this is heaven on earth, wonderful road that of course a car is a must. You past by small villages and ports harbors, bordering the cliffs of the peninsula of Quiberon, going on the Côte Sauvage I came from auray coming in by portivy ,Beg en Aud, then port blanc, kervihan ,port kerné, port bara, pointe du percho and arrive at the Chateau Turpault by the port maria.
you see cliffs ,grottos, wild waters banging into rocky cliffs, beautiful country, nice villages and the idea that you are all alone in the world against the forces of the mighty ocean. Just a must ,you must do it at least once in your life
A treasure to come back again and again, I live just 34 kms from here lol!!!
well Quiberon is full of them from nice sandy good size beaches to small coves with algae and rocky surface, all are visited by locals and tourists alike.
the area is a peninsula that is just gorgeous and should be summer hq for me for many years i hope. You are welcome to stop by and let me know. I am 34 kms from here
you have the rocky section of govino, a more sandy section of govino, the beautiful Conguel, the wonderful grande plage
this is the most extreme point of the Quiberon peninsula and it is sublime savage but with all commodities for families and nice cove beach as well as one extensive one with picnic tables and camping grounds across the street, horse backriding and nice sandy beach.
You can walk from city center here in about 20 minutes as we are use to walk. otherwise there is plenty of car parking, we did it both ways and it was easy.
see the outermost lighthouse and stone wheel with pictures of the peninsula and islands you can see from it such as belle ile and Houat.
This is definitively a beach for the whole family, there are swim lessons and activities for kids from 2 yrs old, and strategically place at the two extremes of the beach.
It always encouraging to see the mix on the beach, and it is great.
the Gare Maritime is the connection of the peninsula with the outlying islands such as Bell-Ile, all UNESCO world heritage sites in the Gulf of Morbihan.
you have all the info in English at the tourist office webpage in contact. My favorite as big and diverse is Belle-Ile, but the sentimental favorite is Houat.
YOu have hotels and restos just across the street, bank ATM, and bus service to the Semaphore parking for free.
the hightlight of the area, the center of it all, great beach, all kinds of activities for young and old, always something going on in summer.
The views over the casino, the castle, the fisherman coop, the boardwalk, the shops and restos at dead in by the big blue ocean is fantastic.
Music blaring and game from volley to handball,soccer/football, and just tanning on the soft white sands with the big cruise ships passing in front of you to the dock at the boat terminal in port Maria.
just great, a must. Even in winter been here and is so sublime.Our favorite place so far in Brittany.
a wonderful inner harbor of very nice tall ships and motor boats, with a nice small secluded beach (Portigo)next to it, quiet tranquil, the old Brittany.
Very nice if with families or boater aficionados, will be in heaven. The views over the reefs,and lighthouses adorning the coast is very nice.
it is just along the grand plage continuing towards casino or from the main road coming to Quiberon there is a roundabout with sign posted direct to Port haliguen,which then you can take the oppossite to the grand plage, a car is needed for this.
see the webpage for the harbor of port haliguen in contact.
a church originally from the 15C, going thru periods of fire, and destruction, burned by the English ,and after the French revolution serve to care and detained the insurgents chuans who fought the Republic.
the now church dates from 1906, right at the entrance to the old section,and the street leading to the grand plage big beach.
nice indeed to begin your walks in Quiberon.
Long sandy beaches and pounding waves backed by towering forests of pine – the Côte Sauvage on the Atlantic coast in the Quiberon is one of the most spectacular parts of the Poitou-Charentes. If you want a feeling of space and untamed beauty, this is definitely where to head to. Surfers should also haul their boards into the waves that are known for their size and power. The best way to explore this coast if by foot.
There are two ports: Port Maria, where the fishing fleet is based and from where you can take excursions to the nearby islands, and Port Haliguen, which is the port for pleasure boats.
Near by port Haliguen we found Chateau Turpault and was built in 1910, but it is not open to the public.
lots of people come every summer to Quiberon, transforming the town in really living place (a little bit too much for me but...). Lots of youngs people on the beach, concerts or exhibition quite every night,free and organised by the town.
The activity in Quiberon in summer is doing nothing on the beach, end getting out during the night. You can also visit one of the two "conserverie" museums (putting fishes in cans. the ex-industrie of Quiberon) which are interesting to see during the working period. But to my opinion the best thing to do is to rent a bike (2 or 3 hours if biking slowly) or to hike (half a day, you take the train to go back during the summer) on the "cote sauvage" (I put photos of it) or to do a trip all around the peninsula.
for backpackers, try not to sleep on the coast, cops are angry about that so it's expensive.
Contact me for more informations. it will be a pleasure if i'm here at this time.
In Brittany with its wild coast and a lifestyle tied to the sea, for a couple of hundred of years, they had discovered the medicinal properties of sea water and used it in a form that would let the minerals of the sea be absorbed through the skin. now there are plenty of resort and spa offering thalasso through out France and other places.
I had one session today at the Thalasso institute in Quiberon, Bretagne, France/
http://www.accorthalassa.com/gb/hotel/quiberon_ipix/parcours.html offers you a 360 virtual tour of the thalasso area, in this thalasso which was the first one of the Accor Chain to be built almost 40 years ago. it was opened in 1964 by Louison Bobet, who was a three times winner of Tour de France. He was son a local baker.
You enter and you know that is upscale. everything is quiet and dispensed efficiently. you change into your swimming trunks and wrap yourself in their dressing gowns and go towards the thalasso area.
it is very well appointed with a part of it opening into the outside where the view of the sea and the beach is stunning indeed. The sea water is heated to an agreeable temperature and there are many stations where most of the body parts are massaged: head, neck, back, front, legs and shoulders. the force is considerable and you change the stations every 10 minutes or so. the total session is about 40 minutes and then you can spend time at the onsen style outdoor jacuzzi or the indoor strong water fall which falls on your shoulder with a power.
then after a little rest, you could swim in the indoor pool as well if you wish. After an hour and half you are very tired and then the nice walk along the beach and the busy broadwalk along the sea soothes your soul.
You can go to the market in the morning and buy fresh fish caught that very morning. Bought two large pieces of Lieu Jeune (fish cutlets) about 18 euros per kilogramme. Tandoori powder, Coconut milk, lemon and viola.. a nice meal indeed... as always a nice glass fo wine..
Quiberon is one of the famous surf spot in britain with the"pointe de la torche". there are 5 beautiful spots and due to there positions very differents, you can quite always fine one where surf, whatever your level.
You can also rent a board and a wetsuit (see the link) for half a day etc..
the director can give you lesson, he's very cool and he's an ex champion.
you can also take lessons of wind surfing and sailing (small and big boats) and rent all the material easily but i don't know the websites.
ask me if you want.
When we pass by the souvenir shop to buy some postcards, we saw elephant stone shape... so we start to exploring around this port, and we found it!!! Yes it's elephant head!!
After from Cote Sauvage we continue our exploring to more far, Port Blanc, this coast still same coast with cote sauvage.... and have a great stone shape and also nice beaches.