the moulin (mill) that uses the changes in the tides to drive the mill. The mill has now been restored, and you can stroll along the associated dam to see it.

Another notable building here is the small Church of Notre-Dame. The priory associated with the church was built later than the church (in the 18th century) and now houses the town hall.

The 16th century Manor of Kernoel is another building of interest, while at Pointe de Lious you can see a prehistoric dolmen

Ile d'Arz coastal path

Visitors are recommended to allow time to complete one of the marked footpaths on the island (there are two - one that follows around the west coast, the other the eastern side). Allow at least 2-3 hours to complete each walk (the total combined distance right round the island on the coast path is about 17 kilometers).

Since the island is all at very low altitude and the paths are clearly marked there is no problem in following either trail.

Beaches on Ile d'Arz

Both walks pass by a choice beaches although not surprisingly the most easily accessible beaches on Ile d'Arz can become rather busy in the summer. No problem there are a good number of beaches here to choose from!

The island is also well known as a sailing destination, and there is even a sailing school here.

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See more islands of France. You can find more travel ideas in the Morbihan guide and the Brittany guide.

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Address: Ile-d'Arz, Brittany, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.59, longitude -2.801

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Golfe du Morbihan: site of natural beauty
  • Maison rose (Séné): site of natural beauty (4 km)
  • Embouchure - Marle: site of natural beauty (4 km)
  • Presqu'île de Conleau: site of natural beauty (5 km)
  • Embouchure - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau): site of natural beauty (5 km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Anse de Mancel: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Vincin: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Aquarium de Vannes: aquarium (6 km)
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Moulin à marée de Campen: site of natural beauty (6 km)

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