Islands to discover peacefully
The islands in Morlaix bay have many poetic names, such as Ile aux Dames (ladies’ island), Ile Verte (green island), Enfer (devil’s island) and Paradis! Infused with an atmosphere from the early 20th century, with flowers aplenty, the Carantec peninsula will win you over at once. Take time to have a walk on Ile Callot, reserved for pedestrians. You can get there via a sand and pebble path that is revealed with the tide is low. But be careful of the tide times if you want to come back dry!
What do the novelist Alexandre Dumas fils, Marshal Foch and the stylist Nina Ricci have in common? The resort of Carantec! In the 1900s, they all loved to come to this seaside resort, which was one of the most sought-after on the coast with beautiful properties and palaces. Today it is a family resort. Its beaches, sheltered from the wind, are ideal for trying out water sports and diving.
Not far away, Plougasnou also attracted the Parisian intelligentsia in the early 20th century. The architecture of the alluring villas bears witness to this time. In Locquirec, Grand Hôtel des Bains tops the bill! This superb building with wooded grounds was used for the film “Holiday hotel”.
Tahiti? In Brittany? No, you aren’t dreaming! It’s the name of the beach that borders the Penn-Al-Lann peninsula. Opposite, close to the coast, Louët island can be recognised by its lighthouse. The small lighthouse keeper’s house with garden is the only dwelling on the island. Next door, Château du Taureau, which has been a place of defence, a state prison, a smart property owned by the Vilmorin family in the early 20th century and a sailing school, is now a museum which can be visited.
Between the stones and the sea
Discover the coast on SUP or on foot on the Sentier des Douaniers for other surprises. Close to the fishing village of Locquirec and its beach huts, a headland leads to the surprising site of Roche Tombée. A warm shelter on the peninsula, within reach of the hiking paths, the café-bookshop-grocery store, Caplan & Co, is an ideal place to stop to dream. This is where people, locals and tourists, come to gather seafood. On the wild Plougasnou coast, Pointe de Primel standing stone rises above the seascape. You’ll want to come back here!