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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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  • 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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  • "Small piece of land on the Ocean..." So fragile but so tough"this sentence struck me and is so close to reality! No bike, no car, heaven on Earth, simply! We stayed 3 nights and 4 days, we were really good, rested, serene... We slept at the inhabitant, the Lady and her family was really friendly, very nice, it gives the boom at the heart. And that's clearly what we have felt all over the island... We saw the mail carrier, adorable, she talked a few moments, presented the cats on the island... It was superb! For more comfort, plan enough cash (no breast distributors) and please, do not move rocks, pebbles, do not walk the or it is forbidden to walk... The island of Sein is perhaps resistant, but if we don't respect it, it won't be nothing! Kenavo
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  • Must know better than out of the tourist season, it is almost impossible to eat on the island! Only one restaurant open (minimum €40 per person!) and a bar offering sandwiches (Fortunately for that matter!). The island is nice to walk offering fine points of view into the wind. We were fortunate to have the Sun and more. In November the island is almost empty and therefore it's also nice to meet alone in love! If you go Monday in November, think about your picnic ;-)
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