Top sights at the Brittany north coast
Plougrescant and Cap Fréhel
Mountainous terrains, timeless panoramic views, wild creeks and hidden rocky inlets... embark on a beautiful journey in Brittany, at Plougrescant to be more precise. A rugged coastline stretching out over 17 km, encompassing the Pointe du Château and the impressive rocks at Castel-Meur chasm.
Don't miss the Sillon de Talbert, a long narrow stretch of sand and pebbles (over 3 km!) which is a major corridor for migratory birds in Western Europe.
Continuing up the coast, head further east to Cap Fréhel: Bréhat island, Saint-Quay-Portrieux, the little port of Binic and Erquy, a delightful seaside resort gives you a breathtaking view all over Cap Fréhel. Here the landscape, which is still very rugged, is among the most impressive in Brittany. You're surrounded by cliffs and moorland as far as the eye can see, as well as often deserted magnificent beaches.
Our top tip: take a trip out to sea!
For a trip on a traditional 1920s sailing boat to the Brehat Peninsula (departing from Paimpol), contact the crew at "Enez Koalen".
If you like the sound of an off-shore fishing trip on a traditional shellfish trawler, then set off from Saint-Cast-le-Guildo on the "Dragous".
Ushant, nature island
Ushant is a 65 m high rocky plateau looking out to sea, which can be visited by boats sail from Le Conquet, Brest, Lanildut and Camaret. Lampaul is the only village on the island, with just a few shops and restaurants, hotels, bike hire.. and really friendly people! Don't feel like taking the boat? You can hire a bike from the landing stage at Stiff port or there's a minibus to take you to your rented accommodation.
Have you decided to walk or cycle? Little roads and pathways cross the moors. Fields dotted with houses. Sheep, goats, rabbits will keep you company during your tour. Set off along the coastal paths to take in the incredible landscape at places such as Pointe de Pern. Looking for something different? Let yourself by lulled by the gentle winds as you tour the island by horse-drawn carriage.
Glenan Archipelago, a sailing destination!
Comprising ten or so main islands and lots of little islets dotted around heavenly turquoise waters, the Glenan Archipelago (18 km from shore) is a particularly popular spot with amateur yachtsmen. So popular that on summer days there can be over a thousand sailing enthusiasts plying the waters!
Want to get away from it all? Sailors of all ages can sign up for a course at the extremely famous Glenan Sailing School, established on four of the islands of the archipelago since 1947. The programme includes dinghy, catamaran and windsurfing lessons and total immersion residential sailing courses (13+ years). Participants are expected to assist with communal tasks.
Prefer something more traditional? Set sail for a day trip on the Sant C’hireg, a traditional lobster boat, to seek out the puffins, guillemots and seals which inhabit the archipelago's bird sanctuary.
Something to tickle your taste buds:
Head back to the mainland to sample the totally unique bitter sweet taste of Fouesnant cider at the Menez Brug cider house, made famous by the writer Frédéric le Guyader who called it "the best cider in the world!"
Savour the tastes and flavours of Brittany
Brittany is a mouthwatering land of many facets, home to a fantastic selection of culinary specialities. The queen of all these specialities? The crêpe: with a choice of savoury buckwheat or sweet wheat pancakes to suit every taste!
The ultimate sweet indulgence has to be the Kouign Amann (translates as ""butter cake""), a speciality of Douardenez. A crispy caramelised melt-in-the mouth pastry you won't forget in a hurry...
And there's a host of other traditional cakes and biscuits (the Far Breton and Palet Bretons, to name but two) and salt butter caramels you're sure to sample as you make your way round Brittany!
Its proximity to the sea also means excellent fresh fish, seafood and shellfish. On the menu: the Brittany (blue) lobster, bisque d'étrille (velvet crab bisque), Pacific oysters, haddock and cod.
If you fancy an aperitif? Indulge in a drop of "chouchen", a traditional drink made by fermenting honey in water.
Crêperie de Saint-Maurice - Site abbatiale de Saint-Maurice -
For Kouign Amann:
Maison Georges Larnicol,
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