Beaches in Brittany

Everything about Brittany is distinctive, from its geography and its granite looks to its traditions and its language. So don’t forget to explore further afield. Britanny has some 1,700 miles of magnificent rugged coastline and stunning beaches, charming small towns and villages as well as modern, vibrant cities such as it’s capital Rennes. This is […]

Everything about Brittany is distinctive, from its geography and its granite looks to its traditions and its language. So don’t forget to explore further afield. Britanny has some 1,700 miles of magnificent rugged coastline and stunning beaches, charming small towns and villages as well as modern, vibrant cities such as it’s capital Rennes. This is a selection of some of the best beaches in the region. Obviously, none quite meet the standard set by Pleneuf Val André, but they are worth a look!

Perros-Guirec:

About 100km north-west of Pleneuf, Perros lies at the western edge of Brittany’s granite coast. The resort boasts a casino, grand villas and a thalasso spa. Boat trips around Les Sept-Iles nature reserve are available for the nature lovers among you.

Trestraou, the main beach, is located in the centre of the town and is popular with sailors and surfers. Swimmers should head to Trestrignel, just around the headland, which has a family club. For wandering among the rock pools, try St. Guirec in Ploumanac’h where you can see Gustave Eiffel’s villa.

Cancale:

Located about 66km east of Pleneuf, Cancale has much to offer. From oysters filled with the salt-laden tang of the sea, fish caught in the bay, famous cuisine, panoramic views from the coastal paths, to the scents of flowers growing on the cliffs, peace, quiet and a chance to relax in the shelter of its coves and beaches, and a wide range of water sports.

Famous for the bulging biceps of the local fishwives – the cancalaises – who harvested oysters while their husbands were away, this is the oyster capital of Brittany. Not the prettiest of towns, but the visitor is rewarded with magnificent views of Mont St-Michel across the bay. Take a walk up to Pointe du Grouin for the best views.

The beach here is very flat, so tuck into the seafood from the local market stalls. Otherwise, try the beach at Port-Mer, a couple of kilometers to the north.

Deauville and Trouville:

Although strictly speaking, located in Normandy and 290km east of Pleneuf, these two resorts are well worth a visit. If you are traveling by ferry from Cherbourg, Le Havre or Calais a visit here could be a welcome break in your journey. Whilst only a short distance apart, these two resorts have quite different characters. Deauville is quite glamorous with five-star hotels, designer boutiques, a casino and an annual film festival. Deauville’s beach is vast, with changing cabins and parasols for hire.The huge beachside complex has a play area, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, paddling area and cafes.

Trouville, on the other hand, grew from a small fishing village into a charming resort much favored by artists and painters such as Proust and Monet. The smaller beach is more intimate with a large outdoor pool, tennis courts and busy cafes on the boardwalk.