Belle-Île, the largest of the Breton islands, is an idyllic place off Quiberon, alternating jagged cliffs and some 50 tranquil beaches, including Bordardoué and Les Grands Sables. Its main port, Le Palais, with its lively patios and market, is especially charming. This island pearl leaves no one indifferent, including Claude Monet, who painted here, and Sarah Bernhardt, whose property, set on the edge the Pointe des Poulains, is open to the public.
In the Gulf of Morbihan, the Île-aux-Moines is the gateway to 42 islands scattered over an inland sea. Its authentic fishermen's houses, pretty Bois d'Amour, and valleys covered in heather benefit from a mild climate all year. You can rent bikes at the dock in Port-Blanc, which connects Île-aux-Moines year round to the mainland. This is by far the best way to discover its picturesque nooks and crannies at your own pace, and in complete freedom.