A glorious past. The Flower Island is a jewel nestled in the middle of a bosky bosky bower of pink rocks, which the sun's rays set ablaze, and a deep blue sea. Here, the landscape changes from hour to hour according to the mood of the weather lady. Composed of two main islands linked to XVIIIe siècle by a bridge built under the orders of Vauban, surrounded by a dozen islets, this archipelago is constantly animated by the ebb and flow.

A moving landscape of fascinating beauty: it was therefore quite natural that Bréhat was the first natural site to be classified in France in 1907. And its history goes back a long way! In fact, as early as prehistory, the Romans invested in the land of plenty. But Bréhat was founded, like many Breton towns, by a monk, Saint Budoc, in 470. Fleeing the looters ravaging Great Britain, he founded, joined by other brothers, the first Breton monastery. In the middle of XIe siècle, Bréhat comes under the tutelage of the Duchy of Penthièvre and its capital, Lamballe. Fortified in the Middle Ages, it suffered the repercussions of the Wars of Succession of Brittany and the League. Bretons, English and French are fighting over this strategic piece of land. Later, the 15th and XVIe siècles made the archipelago the scene of fierce fighting where first the English and then the Spaniards ravaged the archipelago. The heroic decades of the late 18th century at XIXe siècle, when privateers, but also pirates and smugglers haunted the seas separating England and France, brought a certain renown to the island's sailors, who were then known for their bravery. Captains Corouge, Lambert, Fleur, Burgeon and others remain forever engraved in the memory of the island. It is not surprising that the economy of Brehat has long remained focused on seafaring professions. It reached the peak of its development during the time of the Great Fishery. Today, fishermen run the seas of the world to provide for their families, but they always return home to plant their memories. Although fishing is no longer the livelihood of Brehatins today, many sites bear the memory of this glorious past.

Flower Island. It is no coincidence that Brehat is called the Island of Flowers. Several generations of privateers and sailors have brought back from their adventures around the world all sorts of exotic plants that have easily acclimatized here, thanks to a very favourable microclimate, often bathed in sunshine. A real little paradise of scents and colours, Bréhat offers a miniature garden with a flora composed of mimosas, myrtles, fig trees, almond trees and other eucalyptus trees, lush vegetation pierced by pink rocks. The contrasts are amazingly beautiful. These mark even more the difference between the north and south islands. The first one, tormented with its moors and wild creeks; its coastline torn apart by storms and very violent currents, gives way to many protruding rocks, taking on the appearance of Irish country. The archipelago and the large expanses discovered at low tide are conducive to the reproduction and wintering of a rich avifauna and variée : terns, oystercatchers, curlews and other sandpipers. The laughing and gentle South Island is a Garden of Eden dotted with contemporary villas, small low thatched houses and old stone mansions. Spring is certainly the ideal season to come and dream on this island that so perfectly inspired Matisse, Gauguin and Foujita.

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