Brittany Travel Guide

The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.

Among today's tourists, the most popular souvenir is a half-dozen cans of prized millimisée sardines (they're dated, like wine) from this La Belle-Îloise boutique.

Five miles northwest of Quimper, a first-generation cider maker produces top-notch brews and distilled lambigs.

This homey boutique makes stylish furnishings and tote bags out of recycled sailcloth.

To the modern visitor, the island offers a small but exquisite menu of simple pleasures: walking, cycling, birding, glancing over garden walls to dote on the hydrangeas, eating.

Pick up provisions from this esteemed shop and picnic on the St.-Malo seawall.