Ushant, an island located at the most westerly point of France’s Brittany region, is often referred to as Cape Horn of Europe due to its harsh and unpredictable weather conditions. The island is situated at the meeting point of two powerful bodies of water -The Channel and the Atlantic Ocean- leading to strong currents and frequent storms.
In addition to its unpredictable weather, Ushant is also home to a busy sea route with over 150 ships travelling through it every day; moving more than 750,000 tonnes of oil each year. This makes it one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes despite its remote location.
Although the island might look quite small in comparison, Ushant has certainly left a mark on maritime history; especially when it comes to navigation. In times past, sailors from across the world who have had to complete long journeys have had no choice but to pass through this treacherous part of the sea; whether they wanted or not.
If you want to learn more about Ushant’s rich maritime history and see what marine life inhabits this area then be sure to watch ‘Ushant: An Island at Sea’, a documentary that dives deep into all aspects of this beautiful location. It includes interviews with local sailors who share their own experiences in navigating the most challenging parts of these waters as well as stunning footage taken from above and below sea level which really showcases why so many people are drawn here. So if you’re looking for a unique way to explore Europe’s most extreme coastal destination then don’t miss out on watching this captivating film!