Ouessant Island, French Île d’Ouessant, also called Ushant Island, a rocky island, Finistère département, off the western tip of Bretagne, western France. The island, about 5 miles (8 km) long and 2 miles (3 km) wide, has an area of 6 square miles (15 square km). Its lighthouse, the Phare de Créac’h, marks the southern entrance to the English Channel, the northern entrance light being at Land’s End, Cornwall, England. Lampaul, a small port that is the capital of Ouessant, is the chief settlement of the island’s fishermen; its fields, which cover only a fraction of the island, traditionally have been worked by the fishermen’s wives. Today both fishing and agriculture (sheep grazing) are relatively unimportant, as tourism has become the main economic activity of the islanders. A large but indecisive naval action was fought off Ouessant in July 1778 between British and French fleets.
Ouessant, a French island located in the west of Brittany, is often called the “Black Pearl of the Atlantic”. It is a unique and isolated place, offering a wild and beautiful landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world. Spend a few days on this remarkable island for a simply amazing experience.
Direct flights between Brest and Ouessant are operated by Finistair with 11 flights per week throughout the year. In just 18 minutes of flight, you can enjoy stunning views of the sea, the beauty of rocky coasts, steep cliffs and lighthouses that punctuate the landscape.
Upon disembarking on the island, you will be greeted by a peaceful and calm atmosphere that reigns supreme on the island. Here, there are no cars, only bicycles and small tractors to transport goods. Here, the natural landscape of the island, with its vast stretches of moorland, steep rocks and sandy beaches. Hiking trails meander through hills, moors and beaches, offering breathtaking views of the ocean.
If you’re not from the area, you can sample local cuisine, including fresh seafood such as oysters and mussels, as well as local specialties such as kouign-amann, a Breton pastry.
Visit the Créac’h lighthouse, one of the most famous lighthouses in France. Located on a steep cliff, the lighthouse offers stunning ocean views after climbing the narrow and steep stairs to reach the summit and, as a reward, a breathtaking view of the island.
Also discover the fascinating history of the island. Ouessant has been inhabited for more than 5000 years and has a rich maritime tradition. Islanders have long been seasoned fishermen and navigators who have crossed the ocean to explore the world’s coasts. Today, the maritime tradition is still present on the island, with a lively port where fishing boats unload their loads of fresh fish every day.
Another highlight of your stay will be the discovery of local flora and fauna. The island is a protected nature reserve, with a wide variety of unique animal and plant species: seals, migratory birds, wild plants and rare flowers, a real treat for the senses!
Relax and recharge at the end of the day by watching the beautiful sunsets over the sea, listening to the sound of waves and seagulls. Amazing, an unforgettable experience! You won’t be disappointed!
Incredible video from OUESSANT ISLAND