Secret bathing spots with white sand and turquoise water
Hidden amongst the rocks are lots of pretty creeks with magical names: Les Oiseaux, Les Pyramides, La Roche Percée… Some run for dozens of metres, some would fit in your pocket, but they’re all perfect for families, couples or solitary souls. You usually need to walk or cycle a bit to reach them, but your efforts are well rewarded. Diving into the clear waters and letting yourself be lulled by the lapping of the waves is a pleasure you’ll never tire of. You can round off your time on the beach with a siesta under the pine trees, a picnic at the water’s edge, or maybe some exploring amongst the rocks.
See the sea in wide-screen mode
Kerler beach, with its long strip of fine sand, is just the place for you if you like wide open spaces. It slopes down gently and has amazing views of the Glénan archipelago. Or you might prefer to take your parasol to the legendary Les Dunes beach, with sea and sand as far as the eye can see and bordered by Marram grass. For families and teenagers, Maner Coat Clévarac and Kerambigorn are favourite spots to spread out your beach towel and enjoy activities like beach volleyball, beach football and beach tennis. After a day on the beach, the entertainment carries on in the hotels and beautiful villas in the seaside resort of Beg-Meil.
Paradise for shellfish gatherers!
When the sea goes out, the tides change the whole landscape, leaving the foreshore exposed. That means it’s time for the whole family to grab spades and rakes and follow the nature guides for a morning’s shellfish gathering. There are lots of cockles and clams just beneath the surface of the sand at Mousterlin. But it doesn’t really matter what you gather, because you’re guaranteed to come back with big smiles and lungs full of 100% fresh air. When the tide starts coming back in, it’s time to get cooking!
Paths that link sea, rocks and nature
The coast of South Finistère has a surprise up its sleeve in the form of a natural beauty spot that’s unique in Europe: a 120-hectare stretch of polder land consisting of a mosaic of sand dunes, water channels, water meadows and reed beds. Follow the nine-kilometre discovery trail, signposted in orange, to see a magnificent panorama, with herons, water hens and cormorants flying overhead. Or take a guided tour to discover all its secrets. This enjoyable walk can be extended by continuing along the GR 34 long-distance footpath that will take you on the Customs Officers’ Path, which has a series of viewpoints over Forest Bay. You can pick out some beautiful houses between the pine trees, with the Atlantic ocean as a stunning background.
La Forêt-Fouesnant, rear base to offshore racing
Yachts, catamarans, fishing vessels etc. offer a lively and ever-changing spectacle from Port-la Forêt; the meeting point of all the seafarers whether they are pleasure boaters, fishermen or professional skippers training in the bay for offshore racing. According to your mood, you can let your feet lead the way along footpaths to the old harbour, to the majestic church made out of granite or to chapels, hamlets, mills, cairns, manors, wash houses; all little gems peppered throughout the countryside.