Ile de Batz

Ile de Batz, Roscoff: Address, Phone Number, Ile de Batz Reviews: 4.5/5

Ile de Batz
4.5
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mamgoz69
Pliezhausen, Germany306 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Definitely worth a trip!! This island is charming and the coastline is amazing… the tracks are good for kids, maybe from time to time challenging with a stroller.
Lots of rest area where you could have a lunch in the nature. Some restaurants are available, but way too little for so many tourists (or be clever at what time you want to eat!) particularly during Summer.
Written August 16, 2021
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wwhog
Canada9 contributions
My wife and I went to Ile de Batz to run the Half Marathon, which takes you twice around the island. The island is very small, which makes it great for walking or cycling. There are some very beautiful views all around and some very nice beaches. Things we really like include the Jardin Delaselle which is gorgeous, we ate twice at the Creperie "La Cassonade" where the owners are super nice and the food is exquisite, we stayed at the Hotel Roch Ar Mor right on the marina, where, again, the owners are super nice and the rooms are clean. The food is good too. So in a nutshell, great food, decent lodging (don't go for luxury), beautiful vistas and the obvious island feel.
Written July 24, 2009
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Florence H
Burnham-On-Sea, UK66 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We travelled on a day trip from Roscoff from the old harbour to the Île de Batz (pronounced ‘ba’). You can park for free at the Roscoff train station, which is about ten-fifteen minutes' walk from the old harbour. In August, the cark park is full early in the morning, but not so busy at other times of the year.

There are vedettes (small boats) travelling on average every half an hour, starting from 8am. The trip to the Ile takes about 15 minutes. (cost is about £9 per adult and £4.50 for under 12s).

Once you are there, you can hire bikes starting from one hour to all day. There are several places to hire bikes, the first one is very close to the harbour where you disembark. You can find another one by the church, if they have run out of bikes by the harbour. The island is easy to cycle around, as there are very little traffic (mainly the odd tractor and delivery van). It is also relatively flat with a few hills here and there.

Near the harbour, you will also find the tourist office, where you can get a free map of the island (very useful).

Once you have your bike, (useful to ask for a basket to carry your bags-picnic), you are free to explore the beautiful island to your heart content.

There are few trees on the island, but there are numerous little beautiful coves and beaches, leisurely walks and great views from the top of the lighthouse

There are a few places to eat there, such as restaurants or creperies, but they get quite full quickly. It is a good idea to bring a picnic, as there is only one small shop, where to buy food (which is expensive).

At the wild western tip of Batz is the Trou du Serpent (snake’s hole). The name refers to the place, where, according to legend, St Pol cast a dragon, which was terrorising the island, into the sea. Stop and eat your picnic if you dare!

All in all, we spent a lovely day, exploring every corner.
Written August 16, 2016
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Jannerbloke
Devon, UK11,587 contributions
Apr 2011 • Couples
We have slipped by the island many dozens of time on the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff. This year having got back to Roscoff a bit early we decided that there was a better way than idly killing time in one of the same old Roscoff cafes. We took the short pedestrian ferry and walked around the pale sandy beaches, along the uncluttered lanes and through the scattered communities. It is peaceful friendly and well worth the trip over.
Written October 25, 2011
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Chris R
Taunton, UK12 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
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.
Written July 1, 2014
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divariva50
viveiro49 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Unspoiled! Attractive rugged coastline which takes about 4 hrs to circumnavigate at a leisurely pace. Stop off at the Village tabac for a beer in the sun! Ferries run every hour to and from Roscoff town, about a ten minute crossing, 9€ pp return, good value. If your very adventurous and a keen photographer, get to the lighthouse and climb to the viewing rail, stunnung panarama. 2.5€ pp, again excellent value.
Written May 11, 2015
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ScottandLinda
Argyll, Scotland33 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
The ferry trip from the main harbour in Roscoff is 8 Euros return and takes about 15 mins. Good service and there was no waiting required.
The two main attractions are the round island walk, which will take you 2-3 hours, and the Jardin Exotique, which has a 4 euro entry fee.
We had looked forward to eating in the creperie near the lighthouse, but it was closed.
The new restaurant near the harbour was a disappointment with poor service and limited choice of mediocre food.
Written October 26, 2012
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JJBLantic_France
Lantic, France124 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
A very nice place to discover with so many things to see on such a little island
From old houses to light house and of course the fantastic garden offering a panorama of plants of all over the world
Written July 11, 2018
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Cornwall First
Cornwall, England79 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Absolutely recommend visiting Ile de Batz whilst in Roscoff. Ferries run regularly from the end of the long pier and a return ticket is 9 Euros. We hired bicycles and we wouldn't have seen as much of the island without them. It's a delightful place, the western end faces the Atlantic and is wild and rocky, the sheltered beaches are towards the eastern end with lovely cafe/creperies in between. The botanical gardens are very relaxing, but not as fascinating as the botanical gardens in Roscoff by the ferry terminal, which is full of exotic plants. We were very lucky, the weather was superb which made our visit, an early arrival with the island appearing out of the sea mist and then brilliant sunshine as we explored the footpaths. Lovely place remarkably un-touristy.
Written April 25, 2018
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dianewailes
London182 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Having tried and failed to get on a late morning ferry (the queue was 1 hour+ to get onto the boat) we decided to wait until the following day and catch the 8.00am ferry. No queues and the island was lovely and quiet when we arrived. On the downside, we couldn't find anywhere for breakfast.
Very nice beaches and a good walk to the lighthouse so we were pleased we'd made the trip. The €9 return fare seemed very reasonable.
Written August 12, 2017
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