Saint-Brieuc Bay - Paimpol - Les Caps

  • Vieux gréement à l'île de Bréhat
  • Le Cap Fréhel
  • Hillion en famille

From the famous fishing port of Paimpol to the majestic headlands of Cap Fréhel and Cap d’Erquy, here you'll discover a land steeped in the good things in life – great food, great beauty, and lots of excitement. With Saint-Brieuc Bay lying at heart of the region, you can admire wonderful scenery and a protected natural environment under a whole range of changing lights and colours.

Unmissable sites

Destination

Plateau de fruits de mer — Port d'Erquy

Quality produce and star chef

This region has one speciality that you really must try: scallops. But they’re not the only treasures fished from the sea around here - there’s sea-bass and lobster, for instance, and then there’s the produce grown on land: even the simplest things are absolutely delicious, such as Paimpol’s AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) green ‘coco’ beans and potatoes from Ploeuc-sur-Lié. With aces like this up its sleeve, it’s hardly surprising that Saint-Brieuc is one of the towns in Brittany that boasts the greatest number of Michelin stars, thanks to the restaurants: Le Youpala Bistrot, La Vieille Tour and Aux Pesked.

Baie de Saint-Brieuc - Paimpol - Les caps — Carte
Cap Fréhel

The headlands – a sight that will blow you away

Follow the 'Sentier des Douaniers' (Customs Officers’ footpath) to discover two headlands classified as ‘Grands Sites de France’: Cap Fréhel and Cap d'Erquy. Both are covered with heath, which can be yellow with gorse or purple with heather, with pink sandstone cliffs towering high above vast beaches of white sand. Further west, the cliffs at Plouha - the highest in Brittany - offer breath-taking views over Saint-Brieuc bay.

Plage de la Comtesse — Saint-Quay-Portrieux

Discover the pleasures of a traditional seaside resort

In Pléneuf-Val-André, Binic, Erquy and Saint-Quay-Portrieux, you can enjoy all the pleasures of the seaside. The long, sweeping beaches of fine sand are perfect for families and great for relaxing, swimming and water sports. Come and try ‘longe-côte’ (paddle sea-walking) at Plérin, or take a trip out to sea on Pléneuf’s traditional sailboat ‘La Pauline’, or visit La Croix lighthouse by sea kayak...

Port Dahouët — Pléneuf Val-andre

Say hello to the sailors

All along the quayside at Paimpol, Dahouët, Erquy and Binic, colourful ships wait for the next tide. Settle down on the terrace and spend some time watching the activity in the port.  If you want to get a better feel for the world of fishing, go to the fish auction at Erquy, where over 60 types of fish and shellfish are sold. At Paimpol, an audioguide includes the voices of sailors and their families telling you about their lives and work, as lock keepers, carpenters, or the descendants of the brave ‘Islandais’ who sailed off to fish the Icelandic seas ...

L'île de Bréhat

The isle of Bréhat – so near, yet so far

Setting out from the Pointe de l'Arcouest, it’s only 10 minutes by boat to the Isle of Bréhat. But it’s like stepping into a completely different world. There are no cars, but lots of flowers and a temperate microclimate. In the southern part of the island, the low-walled gardens are full of bluey-violet agapanthus. As you move northwards, nature grows wilder. The road ends in a glorious setting at the Paon lighthouse, built on pink granite rocks.

Le Château de Bienassis

Castles to capture your imagination

Between Paimpol and the headlands of Cap Fréhel and Cap d'Erquy are 'châteaux' that look uncannily like castles straight out of a fairytale or film set. The Fort la Latte sits majestically at the very tip of a headland, while at Quintin there are two châteaux in the grounds of an extraordinary estate. At the Abbaye Maritime de Beauport, with its ruins, gardens and orchards, there’s a milder atmosphere. And the pink sandstone Château de Bienassis, surrounded by its French-style gardens, lies within a moat.

Randonnée équestre à Fréhel

A thundering good holiday!

If you’re a keen horse-rider, you’ll be in your element here! Gallop along the beach at Sables d'Or les Pins or Saint-Brieuc bay, or follow the Equibreizh bridleway through moorland, forests and open countryside… a day’s riding here will be a real treat. A family visit to the national stud at Lamballe is a chance to find out all about Breton horses. Or  how about a day at the races at the Hippodrome de la Baie race course? And, in the autumn, the 'Cavales d'Automne' is an equestrian festival that includes every possible kind of horse-related event.

Moncontour

Towns of Character, where time has stood still

Moncontour, with its ramparts, town houses and narrow medieval streets, is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, and a stroll around its little streets will soon show you why. In the historic town of Lamballe, you can discover Brittany as it was in the 20th Century, through the paintings of local artist Mathurin Méheut. Then there’s Quintin, the weavers’ town, and Châtelaudren, which used to be the capital of fashion - both classified as 'Petites Cités de caractère' (Small Towns of Character), and prime places to visit.

Balade sur le GR 34

Rambles that bring you close to nature

Walk along the GR 34 long-distance footpath! If you’re a nature-lover, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you'll find the famous hiking routes such as the GR® 34 long-distance footpath, which follows the entire length of the Brittany coastline, or the pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela, setting off from Beauport Abbey and taking you deep into central Brittany. But you can also go walking in the  Saint-Brieuc bay nature reserve, the bird sanctuary at Cap Fréhel, the moors around Lanfains, or around the Chaos of Gouët, where gigantic granite blocks rise up out of the river.

Festival du Bout du Monde

There’s something happening all year!

Here in this region, they don’t just sit around waiting for an excuse to celebrate – they make their own! In April, there’s a scallop festival in Erquy, while over at Saint-Brieuc the Complèt'Mandingue festival features African music. The maritime world descends on Saint-Quay-Portrieux for Les Océaniques, and every other year Paimpol holds a sea-shanty festival. Not forgetting the Art Rock music festival and its rocking chefs. There's also Rock'N Toques, and the Photoreporter festival in Saint-Brieuc, Binic’s ‘Folks Blues Festival’, Quintin’s Fête des Tisserands (Weavers’ Festival) and Festival des Chanteurs de Rue (Street Singers’ Festival), and many more.

Brittany experiences

Things to see, Things to do

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