Ile-Grande, Pleumeur Bodou

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Île-Grande is an island on the north coast of Brittany, linked to the mainland by a road. Its size is about 2 km by 1 km, and there is a village on the island. It is in the commune of Pleumeur-Bodou .A smaller island, Île Aganton, is to the west, adjacent to Île-Grande. On the coast, Trébeurden lies to the south-west, and Trégastel to the east.PrehistoryIn the centre of the island is a prehistoric site, an allée couverte . The site is known as Ty-Lia or Ty-ar-C'horrandoned. Constructed in neolithic times, its size is about 9 metres by 1.5 metres; several upright stones support two large stone slabs.Literary associationsThe writer Joseph Conrad stayed at a house in Île-Grande from 7 April to 14 August 1896, during his honeymoon. He worked there on his novel The Rescue. His short story "The Idiots" was set in the area, and includes many details observed during his stay there; granite-quarrying is mentioned, which was important for the island at that time.
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  • Not such a beautiful place as the shore of pink granite, a gentle shore, overgrown with grass and bushes, on the shore stones are much smaller and whiter. On the way you can see megaliths.
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  • There's no way you won't do the whole walk! Ever bend opens up more of the landscape, or a corner that you just have to explore further. The island is also home to a dolmen, as well as a menhir, so th...  more »
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