It was in mid-June when I finally set foot on these islands for the first time. These mythical islands seem to be a favorite for many and have fascinated me for quite a long time. I was so happy to visit this region of our country to help you discover the best of Îles-de-la-Madeleine!
Where to sleep
La Maison des Falaises
Perched at the top of a hill overlooking the sea, La Maison des Falaises offers a breathtaking view of the lighthouse that belongs to tv host Julie Snyder. The house, converted into a Bed and Breakfast, offers a very special charm, marrying the calm of the islands to a perfect country decor. The owner of the establishment is quite welcoming and makes sure the stays are sweet, like the sound of the waves.
La Maison d’Octave
A colorful universe with ancient charm defines this charming cottage, that offers a ground-to-earth experience that literally plunges us into history. We cannot overlook the host of the place, Line, who is as engaging as he is entertaining. The upstairs rooms house us in his vintage world, one night at a time.
Auberge Havre sur Mer
This peaceful and cosy waterfront inn offers lovely views of the islands, as well as provides the availability of a spa, sauna and massage area. Natural products are supplied in the rooms, as well as other products which are sold elsewhere in the country. The rooms are quite large and will appeal to travellers in search of calm and luxury. The bonus: the place is located not far from La Grave, the busy and charming touristic area of the islands.
Where to eat
Le Café de la Grave
You can stop here for lunch or supper, and enjoy mussels with cheese sauce or a succulent spaghetti carbonara with smoked scallops. Accompany your meal with a local beer while listening to clients playing the piano, and savour the moment. Simply, an unpretentious place that deserves to be on your list!
Le Vent du Large
This restaurant, also located on La Grave, offers a superb terrace in summer, as well as absolutely charming, thematic evenings. The menu is varied and the atmosphere lively. We also like to go out to admire the sunset, with a glass of wine in hand.
Gourmande de Nature
This café which offers both a boutique corner as well as cooking workshops, is absolutely charming, and allows us to make amazing culinary finds. The owner carries her favourites discoveries found all over the world, in addition to offering her clientele a nice varied menu, ranging from Thai soup to flat bread topped with salted cod. You have to taste the ice cream made with local cheese, a beautiful mix of flavors!
À l’Abri de la Tempête
This friendly microbrewery offers a variety of local beers, as well as a light tapas menu that will satisfy the aperitif lovers! A nice terrace overlooking the beach allows us to enjoy the sunsets in a beautiful way. This is the place to start or finish the evening on the islands!
Have you ever been to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine?