A unique maritime heritage
Ports and seaside resorts are linked by the GR 34 long-distance footpath, making the abers full of life. Saint-Pabu, for example, is famed for its long beaches of fine sand. Heading away from the Saint-Laurent peninsula, the coastal path takes you to the curiously designed Port du Mazou. Its harbour operates on the principle of wooden stakes. Boats are moored to tree trunks standing in the sand, against a backdrop of picturesque houses. At Lanildut, the ship-owners’ fine residences, often called the corsairs’ houses or Englishmen’s houses, illustrate the port’s prosperity in the 17th and 18th centuries. Nowadays it’s Europe’s number one port for sea-kelp. The village is reviving this activity, which at one time involved building kelp ovens on the shingle. Between May and October, boats unload their cargo of kelp, Brittany’s black gold.