Photo of French islands

There are numerous islands around the coast of France that you can explore as you tour the country, with the most popular to be found around Brittany, along the coast of Charente-Maritime and along the coast of the Mediterranean.

Note: here we are visiting the small islands around the coast of France only: we have a separate section for Corsica, the beautiful island in the Mediterranean to the south of Nice, and we do not include the DOM-TOM islands such as La Réunion, Guadelope and Martinique


Belle Ile

Belle Ile (Morbihan)

Belle-Ile is the largest of the Brittany islands and has lovely coastline and pretty villages to enjoy exploring

See Belle Ile guide
Ile aux Moines

Ile aux Moines (Morbihan)

In the Morbihan Gulf, the Ile-aux-Moines is also very easy to reach - very enjoyable to spend a day exploring but you might not be on your own!

See Ile aux Moines guide
Ile Brehat

Ile Brehat (Cotes-d'Armor)

The views and landscapes of the small island of Ile-Bréhat can be explored on foot or by bike; a lovely escape from the crowds

See Ile Brehat guide
Ile de Groix

Ile de Groix (Morbihan)

With a popular beach, lovely traditional cottages and scenic villages the Ile-de-Groix is one of our favourite Brittany islands

See Ile de Groix guide
Ile de Houat

Ile de Houat (Morbihan)

We particularly recommend you walk the coast path around the small island of Ile-de-Houat

See Ile de Houat guide
Ile Molene and Ouessant

Ile Molene and Ouessant (Finistere)

The remote and barren landscapes of the Molene islands are fascinating and now a listed World Biosphere Reserve

See Ile Molene and Ouessant guide

Ile-de-Batz (Finistere)

The Ile-de-Batz is one of the most popular Brittany islands, with a pretty harbour, beaches, semi-tropical gardens and scenic coastline to enjoy

See Ile-de-Batz guide

Ile-d'Arz (Morbihan)

The beaches and scenery along the coastal footpath combine to make the Ile d'Arz, in the Morbihan Gulf, very popular with visitors

See Ile-d'Arz guide
Iles des Glenan

Iles des Glenan (Finistere)

The uninhabited islands of the Glenan archipelago are now a popular nature reserve and diving centre

See Iles des Glenan guide



Iles-Sanguinaires (Corse-du-Sud)

The Iles-Sanguinaires and the Parata peninsula are a Grand Site of France west of Ajaccio

See Iles-Sanguinaires guide

Pays de la Loire

Ile d'Yeu

Ile d'Yeu (Vendee)

Explore the Ile d'Yeu on foot or by bike to see scenic coastline, beaches and a medieval castle

See Ile d'Yeu guide


Ile de Re

Ile de Re (Charente-Maritime)

The Ile-de-Ré is an island with lots of sandy beaches and some attractive villages. Much loved by cycling families!

See Ile de Re guide
Ile d'Oleron

Ile d'Oleron (Charente-Maritime)

It is usually the beaches that attract visitors to Ile d'Oleron, but allow time to explore the towns as well!

See Ile d'Oleron guide

Ile-d'Aix (Charente-Maritime)

Ile d'Aix is a small island, explored on foot or by bike, known for its association with Napoleon

See Ile-d'Aix guide


Ile Saint-Honorat

Ile Saint-Honorat (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Ile Saint-Honorat, one of the Iles de Lerins south of Cannes, is best known for its abbey and fortress

See Ile Saint-Honorat guide
Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Ile Sainte-Marguerite (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Ile Sainte-Marguerite is one of the Iles de Lérins on the Cote d'Azur and has a large fort with views of Cannes

See Ile Sainte-Marguerite guide
Iles de Lérins

Iles de Lérins (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Iles de Lérins is a peaceful group of islands to the south of Cannes

See Iles de Lérins guide
Iles d'Hyeres

Iles d'Hyeres (Var)

The Iles de Hyeres, off the Riviera coast, are perhaps the most beautiful coastal islands anywhere in France

See Iles d'Hyeres guide

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