A secret archipelago off the coast of mainland France (PHOTOS)

The French archipelago is a group of islands with a very ancient history.

Over the past centuries, these islands have suffered from the arrival of pirates, English invaders and the fierce battles of the Second World War.

Some of them are full of charming villages and others are full of beautiful flora and fauna.

In addition, there are even world-famous five-star hotels located on some islands.

Fort du Guesclin, Brittany
Fort du Guesclin lies in the commune of Saint-Coulomb, near the pretty port city of Saint-Malo, which can be reached by ferry from the UK. The isle is accessible only at low tide when a sandbank connects it to the coast. However, as it

Ile de Bendor, Provence
Temporarily closed to the public, this Mediterranean island off the coast of the seaside resort of Bandol - between Marseille and Toulon - is currently in the midst of a five-year restoration project, its website reveals. In the 1950s, the then-barren island was bought by Paul Ricard, an environmentalist and the creator of a spirit now known as Ricard Pastis. Ricard also acquired the neighbouring isle of Les Embiez, with the pair becoming known as the Paul Ricard Islands. Ile de Bendor became a hotspot for the rich and famous in the 1960s, with the artist Salvador Dalí among those to grace its shores. A small marina was built on the island, along with a hotel called Hotel Delos, tennis courts, a diving club, boutiques and a series of restaurants. Ricard also introduced two museums - the Universal Exposition of Wines and Spirits and the Museum of Ricard Advertising Objects. Before the island closed for restoration, a daily ferry service ran to the island from Bandol. It

Ile Saint-Honorat, Provence
Offering an escape from the glitzy crowds that descend on Cannes each summer, this island is just a 15 to 20-minute boat ride from the city. Boats from the mainland depart several times a day, with a retu  ticket priced at around £13 (€15.50). The isle is named after Saint Honoratus, who built a monastery there around 410AD. While you

Ile d'If, Marseille, Provence
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L'Ile d'Aix, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Ile de Brehat, Cotes-d'Armor

Groix, Brittany
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L’Ile de Noirmoutier, Pays de la Loire, west of Nantes
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Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy 
With its fairytale appearance, this tidal island - a Unesco World Heritage Site - is a haven for photographers. It lies in a bay shared by Normandy and Brittany and can be reached by foot or by a special horse-drawn carriage service.  Back in the early 8th century, the bishop of a nearby town claimed that the Archangel Michael had come to him and instructed him to build a church on the isle, the island
Tombelaine, Normandy
On a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, it

Port-Cros, Hyeres, Provence
This car-free island in the south of France, not far from Saint-Tropez, is a hiker

Porquerolles, Hyeres, Provence

Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Brittany
A boat from Quiberon on the mainland will whisk you straight to Port de Palais, this Breton idyll

Ile d'Yeu, Vendee, weste France
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Ile de Re, Charente-Maritime, west coast
Attracting the rich and famous, A-listers Johnny Depp and Katy Perry are among those who are said to have holidayed on this island. It

Ile Callot, Brittany

(Vimarshana Samarakoon @ COLOMBO TIMES)

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