Explore with your eyes… and your feet
Val-André is a 2.5-km fine sandy beach, one of the most beautiful on the North coast. Well oriented, protected from the wind, it radiates a gentle lifestyle. It is bordered by a pedestrian-only dyke. The promenade meets Pointe de la Grande Guette, with a view of Saint-Brieuc bay and Erquy bay.
Other beautiful walks follow Quai des Terre-Neuvas on Dahouët harbour, at the mouth of the Flora, where the corniche path extends as far as Grève des Vallées.
A procession of views and sites accompanies you as you walk along the Emerald Coast. Several manor houses hide between bushy moors and pine forests. Bienassis castle, initially striking with its crenelated walls in Erquy pink granite, has a refined style. Only one original tower still remains, dating from the 15th century. Its current charms date from the 17th century.
An old-school station
Pointe de Pléneuf seduced the Cotard company in 1822. The company purchased land and the first villas were built. With their bow windows, the resort’s residences which extend above the Promenade de la Guette in a chessboard pattern have a very British feel! Facing the end of the headland, Verdelet Island is home to a bird reserve.
Anchored in maritime history
Culminating at 70 m, Pléneuf overlooks Saint-Brieuc bay. Occupied since the Palaeolithic period, the site became Christianised in the 5th century by Saint Symphorien, invoked in cases of drought. In the 14th century, Dahouët harbour, linked to the town, was already a lively port. In 1509, its docks were the departure point for the first sailors who went to Newfoundland. The resort was created in 1882. Frequented in its early days by a bourgeois and wealthy clientèle, it had its heyday post-1936.