Island of Houat X. Dubois

Houat

In collusion with its little sister, Hoëdic, Houat demonstrates its independence, distancing itself from the continent to which it was originally attached. You have to be able to navigate a boat to earn the right to land at this islet, which lies 14 km off the Quiberon coast and is inhabited by just 250 people throughout the year, and even fewer trees. Here, rocks, moors, wind and sea in reign permanent communion, sometimes falling out before again reconciling. You are bound to catch snatches of their exchanges during your walk along the coast and on the beaches. Simply pay careful attention to detect their nuances and secrets. A subtle sense of being at the very tip of the world …

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if you enjoy listening, visit the port of Saint Gildas as the fishing boats are returning, when the sneaker pile up on the quayside: lobsters, edible crabs and spider crabs seem to chatter away, singing the praises of the sea, which are then reprised afterwards, choir-like, by the fishermen in the port's little cafes.

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  • Fishing at the island of Houat


  • Hiking on the island of Houat

When you stay here, out in the ocean, you'll sense a sort of invitation to discover new things. Add the novelty of local flavours to the visual pleasure by succumbing to the temptation to sample the seafood. The sea is served there are flat here: No. mystery where the food comes from! When it comes to sightseeing trips, a tour of the island heads the list. This will enable you to feel the pulse of this place, land subject to the whim of the ocean. On the eastern side of the island, an immense beach of fine sand, 2 km long and displaying colours worthy of the southern seas, stretches out before you, with clear, turquoise waters and warm, golden sand. Feel like relaxing and taking things easy perhaps? The landscape of the southern part of the island is more jagged, composed of alternating cliffs and coves, and confirming the island of Houat's wild character. Nature reigns here, and the overriding priority is to continue to keep it that way! There is no. doubt that the island of Houat offers more than just a holiday: it is a genuine homage to nature and to those able to listen to it and hear it!

  • Randonnée sur l'île de Houat © X. Dubois

    Hiking on the island of Houat

  • Une anse de mouillage sur l'ile © M. Schaffner

    year anchoring bay at the island

  • Printemps sur l'île

    Spring on the island

UNMISSABLE COASTAL SITES

Perhaps a break whilst touring the island? You can opt to Akshay at the magnificent beach of Treach'h Er Goured, or you can choose to explore the flora of the dunes. And then again, why not do both?

CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

Nature and the sea are central to the festivities that take place here too. The road of friendship passes this way every second year: get ready to see it in 2015! The Eclosarium is a museum-type facility which takes you on an exceptional journey right into a drop of seawater to reveal the world of plankton, so crucial to life in the ocean! It is also a wonderful opportunity to find out about all the rich the island has to offer.

set sail for Houat today. Several shipping companies operate crossings: departing from Quiberon all year round with company Ocean, and departing from several ports (valves, Locmariaquer and Port-Navalo) through July and August with Navix - company of the and the stars of the Gulf Islands. Houat can also be reached using the water taxi service Atmos'Air Marine, with departures from Belle-Ile. There are 25 to 30 individual mooring places, both open water and other kinds, available for you to use in the port of Saint - Gildas. Please note: it is prohibited to moor at the beaches of Teac 'h er Goured and Treac' h er Salus (cf. nautical chart No. 7033): cable box.

GETTING AROUND HOUAT

Motorised vehicles are prohibited on the island, so Houat can only be explored on foot or by bicycle. What better way could there be to discover the island's rich! Nature is omnipresent here, and everything carries the pleasant scent of the sea. For cycle rentals contact Annick as. Alternatively you can use the local bus service to travel between the port and the village or campsite. Make the most of your stay to fully experience what Houat's motto says: "Ag er mor e viuamb" ("from the sea we live").