An exotic island with uniquely colored sands and clear blue seas is within easy reach of Britain.
Rising airfare costs have prompted British holidaymakers to want to holiday closer to home this year.
However, you don’t have to go far to find places that look like they’re a lot more tropical than they actually are.
One such place is the island of Groix, just off the northwest coast of France and part of Brittany.
The island features sandy beaches ranging in color from white to dark red to pink and garnet, all with inviting turquoise seas.
Groix is less than eight kilometers long and three kilometers wide, but still has a lot to offer for holidaymakers who want to spend their time in a unique place.
Brittany tourism claims that the island has beaches and coves that “compete in beauty”.
Grands-Sables has fine white sand, while Sables-Rouges beach is “garnet colored”.
There’s also Poulziorec, described as “a tranquil lagoon at the bottom of a steep path” and a “paradise” according to Brittany Tourism.
During the summer months temperatures on the island remain consistently warm, with average temperatures no lower than 15°C and average highs in the mid 20’s.
The waters are teeming not only with vacationers and locals looking to cool off, but also with dolphins that sometimes swim close to shore.
bloggers algae was lucky enough to see a small group swim alongside his boat during an island tour.
He wrote: “This summer, while exploring the coast with friends, I had the opportunity to join a marine wildlife discovery cruise off the island of Groix.”
“We were lucky that day, many dolphins approached the boat and came to swim and play around us.
“Then they didn’t want to leave us anymore, they accompanied us part of the way back and swam along the bow of the boat.”
Away from the beaches, there’s plenty to do inland, including hiking and biking trails in the island’s hilly terrain that offer stunning vistas out to sea.
The port of Locmaria, meanwhile, has winding narrow streets with quaint houses and fountains.
Accommodation on the island is very affordable. There are rooms available from £33 per night for two people staying.
Getting there is also fairly easy: ferries run from the UK to Brittany.
Holidaymakers can travel from Portsmouth to St Malo and from there continue to Lorient to catch the ferry to Groix.
You could also take the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff which is then a drive from Lorient.
Both routes can be booked with Brittany Ferries.
Now there are dolphins, crystal clear waters and sandy beaches on this stunning British island.
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