The South Brittany Islands are full of wonders specific to this region of France. Belle-Ile-en-Mer, the Glénan archipelago and the island of Houat are just some of the recreational areas that attract boaters by the thousands each year. A special kind of marine mysticism permeates the atmosphere of this region of exceptional beauty and wilderness.
Let us take you on a tour of these mythical islands through the most beautiful anchorages in the region. With more than 200 anchorages, 600 comments and 500 photos, the Brittany Islands are a well referenced sailing destination on Navily. A goldmine of valuable information fueled by the experience of thousands of boaters, which we present to you in this Top 5 of the best anchorages in the Brittany Islands!
Rade de Houat: Animated atmosphere in this exceptional anchorage.
Nested in between the ruins of the old port of Houat and Pointe d’En Tal lies this exceptional anchorage of the island of Houat. Protected from the North to the Southwest by the West, the anchorage is a popular stopping point for boaters in the region. Large sandbanks spread out in the shallow waters of the Rade de Houat, where you will anchor with ease.
From your boat, you can admire the picturesque green plateau that covers the Island. The magnificent white sand beach of Tréac’h er Gourèd, easily accessible by dinghy, is one of the main attractions of this exceptional setting.
On the island, many tourist activities are waiting for you. From ancient ruins, to restaurants and shops in the city, and a bike tour of the wild greenlands, there is no shortage of options to fully enjoy this unique place.
Calmer in low season, the anchorage is very popular in July and August. However, the space over which the anchorage area extends, can comfortably accommodate a large number of boaters.
In the warmth of summer evenings, glowing lights illuminate the Rock of Er Yoc’h sitting in the middle of the anchorage. A picturesque and unique landscape, reminder of the pronounced mysticism that inhabits the Brittany Islands. A destination of choice not to be missed!
“Absolutely stunning anchorage. Water is crystal clear and holding is excellent. Access to the beach is easy through the buoyed channel. There is a restaurant, a few beach kiosks (which are pretty expensive) and lots of naked people!”
Sébastien on largo ii -sailboat – 9.3 meters
La Pie: A wild paradise in the middle of nowhere
Between the island of Saint Nicolas and the island of Bananec, the anchorage extends over long sandbanks that are typical of the shallow waters of the Glénan archipelago. The anchorage is fairly exposed from West to the East by North, and can get rolly in bad weather. Otherwise, you will have no trouble securing your anchor in the sand of these shallow waters, or by tying your boat to one of the 32 buoys available.
The island, natural and unspoiled, is the perfect starting point for a day in the sun where you will enjoy an incredible feeling of freedom. It is a small green land highlighted by white sandy coastlines. In addition, this small piece of lost land is bordered by waters of multiple colors: sometimes translucent and sometimes deep blue, they are unique and a beauty to contemplate.
Port aux Anglais : The solitary semaphore.
On the island of Penfret, still in the Glénan archipelago, lies the famous anchorage of Port aux Anglais. Protected from Northwest to Southwest winds by the West, it is an ideal place to take shelter on the outskirts of the island.
You will anchor without any issue, as long as you are among the first to arrive. Mud and algae will be your alternative if this is not the case. Be aware, it is recommended to put a good length of chain in the relatively deep seabed of the anchorage.
Port aux Anglais is appreciated for its exclusive access to the island and its small white sand beach which attracts many visitors every season. The island that once served as a military outpost, is wild and uninhabited. In fact, only its lighthouse and the semaphore bear witness of human activity.
Facing the small rock of Castel Raet, the anchorage offers an outstanding view on the wild island. A typical postcard landscape of the Brittany Islands that boaters would not miss for the world! A place to definitely keep in mind while cruising in the region.
“Very nice anchorage with funds of 2m at low tide. Even with the wind that turned ne 6n at the end of the night. Be careful all the same to the rise of sand between penfret and castel raet.”
Gilles on sine die | sailboat — 12.04 m
Well rated anchorage nearby: Anse du Phare
Port Kerel: Rocky paradise in the South of Belle-Ile
Located South of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, in a protected cove, Port Kerel is one of the best rated anchorages of the island on Navily. Protected from northerlies and southerlies, it is sheltered by the Pointe de Bornor and benefits from its optimal protection from wind and swell. You will anchor easily in the shallow waters of the bay.
The wild landscape of the steep coastline, with typical Belle-Ile-en-Mer colors, will give you an unparalleled feeling of escape. Black and white rock formations hardened by time and erosion stretch across the coast.
In addition, the small sandy beach of Kerel is easily accessible and will offer you a well-deserved resting point for the day.
The island of Bangor, from where you can take exceptional shots of this breathtaking landscape, is also easily accessible from the anchorage. Total disconnection in a unique wild setting, this is what this extraordinary place will has to offer.
“Very nice anchorage in a beautiful place. Beware of the total absence of gsm network (no internet or phones) no radio fm no tv. Freedom and isolation in a pure state.”
Sylvain on princesse eywa | sailboat — 9.76 m
Port Guen: Wild atmosphere and feeling of pure liberty
The anchorage of Port Guen is a lesser known destination located in the North of Belle-Ile-en-Mer. Fairly protected from north-westerly to south-westerly winds, you will drop your anchor with ease in the sandy bottom of the shallow waters bordering the coastline.
It is one of the few well-rated anchorages on this part of the island, stressing out its uniqueness. Indeed, it is appreciated for its wild setting and its convenient access to the Port du Palais. The main port of the island offers all the amenities for a comfortable stopover.
A small sandy beach stretches between the steep rocky shore of the anchorage. Between greenery, sand and rock, the setting is ideal for a peaceful stopover despite the popularity of the Island in high season.
On dry land, all you have to do is follow the small beaten path to find yourself in 10 minutes at Fort Larron and its magnificent fountain (recommended by one of our users). Walk a good fifteen more minutes and you will arrive at Port du Palais, with exclusive access to the many amenities of the bustling little town.
“Mooring a little roller by nw swell. Very accessible beach the city center is 2.4 km by the path. Visit the beautiful fountain by the trail 10 minutes next to fort larron.”
Jean paul on tertlle bay | sailboat — 12.99 m
This wraps up our lit of the best destination anchorages in Brittany Islands. We hope it will inspire you for your next boat trip! Don’t hesitate to share your favorite destinations with us! If you want to know more about the best sailing places in France, check our article about the best anchorages on the french riviera.
Fair Winds Captains,