The south coast and Les Aiguilles de Port-Coton
Exposed to the winds of the open sea, the south coast is wilder. From Pointe des Poulains, at the extreme west of the island, to Pointe du Skeul in the east, sea and wind have sculpted the rock into a multitude of peaks and marine caves. Belle-Ile is actually a schistose plateau extremely sensitive to erosion.
La Pointe des Poulains, a site protected by the French Coastal Protection Agency, is one of the island's best known. It offers an exceptional panoramic view not to be missed. You can access it at low tide and reach the lighthouse that was erected there in 1868. In clear weather, the view stretches over the whole of Quiberon bay and the open sea. The property/museum of the tragedian Sarah Bernhardt, who was particularly fond of this place, can be visited from April to September.
Further to the south, the Grotte de l’Apothicairerie cave is another famous Belle-Ile site. It especially reveals its beauty during the equinox storms, when the waves rise above the cliff and the spray takes on the colours of the rainbow.
Les Aiguilles de Port-Coton, immortalised on several occasions by the painter Claude Monet, along with Lion Rock, Port Goulphar, Port Domois and Pointe de Pouldon, show a jagged and spectacular dimension. From the coastal path that winds along the wild coast, the view is quite simply amazing! The moors dominating the cliffs are a real refuge for many bird species.