Hidden Gems: An Island Oasis in Western Europe


This week’s hidden gem is an unexpected beach oasis in Western Europe! Discovered by club member Lisa of Travel Loving Family blog, this gem is the perfect little oasis for a beach-loving family. Enjoy a magical day trip to this archipelago on a warm and sunny day.

Any guesses where we are headed??

Our Hidden Gems series will uncover one-of-a-kind places discovered by our readers while traveling or exploring their own city. Whether it’s a beach, park, cafe, family-friendly hotel, hiking trail or other, enjoy these best kept secrets and be sure to add them to your list of places to go!

Glenan Islands

Location: Brittany, France – The Glenan islands are an archipelago a few miles out from Fouesnant, near Concarneau & Benodet. There are a number of boats who can take you there.

Discovered by: Lisa, blogger at Travel Loving Family from the UK, discovered this little oasis while on holiday in Brittany. She wrote in-depth about their visit to the Glenan Islands here.

Why We Love It: It is breathtakingly beautiful! It is honestly like being in the Caribbean, not off the coast of northern France! The Glenan Archipelago is a top place to visit when you’re nearby in Brittany. It’s a brilliant day trip and truly just a stunning place. The white sandy beaches and crystal clear water are perfect for fun family activities.

Why It’s Kid-Friendly: The Glenan Islands are full of secluded beaches to explore, white sand to play in, and crystal clear water to go for a swim. If you have older children or are comfortable with your younger ones in the water with life vests on, you can rent kayaks, just be sure to book in advance. There is also a glass-bottom boat tour you can book that takes you around the islands. Swim, dive, snorkel, kayak, splash or just sunbathe! The options are endless.

Tips & Important Details: Bring plenty of picnic items, refreshments, and beach necessities like sunscreen, umbrellas, and toys. The return boat ride can be 35 euro per adult and 25 euro per child, so be prepared to bring some spending money for this day trip. Also, there are limited catering facilities on the island, so buying food can get expensive. Pack your own!

Cost: FREE! But you’ll need approx 20 euros for the boat over to the Glenan Islands.

Kids are always hungry! Know anywhere to eat nearby?: Take a picnic lunch, as there is only one refreshment bar nearby.

About Lisa: She is a mum to two boys, ages three and six. She currently lives with her husband and sons in Gloucestershire, UK, and dreams of taking a family vacation to Canada one day soon! Follow their adventures on Instagram.

We are continually adding to our list of Hidden Gems, so, if you have a favorite secret spot that we need to know about, please fill out our form and it will be written about for the Bébé Voyage community.

And be sure to let us know how your trip goes if you’re able to make it to this secret location! We love to see where our members go and hear about new and exciting places to travel with bébé. Use the hashtag #bebevoyage on any social media to share your trips or tips with us. Happy travels!

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