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Ile de Sein, Brittany

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The Île de Sein is a French island in the Atlantic Ocean, off Finistère, eight kilometres from the Pointe du Raz (raz meaning "water current"), from which it is separated by the Raz de Sein. Its Breton name is Enez Sun. The island, with its neighbouring islets, forms the commune of Île-de-Sein in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.Lying on the sea routes going south from the English Channel, Sein is well known for the dangers of its waters, the Chaussée de Sein, a vast zone of reefs stretching more than 30 miles from east to west, requiring numerous lighthouses, beacons, and buoys. In the past, it was also known for its wreckers.HistoryThere are two megalithic menhirs on the island, which is treeless.It is mentioned by the Roman geographer Pomponius Mela.The island women once wore the highest headdresses in Brittany, and had a reputation for enticing sailors onto the rocks by witchcraft. Robert Graves says that the island was once home to a conclave of nine virgin priestesses believed to hold magical powers, who might be approached by those who sailed to consult them.
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  • Just above the ocean, the island of Sein is a piece of land preserved. Encounter with itself in the fields of pebbles, encounter with nature on the Moor polished by the winds, meets with the warmth of the Islanders who coexist without way visitors landed on the docks lined with colorful houses. Meeting with a universe preserved technologies that surround us.
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  • No cars! Just walk on 50 ha with most often the sea on each side. The yacht club offers great benefits in kayak or guided tour of the island. Beautiful restoration.
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  • After an hour of crossing at the start of Audierne, scenery assured in this small Breton Island. The calm is to go, no car, just the sound of the seagulls. Ballad backpack (for picnic) along the coastal paths, break on the rocks or behind the walls of dry stones. What happiness.
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