Destination: France: Belle-Île
Belle-Île, an island off the coast of Brittany, may well be one of France’s best-kept secrets. Its beautiful landscapes have drawn artists for centuries and visitors today seek out the place’s authentic and laid-back atmosphere. “We have a relationship with time that is different from that on the Continent,” says one resident artist. “If you spend two hours or two days doing something, it doesn’t matter.”
In this report: boutique hotels under Where to Stay and authentic restaurants under Where to Eat. Plus, what sights, galleries and shops not to miss under What to See & Do and strategies for Getting There.
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SLEEP…in the stylish rooms of a boutique hotel that’s housed in a restored fort.
EAT…delicious local cuisine in the most authentic spots in Sauzon and Le Palais
SAVOR…such artisanal products as the chocolate at La Palantinen
DRIVE…through the island’s gorgeous landscapes and end up at Les Rochers de Belle-Île that inspired Monet’s eponymous painting
VISIT…some of the many artist’s ateliers that are open to the public
SEE…the Sarah Bernhardt Museum located in La Pointe des Poulains
KNOW…which beaches to visit
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