In the pink
The Pink Granite Coast, so-called because of the colour of its rocks, is one of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany’s coastline. The area is renowned for its unusual rock formations, the best of which can be found on the coastal path between Perros-Guirec and the port of Ploumanac’h.
Crazy rock formations
Start at Trestraou beach in Perros-Guirec and follow the GR34 old customs officers' path; along the way you’ll encounter weather-beaten rocks, some as high as 65ft (20m), including Napoleon’s hat, a witch, a rabbit and may more, all changing colour with the light. A round-trip is 4 miles (7km) and takes about 2 hours.
Perros-Guirec itself is one of Brittany’s most popular resorts with families, primarily because of its three sandy beaches where you’ll find kids’ clubs and water sports in high season. In Ploumanac’h, once you’ve taken a walk around the natural harbour and had a look at the tidal mill, relax a while on St Guirec beach and admire the 19th-century Château de Costaérès, star of many postcards and now owned by a German celebrity.
Choose from the many great family attractions in the area: just over a mile down the road is Trégastel, with its aquarium and water park, and a short drive inland is Pleumeur-Bodou, with its planetarium, the Cité Telecom communication museum, an 18-hole golf course and a reconstructed village from ancient Gaul.
Back to nature
Head out of Ploumanac’h into the Traouïero valley, home to rare ferns, moss and aquatic plants, where footpaths will take you past rocks and along streams, all the while shaded by large trees. The valley was once the haunt of smugglers and its grotto was the domain of lepers.
This part of the Breton coast is also a mecca for twitchers as Brittany’s oldest and largest bird sanctuary can be found on the Sept Isles (Seven Islands); there are regular boat trips from Perros-Guirec. The archipelago is home to 27 species of birds, including 15 species of marine birds, with around 24,000 pairs including France’s largest colony of northern gannets on Île Rouzic.
Did you know?
Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad lived on Île Grande off Perros-Guirec for several years.
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