Having been on the Cote de Granite Rose for five weeks and waiting for the perfect day to visit the seven islands off the coast of Perros Gueric, we finally left on a beautiful sunny morning. However, being Brittany, it was raining within fifteen minutes of our departure. When we arrived at the first island, the Ile Rouzic, the view of thousands of Fou de Bassans on the island was spectacular. Part of this rocky island was covered wall to wall with these birds, they were sitting and many flying. The other aquatic bird there was the Puffin, at our arrival they were only swimming, we did not see any on the rocks, so be aware to look in the sea for these after you experience the masses of the other flying birds.
When you book these trips you have the option of a the boat trip alone or an "escale", a stop and climb on the Ile aux Moines. The walk here is anything but easy, unpaved paths with rocks that climb steeply to the lighthouse, where the views are good but not really anything that you could see from land in places like Tregastel or Ploumanach, which are close by car from Perros Gueric.
The boat ride back to Plage Trestarou in Perros Gueric gives one an opportunity to see the "Sentier de Douanes" from the seaside. Again, this is better seen from the landside but there are definitely some interesting aspects here that are unique to the sea view.
If you have limited time in the area, do take this trip, but be prepared for an abrupt change in the weather, still well worth it even in the rain.
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