Ouessant Lighthouse Brittany

A REMOTE, WINDSWEPT ISLAND OF UTTER MAJESTY AND SHIFTING WEATHER

We’ve travelled to Brittany France more times than I can remember but knowledge of the island of Ouessant has escaped us; read on to find out all there is to know about this wonderful island off the coast of Brittany.

The name of the westernmost part of France, Finistère translates to the “end of the earth;” so does the region’s Breton name, Penn ar Bed. To set foot in Finistère—the department that includes the port city of Brest, dozens of small villages dotting the rugged coastline and a series of islands in the Celtic Sea—is to understand the gravity of these translations. No place in the region conveys “end of the earth” quite like the furthest of those islands, Ouessant (Ushant in Breton), which embodies the windswept spirit of Brittany. It’s remote and charming and its defining attraction—several stunning lighthouses, of which one is a museum—alludes to the magic one finds there.

This isn’t like Belle-Île-en-Mer, a Breton island of splendor some 200 kilometers southeast. Ouessant is tinier (no car needed, rent a bicycle or hike instead) and even more wild, with few trees and a blanket of fragrant, low-lying vegetation. Serenity sails in on the breeze. In fact, one must pay attention to weather patterns before planning a trip (our experience saw sunlight in the morning with midday rain and some clarity toward the late afternoon). For the adventurous, Ouessant is accessible by ferry from the historic mainland town of Le Conquet (a worthy stop itself, with a crêperie—Louise de Bretagne—among the best in France) that’s six hours by car from Paris. The island also maintains a small airport for those looking for easier entry. Regardless of how you get there, our suggestions below tap into the island’s entrancing energy.

Read the complete article and see more spectacular photos by clicking on this link to the original article on Cool Hunting

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