47 Islands to Explore in France

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Islands to Explore in France

Archipel des Sanguinaires

The Sanguinaires archipelago consists of four islets of dark red porphyry at the entrance to the Gulf of Ajaccio. They are called Mezu Mare, Cormoran , Cala d'Alga and Porri. To this must be added the bare rock U Sbiru located between the island of Porri and the island of Cormorants, and 13 m high. The Sanguinaires Islands lighthouse, dating from 1870, is built on the highest point of the Grande Sanguinaire. One of the nice location where you can spend some nice time in the middle of natural b


The Bravona is a small French coastal river that flows in Haute-Corse and empties into the Tyrrhenian Sea. The lighthouse is still active and is fully automated and controlled by the Marine Nationale in Bastia. It was one of a series of coastal defenses constructed by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to protect against attacks by Barbary pirates.


A beautiful island located in Brittany which is famous for its sandy beach that was facing Saint-Malo. It is an ideal place for so many water adventure activities and also the island is uninhabited but there are some remains of the buildings of the older times. One of the nice place which was calm and quiet where you can spend some nice time enjoying the beach and natural beauty.

Chissioua Bambo

Chissioua Bambo is an islet in Mayotte. It is the second island in the east of Mayotte the most frequented by tourists, after the Bandrélé islet. The vegetation of the two islands is considered degraded, but the islet nevertheless harbors several rare animal species and constitutes an important resting site for seabirds. This island is part of the Mayotte Marine Natural Park and is protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral.

Chissioua Mtsamboro

Chissioua Mtsamboro, widely known previously as Zamburu Island is a beautiful island which was about 3 miles off the northwest coast of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean in the Comoros archipelago. It is a mountainous island covering 2 square kilometers, providing shelter to the main stretch of beach, tucked away in the southwest of the island which contains the main settlement and numerous huts dotted along the beach.

Désert des Agriates

The desert of Agriates or the Agriates is a territory of Corsica shared between the micro-regions of Balagne 1 to the west and Nebbio. The only inhabited place of Les Agriates is the scattered hamlet of Casta . Some tourist guides present it as the only desert in Western Europe. This wild and untamed little desert sums up the beauty of Corsica. There are among the most beautiful beaches on the island, incredible scenery, and a preserved scrubland.

Devil's Island

Devil's Island is the third-largest island of the Salvation's Islands, an island group in the Atlantic Ocean. Devil's Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus. The islands are mostly overgrown jungle which is slowly covering the remnants of an infamous French penal colony — where over 60,000 men were incarcerated and less than 2,000 survived.

Frioul archipelago

The Frioul archipelago is a group of four islands and a conservative area located off the Mediterranean coast of France. The islands have Calanques, and impressive beaches and cliffs.


A beautiful, small and impressive island which was home to Brittany’s most impressive Neolithic site. It is about 5500 years old, it is 60 metres in diameter and covers a passage and chamber which is lined with elaborately engraved stones. The island can be accessed from the nearby Larmor-Baden by boat. In order to protect the monument and avoid scratching the stones, cameras are not allowing inside the cairn.

Glénan Islands

The Îles de Glénan is an archipelago of islands about 16 kilometers and it is only accessible in the summer season. There are a sailing and diving school located there. This is a popular tourist destination and this island is powered by a combined power plant. It is difficult to stay on the islands overnight, as there is no hotel, and camping is not allowed.

Grand Bé

One of the small and beautiful islands in Bri8tanny. It was least used and was largely destroyed during World War II, and was not rebuilt. Today it is best known as the location of the tomb of one of St-Malo's favorite sons, the romantic writer/diplomat/soldier François-René de Chateaubriand. At low tide, the island can be reached on foot from the nearby Bon-Secours beach. On the island are the remains of an ancient fort.


A beautiful island that was quite frail and fragile out in the Atlantic Ocean. It has a beautiful beach which was decorated with fine white sands and also it is a natural habitat for marine animals. There are also remains of the old fortifications and you can find out so many examples of the historical architecture from here. It is one of the ideal places to spend a vacation by enjoying the beach and these serene surroundings.


The islands of Houat and Hoëdic are the perfect places to get away from it all. Houat, the larger island, has sweeping sandy beaches and a network of footpaths while its smaller sister, Hoëdic, boasts a network of coves, a fort, and some Neolithic sites. The island is mostly granite cliffs except for a long beach lined with dunes on the eastern coast.

île aux Oiseaux

L' île aux Oiseaux is a small island located in the French commune of La Teste-de-Buch in the center of the Arcachon basin. The island was once used by the inhabitants of the basin as a grazing place for the herds of cows and then horses. Since the beginning of the xx th century, there are regular excursion boat from Arcachon and Cap Ferret . Some boaters also go there. It is a natural site classified since a decree of Aug 21, 2008.

île Callot

One of the beautiful island in the heart of Brittany which was populated by many Callotins. At the turn of the century, farming, fishing, and collecting seaweed were the main activities. The island was Mainly made up of small coves, dunes, gorse, fields, and pastures. It can be accessible on foot or by car at low tide. One of the beautiful tourist attractions which were flourished with natural beauty and it will refresh your mind. The calm and quiet surroundings and the beautiful beach welcomes

Île de Saint-Cado

One of the beautiful islet which was located in the heart of Morbihan in the Etel river. This place was currently uninhabited and Also known as the oyster house as it was once the home of an oyster park keeper and his family. There are historic buildings which date back long years ago. It was one of the place where you can spend some nice time from busy lives.

Île de Sein

One of the most beautiful islands in Britanny. it extends over some 2 km and winds like an inverted S whose width varies from 30 to 500 meters. Sein was long known as a shelter for sailors coming into the Pointe du Raz coastal point. It’s a truly peaceful haven where you can forget the worries of everyday life. Its exceptional environment and its majestic landscapes have made it the “most beautiful villages in France”.

Île Madame

Île Madame is an island in the River Charente estuary on the Atlantic coast of France joined to the mainland by a causeway. The island has an area of four square miles and is unpopulated. It is only accessible at low tide, preferably on foot and by bicycle. It is a fragile space that must be respected and protected. On the highest point of the island, there is a fort built in the 17tyh century.

Île Vierge

A beautiful islet which was located in the commune of Plouguerneau. It is home to the tallest traditional stone lighthouse in Europe. This lighthouse offers a panoramic view of this area and also the vast sea. There is a beautiful coastal path to reach this islet. There is also an Abbey in the island also you can spend a nice time on the beach here.


The island of Aix is an island in the southwest of France. Bathed by the Bay of Biscay, it is located 3.1 km west-north-west of Pointe de la Fumée, on the Charente coast. Being part of the Charente archipelago, it is also one of the fifteen islands of Ponant. It is located west of the bay of Yves, between the island of Oléron and the town of Fouras, at the northern end of the Charente estuary. To the north of the island is the Antioch sluice.

Map of Islands to explore in France