Also spelt as Ushant, this English Channel Island is considered to be part of Brittany. It is famous for three things:
- Its maritime history.
- The Creac’h Lighthouse, which is said to be the most powerful in the world (with a reach of 80 miles), as well as 5 other lighthouses.
- The 600 black sheep.
50000 ships pass this island every year; that’s why it’s considered to be the spot of entrance into the English Channel. The island can initially appear surprisingly barren, and it is certainly wild. There are lots of roads and paths to walk here – these alone attract 10000 visitors every year. Other highlights of the island are:
- The Musee des Phares et Balises (Museum of Lighthouses and Buoys).
- The village Lampaul, with a population of 900. It has a cemetery containing the graves of many unknown sailors who lost their lives in these waters. The village also has the island’s best beaches.
- The amusing Stiff Lighthouse.
- Church of Saint-Pol Aurélien at Lampaul.
- The 400 species of bird that frequent the island.
There are multiple accommodation options, so feel free to sleep over.
- One of the best ways to get around the island is to hire a bicycle.
- Cycles are not allowed on the coastal paths.
To get to Ouessant:
- Take the 8:30am Penn Ar Bed boat for EUR20 return trip.
- Take the 8.30am and 4.45pm flight with Finist'Air from Brest's Guipavas airport for EUR 60. 15 minutes flight.
- Buses run between Lampaul and the port to the east of the island.
- Hire a cycle.
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8.38% of people who visit Brest include Ouessant in their plan
50% of people start their Ouessant visit around 12 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Ouessant
95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Ouessant