About ten miles to the north off the "Côte de Granit Rose" the seabird reserveof the "Sept Îles" warrants a visit. Leaving either from the port of Trégastel or Perros-Guirec the tour boats head for the rollercoaster ride towards the collection of seven islands that comprise the natural reserve. First stop is the "Île Rouzic", the most eastern of...more
A short carride away from Pleubian, by way of the cities Lézardrieux and Paimpol, lies the "Pointe d'Arquest". This point is the embarcation point for a boat trip to the nearby "Île de Bréhat". One can either choose for a direct ferry that takes only a few minutes or a 45 minute tour around the island, after which passengers are dropped off at the...more
Approximately ten miles south of Trégastel is the town of Pleumeur-Bodou, home to Cosmopolis, which includes the "Station de télécommunications spaciales de St-Uzec", the "Planétarium de Bretagne" and last but not least, the "Village Gaulois". This is a tourist attraction at which people have tried to recreate a ancient Gallic Village. At the...more
About two hours south west of Pleubian, near the town of Huelgoat, in the "Parc National Regional d'Armorique" an area of forest containing numerous walkways and natural tourist attractions await the traveller. Among the features to be visited are the "Cave of Arthus", where King Arthur is said to have taken his noon nap, the Devil's cave, the...more
Cap Fréhel, on Brittany's "Côte de Penthièvre" is about 1,5 hours away from Pleubian by car but well worth a visit. On the cape a lighthouse guards the safety of the ships passing it with a beam that reaches 100 kms or 60 miles into the sea. It is open for visits and offers a great view of the surrounding countryside. Providing the weather is good...more
At Trégastel, on the coast of pink granit, the "Aquarium Marin" can be found. It's attarction lies not in the extensiveness of its colection because it is a rather small aquarium, but in the fact that it has been build among a accumulation of massive graniet boulders. Each of which must way several thousands of tons. Collection wise one of the main...more
On the northern end of the "Presqu'ile Sauvage" (the wild peninsula) lies a strip of land that reaches out into the sea for about two miles or 3,5 kms, the "Sillon de Talbert". At high tide a walk along this remarkable geological feature, made up out of tons upon tons of granit "caillous" is an impressive experience, with the sea washing up on...more
Although the town of Pleubian itself does not have many tourist sites to offer the inquiring tourist, it does have one rather exceptional asset. It is the location of France's oldest outdoors pulpit, to be found right beside its quaint little church with the three spires, which seem to be typical for the region. The pulpit dates back to the 15th...more
If you're not looking for any fancy cuisine or want to drive far, the restaurant of campground Port la Chaîne is the closest by. It's menu is rather limited, but the food and the service are more than good. Simple, honest cooking for a reasonable price. Live music sometimes accompanies the meals. The "Filet de saumon en papillotte" is definitely...more
This restaurant is located at the beginning of a remarkable geological feature"the Sillon de Talbert". Besides an magnificent view on this unusual landscape from its seaside terrace, it offers a variety of dishes that will please both those who love seafood and those who are not so partial to it. A part of the restaurant is decorated as a fishing...more
This exclusively sea food oriented restaurant is located at the harbour of Treguier, about 100 yards from the Pont du Canada. Set in a former hangar it offers its clients an abundance of fresh sea food. The athosphere of the establishment, with the terrace overlooking the harbour and a mast next to the building, that is proclaimed to originate from...more
Both these supermarkets arte located in the town of Pleubian, U-Marché being the closest to the campground at only a few minutes by car. Both offer an extensive array of products, which aren't available at the campground itself.
When visiting the Brittany coast, especially as a novice where the tidal movements are concerned, it is wise to keep out a watchful eye. The tide goes out far at certain locations , offering an opportunity to venture far out among rocky outcrops, for instance looking for fresh seafood, but it tends to rise fast. This might cause you to get caught, because it's not always visible at first glance and only becomes apparent when you find yourself in deeper water than is advisable.
Luggage and bags:
a back pack (and maybe a camelbag) might come in handy on the long and beautiful walks that can be done here
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Apart from the obvious stuff you take to the coast, in view of the great rocks lying around on some places along the beaches (see travelogues and sports tip), climbing shoes and maybe a crashpad might be handy if you want to try your hand at climbing. Good hiking shoes will be handy on the hikes along the coastal path.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun tan lotion!!!!!
Photo Equipment: If you're into wildlife photography, a camera with a zoom lense is a definite must to observe the colonies of seabirds that nest on the cliffs ( see travelogues and must see tips)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you have kids, bring buckets and fishing nets. They will have a ball scouring the beach and seaweed clumps at low tide looking for shrimp, crabs (watch your fingers and toes!), oysters etc...
Along the "Sentier Littoral" or coastal pathway from Pleubian to the Sillon de Talbert, a small orientation point, Creac'h Maout, offers silent testimony of events that happened there during WWII. It can be reached by a narrow and at times steep path leading up hill from the Sentier. A mere few minutes later one finds oneself in the ruines of what...more
Although it does not appear obvious climbers might also find themselves pleasantly surprised. In several locations along the coast they will encounter magnificent pink granit boulders of a very rough texture. Most of these can be and some are climbed. Near Plougrescant, at the wonderful bay of Porz -Scarff, a number of these boulders lie along the...more
When you like a walk in the countryside, the GR34 is what you're looking for in Bretagne. GR stands for "Grande Route" and this particular one will lead you along the entire coast of Bretagne. In some places is it is referred to as the "Sentier du Littoral"(coastal pathway), in others as "Sentier des Douaniers". But no matter what it's name or...more