The little-known French island near the UK – with 60 beaches, Mediterranean-style climate & turquoise waters | The Sun

WHEN it comes to islands in France, most people think of Corsica, being the largest one.

However, Brits may not have heard of another island – which has beautiful beaches as well as fantastic weather.

Belle-île is the largest of the Breton islands, and is known for the multi-coloured houses lining the streets.

There are two ports on the island – Palais and Sauzon – which are both found on the north of the island.

Belle-île, which translates to "beautiful isle at Sea," was taken over by British troops back in 1761, although was returned to France in 1763.

Around 5,300 people live on the island, with the summer being the busiest season for tourists where numbers can reach 35,000.

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The temperature only goes as low as 10C in the winter and can reach 21C in the summer.

Due to its location, it has much milder winters than mainland France, and much less rain too.

It has nearly 60 beaches, many of which have bright turquoise waters and white sand.

The largest beach is Plage des Grands Sables, found in the northeast, and as 1.5km of sand.

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Many tourists who visit attempt the coastal path that goes around the entire island, taking at least a week to complete, although you can rent a bike too.

Popular attractions include the Belle-île Museum of Art and History, as well as the Vauban Citadel.

However, it is also home to one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe, Le Grand Phare, with amazing views after the 247 steps.

The island has even inspired famous artists Monet and Henri Matisse.

The best way to get to Belle-île is by a 45-minute ferry from Quiberon in Brittany, although other ports such as Vannes and Lorient offer ferries during peak season.

If you fancy elsewhere in Europe, an island in Greece is said to be better than Mykonos.

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