Discover Névez, from Port Manech to Raguenez
Granite, crowned with a thatched or slate roof, blue shutters, hydrangeas… these are some of the things that make these little Breton hamlets so delightful. The hamlets of Kerascoët and Kercanic have a very special feature: houses constructed from tall blocks of stone, known as pierre debout(upright stones) or mein zaoin Breton. From the 17th to early 20th centuries, stonemasons used to extract wide slabs of stone from neighbouring quarries, accessible only at low tide. Placed upright and stuck firmly into the ground, the granite slabs could be built into house walls and fences at a great speed. You’ll see this picturesque style of architecture all along your way.
Harbours and treasures where land meets sea
Not far from the thatched houses are harbours, mills and fountains nestling amongst the greenery, all accessible via the country lanes and the GR 34 long-distance footpath. A 15th century tide mill sitting on the water at Hénan adds the finishing touch to this beautiful site. On the west bank of the river Aven you’ll see the harbour at Kerdruc, with its colourful outbuildings sheltered by the rocks. At dawn and dusk, soft rays of sunshine play among the yachts, little boats and fishing vessels. Opposite is Rosbras, which is just as pretty. You can walk there if you like – or trystand-up paddle boarding!