Napoleon’s Hat, the Lovers’ Hideaway, the Mushroom… The imposing, pink granite rocks between Trestraou and Saint-Guirec beaches are world-famous. Some of them are more than 20 metres high! They are 300 million years old and stretch over an area of 25 hectares, forming a dazzling backdrop.
Perros-Guirec, a family seaside resort and watersports base
Perros, or ‘Pen-Ros’ in Breton, means ‘top of the mound’. It’s a true peninsula with an attractive blend of scenic coastal roads (‘corniches’) and fine sandy beaches. A lively resort, known for its sustainable development efforts, Perros is also an excellent place to practise watersports, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. The historic town centre is home to traditional seaside villas and the church of Saint-Jacques, one of the rare examples of Romanesque architecture in Brittany. From the harbour you can set off for the seven islands archipelago – the Sept-Îles – one of France’s most important bird reserves.
Towards Trégastel and Trébeurden
If you go a little further west you come to Trégastel with its 12 sandy beaches. As well as several important megalithic remains and some delightful chapels, you can see the Grand Traouïro tidal mill. Along the coast are picturesque sites with poetic names to brighten up your walk, such as the Grève des Curés (Priests’ Beach) and Grève Rose (Pink Beach), the rocky block field on the île aux Lapins (Isle of Rabbits), the ‘Tortoise Rock’ and the ‘Death’s Head Rock’. When you get to Trébeurden, a former sardine port at the entrance to Lannion Bay, continue to the Pointe de Bihit headland. At low tide you can cross to the nearby Milliau island. A wild and magical place, which takes about an hour to walk around, it has a Celtic gallery grave that’s about 3,000 years old.