Aiguade Vauban, Bellefontaine, Belle-ile, France Aiguade Vauban, Bellefontaine, Belle-ile, France

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    A very singular spot and quite off the path. Good work Fritz!
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      Nice description and tips Fritz!
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      Yes! Do you have a plan to add?!
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      Yes, many!
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"Aiguade Vauban" is one of the oldest and most curious buildings on the island!

My experience, Explo description: 

At the end of the 17th century, on the order of Vauban and to ensure the freshwater refuelling of the french war vessels, a water tank was built there to take advantage of this abundant spring.

« Aiguade Vauban » building is a vaulted construction directly dug in the rock. It contains a 23m long, 6m wide and 20 feet deep tank. Its capacity is 800,000 litres. It is fed by the water spring of Belle Fontaine. Below, the cliff was cut to allow rowboats to approach at high tide. A pipe was dug to allow the filling of the barrels. A 20 step staircase links the 2 levels.

Hundred metres further to the West, the small Fort Laron was built later, on the 19th century, perhaps to defend the tank. Very well preserved, you can only see that the outside: the building is private and was transformed into a secondary residence.

My personal recommendations: 

After the tour, enjoy a local beer at the brewery...

How getting there: 

From Le Palais, take the road of Locmaria. After 2,700 meters, at port Saho, take left on Bordardoué beach road. 200 metres later, leave the car on a spur close to a brewery. The tank is located 300 meters further.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long!

Visit duration: 

30 minutes.

Entry fees: 

Free.