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On the north eastern coastline, you will find the Mont St Michel. Technically, the world-famous island abbey may stand just over the border in Normandy, but much of the Baie du Mont St-Michel forms part of Brittany.
Follow the The Pink Granite Coast, so-called because of the colour of its rocks, one of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany’s coastline. The area is renowned for its unusual rock formations, the best of which can be found on the coastal path between Perros-Guirec and the port of Ploumanac’h.
The western part of coast has no other option but to take beatings from the Atlantic Ocean, Wild and windy, La Pointe du Raz, France’s equivalent of Land’s End, is one of Brittany’s most popular natural sites. With its breathtaking clifftop walks (you’ll need a head for heights!), perilous waters, intriguing island and charming fishing ports, this area offers an authentic slice of Breton life.
A visit to Brittany would be incomplete without a boat trip. There are a dozen or more accessible islands off the Brittany coast, and most of these can be reached for a day-trip from the nearest ports. In Finistère, there are boats to Ouessant. On the north coast, the Ile de Batz can be reached by boat from Roscoff. In the Morbihan, there are ferries from Quiberon to Belle Ile en Mer, the largest of the Breton islands, and ferries to the little Ile de Groix from Lorient. Brittany has also some 600 kilometers of navigable waterways, and self-drive boats can be hired in many locations. In Ille et Vilaine, and eastern Morbihan those who prefer a calm inland waterway to the possibility of being tossed on the Atlantic waves, can take river or canal cruises.
Briere Regional Natural Park recognised internationally for its diversity of flora and fauna. Consisting mainly of picturesque marshland, full of amazing birdlife, and dotted with hamlets of traditional thatched-roof cottages, it is a delight to explore. The whole family will love sitting on board a chaland, a flat-bottomed boat like a punt, which winds you around the canals and islands of the Briere.
Carnac is famous as the site of more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones, erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. The purpose of these monuments is still unknown, and many local people are reluctant to talk about them! Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin; another interpretation is that successive generations visited the site to erect a stone in honour of their ancestors.
There are boat trips out to the Iles de Glénan which is home to a famous sailing school and seabird sanctuaries.
Top Beaches in Brittany:
Brittany is perfect for a family summer holiday and this wonderful peninsula is a paradise for small children and teenagers too. Brittany's beaches have remained unspoiled but also provide supervised swimming areas and clubs for children. Families can take advantage of the wide open spaces, whilst taking their time over sandcastle contests, shell collecting, sunbathing, picnics and swimming. At the beach there's something for everyone, even if you can't swim! For those who want a bit more of a sporty holiday there's a huge number of water sport centres and most beaches have a supervised sailing school for all levels of experience.
Of the many beaches along this coastline perhaps the best are listed below:-
Audierne lies 20 miles south of Quimper and it’s still an active fishing port with good local seafood. The beaches are excellent with long stretches of fine sand and there are boat trips across to the Ile-de-Sein.
La Baule beach is in the far south east of Brittany, almost adjoining the Vendée. There is a stretch of beautiful fine sandy beach about 4 miles long, fronted by a very pleasant promenade. The bay is made even more attractive with the numerous, small offshore islands.
Benodet Beach. Another excellent beach is at Benodet. This is often voted as one of the best family resorts in Brittany. The large Plage du Trez in the centre of the bay is the one to hunt out. The beach is supervised in the summer season and you can hire pedaloes and beach kayaks. Nearby is the Plage du Letty and the Plage Saint Gilles, ideal for rock pools.
Carnac. In southern Brittany between Vannes and Lorient not far from the Golfe du Morbihan lies Carnac with La Grande Plage and four other smaller beaches nearby stretching for over a couple of miles. These south facing beaches are all sheltered, benefiting from the areas micro-climate. They are rightly recognized as some of the best beaches in France. Two of them – La Grande Plage and St. Colomban have supervised bathing in the summer season and the famous Standing Stones nearby should be visited.
Dinard: Situated in a fantastic setting opposite St. Malo lies Dinard. There is a choice of beaches, the main beach being Plage de l’Ecluse where the Casino is. You can follow the attractive Promenade du Claire de Lune around the headland and down to the Plage du Prieuré. In the other direction is the Plage de St Egonat.
Perros Guirec. Located on the picturesque Pink Granite Coast, Perros Guirec can become very busy in the main seasons. The Pink Granite Coast has fascinating rock and sand formations and offers a choice of attractive beaches such as Trestraou or Trestingel.
Quiberon Peninsula. Just to the south of Carnac is the Quiberon Peninsula, and if you are looking for something a bit wilder then the beaches here on the aptly named Cote Sauvage fit the bill. Quiberon itself is worth visiting and it has a lovely little beach of its own, very sheltered and suitable for families.
St. Cast. St Cast lies on the Côte d’Emeraude and this small resort has a total of seven beaches! At the end of the main beach is a small hill with excellent views from the summit over the Emerald Coast and Cap Fréhel. Coastal walks along the jagged cliffs are particularly impressive.
There are also a couple of small beaches at Concarneau itself, and several others on the coast within easy reach. The Plage des Dames and the Plage des Sables Blancs (with lifeguards in summer) are two popular beaches close to hand. If you follow the coast path from the Plage des Sables Blancs towards l'Anse-Saint-Jean you will also find quieter beaches
If you fancy discovering the joys of shellfish gathering and treating your lungs to a good breath of sea air, then get your wellies on. In the Gulf of Morbihan, visit oyster farmer Ivan Selo's oyster beds during a fascinating excursion that's a treat for the palate. It’s a unique experience and, at the end of it, you'll know all there is to know about this pearl of the seashore.