Over the past 2 years, Drew and I have spent a collective 15 months living in and exploring Europe via the comforts of our British rolling home, the Howlin’ Yoweller. It’s a crazy adventure we live, and so to help us remember where we’ve been + make it even more fun to share, we’ve put together this comprehensive post with maps of our travels + you’ll definitely want to check out our 1st episode of VanLife Europe Part 2!:
Understandably, most people don’t even know where to begin when trying to navigate a conversation about our lives, but the #1 question everyone seems to start with is, “What’s your favorite place?!” There’s so much to mull over when considering the endless options for this seemingly simple answer (between the mountains in Norway, the sea in Croatia, the kindness in Ireland, the culture in Bavaria, the biking in Holland, the food in France, the wine in Italy… the list goes on!), but the more we see, the more we realize what a special place THIS truly is:
Aaaa, the quaint, salty, buttery little fisherman village of Quiberon. Yes, yes, I’m a bit partial – my dad was born here and it’s the region after which I was named – BUT that doesn’t change the fact that Quiberon is absolute MAGIC (at least in June, when the weather is perfect and the season hasn’t yet started):
Just 9 miles long, this sliver-thin peninsula (called the “Presqu’ île” or “almost island”), is flanked on the western side by the windswept, rocky and very picturesque Côte Sauvage (“wild coast” as seen above), while the eastern side is lined with beautiful beaches, quaint seaports, oodles of campgrounds, AND the opportunity for deliciously fresh eats + endless adventure is waiting around every corner!… just be sure to avoid any milky oysters…
We also love that it’s relatively small, making it perfectly digestible without being overwhelming, yet varied and diverse enough to keep it refreshingly invigorating + there are incredible islands you can ferry to + Americans really don’t seem to come here much at all, which has allowed the culture to be preserved in a way that’s becoming harder and harder to find (I pray it never changes). Each time we visit Quiberon, we feel we are getting a truly authentic experience, one that immerses and awakens every sense of our being, creating a combination of so many of our favorite things, ultimately resulting in a feeling that we have found no place else!
Were you smiling from ear to ear watching that video? We totally were. Gosh we love this place AND there is so much more to share about it! So, in an attempt to help you fully grasp the magic, here are a few (more) of our favorite things about Quiberon that make it quite irresistibly our favorite place in all of Europe:
1.The effortlessly-beautiful, tiny details everywhere you look:
2. The perfect view of sunrise on the sandy shores of the east side (view from our van bed at Camping Rohu):
3. And the PERFECT view of sunset on the west side:
4. The incredibly delicious, incredibly fresh FOOD! From the seafood to baguettes, and the crepes gaufres and niniches – our bodies get so excited whenever we set our sails this direction!
5. Fresh markets nearly EVERYDAY of the week (Port Haliguen is our fave):
Ever tried escargot, aka snails?! They’re actually pretty yum.
6. The beaches (and seashells):
7. The coastal biking (and running) paths:
Or you can be like this family and circumnavigate + camp the “almost island” with your homemade carriage!
8. The incredible conditions for surfing + kitesurfing:
9. The wildly-dreamy, car-free island of “Île-d’Houat.” You can walk around the entire island in 1 day before catching the 1.5 hour ferry back:
10. The “safest place in all of Europe, “Belle Île en Mer,” just a 1 hour and 15 minute ferry ride away. We biked around the entire island in 2 days:
11. The endless memories… old and new:
Circa 1995, me (on the right) + my cousin, eating gaufres on the boardwalk in front of La Grand Plage:
And here are some stunning old photos of Mamé and Papé, our great grandparents, in Quiberon in the 1940’s:
I don’t think we’ll ever get enough of this little gem by the sea… “La vie est belle,” especially when you’re in Quiberon.