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“Chill out on this beautiful hideaway”
Review of Ile de Batz

Ile de Batz
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Roscoff
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London, United Kingdom
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466 reviews
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“Chill out on this beautiful hideaway”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The day trip to Ile de Batz from Roscoff is a must do if you are in the area. A lot of people do it but as boats are so regular and cheap you can go and come back virtually when yopu like. This time we walked past the flower covered houses above the dramatic coastline to the tropical gardens about 25 minutes walk at the east end of the islands. The gardens are beautiful with lovely walks, viewes out to sea and great for a picnic. I imagine it never gets crowded. the little eclectic cafe outside serves nice food the enormous quiche and croque monsieur looked great but we just had coffee.
The walk back to the 'town' above the port was lovely and it is nice to know that some - if not the best potatoes you will eat come from this island. Sorry to say but better than Jersey Royals - similar primeur pedigree.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Ile de Batz”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This island is quickly reached by short ferry ride--excellent for swimming and cycling and walking around the countryside and older villages.

Visited July 2014
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Studley, Warks UK
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“Magical island to explore for the day”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

A fifteen minute boat crossing at E6.50 each return was excellent value.
Very picturesque entrance to the quay. A half-hour walk eastwards took us to the remains of a chapel, then a further 5 minutes to the magnificent gardens. Either follow the suggested route or roam freely. Very peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
If you're hungry/thirsty though, don't rely on the café being open at lunchtime. It closes from 12.30 to 2.30pm ..... only in France!!
Excellent choice of restaurants back at the quay. But very slow service.
The half-hour walk to the lighthouse is well worth it. If you are able, climb the 198 steps to the top for magnificent views to 50 miles on a clear day

Visited July 2014
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful car free day”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Crossing to the Ile de Batz takes you to a quiet and interesting island. the gardens are excellent and the walks reveal many wonderful views

Visited June 2014
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Island paradise”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The only snag about the north Brittany coast is that the majority of its beaches face north - obviously. Not on the Ile de Batz: the best ones face south and enjoy a balmy microclimate with temperatures at a level one might be expected to find a couple of hundred miles south.
Add to that a vehicle-free environment (apart from tractors) and the pleasure of a gentle boat trip to get there and the Ile de Batz (pronounced 'Ba') is a brilliant away-from-it-all destination. Couple of points to watch: in high season it may be difficult to get into the handful of restaurants while at quiet times you may well find some of them closed completely. Best to take a picnic lunch - available from Ty Pierre bar/restaurant on the waterfront at Roscoff. Also if you have a problem with heights you won't want to attempt the walkway to the low water boarding point for the ferries which stretches out from the back of the old harbour at Roscoff, so check the tide times accordingly - the highest (spring) tides are always around 8 am and 8 pm and offer the greatest window for sailings from the outer harbour. The Ile de Batz produces some of the best early potatoes in France, grown in little more than sand and seaweed. Generally available in the fruit and veg warehouse shop in Rue de Brest, St Pol de Leon.

Visited June 2014
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