Ploumanac'h Travel Guide

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Ploumanac'h Things to Do

  • The Pink Granite Coast ("Côte de Granit...

    The coast around Ploumanac'h is part of the "Pink Granite Coast" which is called like this because of its pink granite boulders. There are rocks everywhere in all kind of sizes, up to 20m high, it's amazing! There's a hiking path along the coast, the "Sentier des Douaniers", and at the part north-east of the village there were several short side...

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  • "Mean Ruz" Lighthouse

    The "Phare due Mean Ruz" is found at the entrance of the channel that leads to the port of Ploumanac'h. Together with the "Maison du Littoral" which is closeby it is a landmark of the pink granite coast. The lighthouse was built with pink granite, replacing a former one which was destroyed in 1944. The pink granite is also where it's got its name...

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  • Costaérès Island and Castle

    The l'Île de Costaérès is a small rocky island which lies near the beach of Ploumanac'h but actually belongs to the community of .On the island is a castle which looks pretty lovely. It was built in the 19th century by Bruno Abakanowicz in a style of a medieval castle. The castle was meeting point of many Polish emigrants and Henryk Sienkiewicz...

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  • Plage Saint-Guirec

    The main beach of the village is named after Saint Guirec, a Welsh monk who came to Brittany in the 6th century to evangelise the people. There's a shrine at the beach dedicated to him that was built in the 12th century, the "Oratoire de Saint-Guirec" (Oratory of Saint Guirec). It only can be reached at low tide. It's said that if a young women is...

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  • Just my sort of beach!

    (work in progress)Oh my, I love this beach!!! And whilst it might not be everyone's definition of their perfect beach, it's pretty close to mine! In fact this reminds me of my all time favourite beach - Boulders Beach in Simonstown, just south of Cape Town, except that it's colder and there is a conspicuous absence of penguins.Firstly, I think that...

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  • Getting up Saint Guirec's nose

    (work in progress)On the beach at Ploumanac'h you'll find an unexpected little shrine containing the somewhat battered statue of St Guirec.Saint Guirec is one of the panoply of Breton saints who don't make the official Vatican List and whose origins are lost in the mists of time. He has been venerated on this site since the 12th century and is...

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  • Erratic boulders on the beach

    (work in progress)Ploumanach's is located on the famous Pink Granite Coast of Bretagne, which is famed for its wierd and wonderful weathered rocks.The beach is strewn with enormous boulders, some of which appear to be so precariously balanced that it's a marvel that they're still standing. If you have time - which unfortunately we didn't - the walk...

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  • Château de Costaérès: the local island...

    (work in progress)Château de Costaérès is an enormous faux medieval castle located on a rocky island just offshore of Ploumanac'h and is probably one of the most photographed buildings along this section of coast.Despite its ancient appearance, it is a fairly modern structure and was constructed at the turn of the 20th century by an engineer of...

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  • Shape

    The shapes of the rocks Ploumanac'h are diverse and sometimes surprising.And here is one of the strange shape..... it's a pig?

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Ploumanac'h Restaurants

  • A supremely family friendly restaurant!

    (work in progress)Of all the restaurants that we ate in during our week in Bretagne, Le Mao is arguably the one that we enjoyed most.Located a hop, skip and a jump from Ploumanac'h's brilliant boulder-strewn beach, it combined everything that we wanted from a restaurant: a splendid outdoor terrace setting, good food and a child friendly...

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  • Your sort of breakfast?

    (work in progress)This tip is likely to polarise opinion in that you'll either love it or hate it ...OK, so 'la formule'' (the set menu) for 10:00-12:00 - which is breakfast (or possibly brunch) time? A half dozen oysters? With the option of washing them down with a glass of sauvignon?Hmmmm ... not my thing, but then I'm unimpressed by oysters...

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Ploumanac'h Warnings and Dangers

  • Summer evenings can play havoc with...

    (work in progress)This may seem an odd tip, given that long, lazy summer evenings are usually cited a major attraction of holidaying in Northern Europe, but this warning has been written for families visiting this area with young children.This photo was taken on Ploumanac'h beach at 22:15 at the very beginning of July - just after the summer...

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  • A beach that's more fine gravel than...

    (work in progress)I include this comment under 'warnings and dangers' as I realise that many people are more picky about their beach sand than I am.Speaking as a recovering geologist, I shoudl point out that the beach at Ploumananc'h is technically fine gravel rather than sand: not surprising when you look at the grain size of the granite boulders...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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