WALKING TOUR OF LE PALAIS &THE CITADEL
Belle Ile, "la bien nommee", is the largest of all the Breton islands with a coastline comprising cliffs, creeks and beaches, sloping gently down on the North side while presenting a wild face to the open sea. A star shaped citadel built in the 16th century on the orders of King Henri II (1519-1559) dominates Le Palais, the island's little capital. It was later enlarged by the Dukes of Gondi and by Fouquet, the double ramparts and powerful corner bastions show Vauban's influence. A perfect expression of classical military architecture, the citadel offers a promenade through the past. Meet Fouquet or the Cardinal of Retz, Louis XIV and the "poison affaire", the Chouans and Cadoudal and many more characters that made the story of this sentinel of the sea. We enter the fortress through the gate (Porte du Bourg) and follow the great Moat (Grand Fosse) carved in rocks to the Keep gate. After a the tour of the Parade ground we discover soldiers quarters, prison cells, gunpowder storage, kitchens, etc... From the Governor Bastion and its gardens we have a great view over Le Palais port and little bourg, the coast line and far away Islands of Houat and Hoedic. After our visit to the citadel, we return to the tender dock through the charming port of Le Palais. here we will have time to browse on our own before boarding the tender back to the yacht.
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Port: Belle Ile
Duration: 2 hours
Price: To be advised.
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