Saint-Quay-Portrieux Things to Do
Scallops and other shells
Saint-Quay-Portrieux also is called "Capitale de la coquille St-Jacques", and while walking along the beaches we could see several of scallops, usually empty. Fishing scallops is only allowed from October to April, and there are several rules on size and maximum number you are allowed to take. There are similar rules for other shells also, information boards near the beaches give you further information.
Château de Calan
Calan Castle, also called Turkish Villa, is an interesting sight at the coast facing the Île de la Comtesse. It was built at the end of the 19th century by Count Calan. His son-in-law then decided to decorate it in oriental style which makes it really eye-catching. Today you can spent your vacation in this building, there's an apartment that you can rent. Next to it is the hotel Ker Moor, which is a bit obstructing the nice view on the castle.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
The long distance path GR34 goes all along the coast and is called "sentier des douaniers", customs path. We walk the path in both directions from Saint-Quay-Portrieux, and it was always nice. It's lots of up and down, but you get rewarded by nice views on the beaches and coast. It took us a bit less than 1 hour from the harbour in Portrieux to the Casino beach in St-Quay (with lots of photo stops), passing the Île de la Comtesse and the semaphore. It would have been a much shorter walk through the inland, but less interesting! We did continue a bit and came across some more nice coves.
From the harbour to the south, it's again some up and down. You will pass the little park Port-es-leu before you reach the beach "Plage du Moulin". There were several sandbanks when the water is falling which looked interesting. A bit further on is the beach "Plage des Godelins", which we reached after a bit more than 1 hour. These two beaches already belong to the town Etables-sur-mer.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking