Balade gourmande

Flavours of the sea in the Abers

From April to September

Take a deep breath of sea air in the Abers, in Finistère. Walk on the foreshore, climb to the top of the Ile Vierge and Saint-Mathieu lighthouses, enjoy breath-taking views of the Iroise Sea and taste all its best products: oysters, abalones, seaweed, etc.

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In the morning – Play at adventurers in Pays des Abers

Is the tide low? Then walk to Ile Wrac’h in Plouguerneau. After a lovely 15-minute walk on the foreshore, escorted by crabs and shellfish, you’ll reach this little piece of land bathed in the beautiful ocean light. Discover its beaches and gardens. Visit the exhibition of the moment in the lighthouse. Check your watch though, you need to return three hours after low tide! To enjoy the full picture, go to Ile Vierge and climb the 365 steps in its lighthouse. From there, admire the Abers and the entire coast, from the Batz islands to Ushant. It’s extraordinary!

Read alsoThe abers and the lighthouse trail

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11am – Taste Plouguerneau oysters

Take a seat at the Maison Legris oyster bar on Castel Ac’h beach in Plouguerneau and order a dozen “fine” or “special” oysters. Enjoying these Atlantic oysters facing the sea, close to the Aber Wrac’h oyster farms where they grew, is a true pleasure. Can you detect the little characteristic note of chestnut? The menu contains other gems for seafood fans too, such as periwinkles, seaweed tartares, fish or shellfish rillettes, crayfish, abalones, etc. Enjoy!

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11am – Visit an abalone farm, “the sea truffle”

Did you even know that abalone farming was a thing? This sea mollusc, nestled in a pretty pearly shell, is also nicknamed “sea truffle” due to its scarcity. In Plouguerneau, visit France Haliotis, the only open-sea abalone farm in Europe. Observe spats, discover the secrets of reproduction or the naturally slow-growing rate of this shellfish off the Ile Vierge lighthouse… Here, the abalones are certified organic and are fed on fresh seaweed. Taste the tender flesh sought after by top French chefs and go home with some great recipe ideas!

Only in season – Free tours subject to registration at Office de Tourisme des Abers.

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2.30pm – Discover the seaweed fields of the Iroise Sea

After lunch, head to Lanildut, the largest seaweed unloading port in Europe. Around 35,000 tonnes are collected per year from the Iroise Sea! Enter the Maison de l’algue to learn all about this resource and its economic activity. Discover the incredible variety that exists off the Finistère coast (over 700 different species), how seaweed collecting techniques have changed, the processing methods, etc. After the tour, go to the port to observe seaweed collectors at work. Watching the boats unload is always a good show!

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4.30pm – Tea break facing the Molène archipelago

Treat yourself to afternoon tea with a lovely sea view, at Chenal in Porspoder. It proposes a great menu of black, green white, rooibos and oolong teas, to sip opposite the Molène archipelago and Ushant in a cosy and homely setting. Prices: €€ – €€€

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6pm – Admire the view from the top of Saint-Mathieu lighthouse

Go to Pointe Saint-Mathieu. You’ve reached the end… of this gourmet walk and also the extreme West of France. From the top of the lighthouse with its red lantern, the view, by day, of the cliffs plunging into the Iroise Sea, is astonishing. The icing on the cake: the lighthouse can also be visited at night-time during the summer!

Read alsoLa Pointe Saint-Mathieu

In addition to your gourmet walk

Our shopping ideas

Let yourself be tempted by the lovely smell of “the day’s bakes” at Terre d’Embruns in Brest. Kouign-amann, biscuits, sacristains, financiers, all made with natural, local and high quality products. To take away or eat in.

In Portsall, Algo Mann enhances sea vegetables. Harvested in the Benoit and Ildut abers, wakamé, nori, dulce and other Breton seaweeds are sold in tartares, mustards, etc., or dried to enhance your salads.

Stock up on shellfish – oysters, abalones, cockles, periwinkles, mussels, etc. – at Viviers de Keraliou, in Plougastel-Daoulas, at the tip of Brest bay.

In Plouvien, Elodie and Ronan transform their ewes’ milk into cheese (crottins, palets, tome, brousse, etc.) and yoghurts. On sale directly from Bergerie des Abers. Take advantage to visit the farm!

Validity: from April to September


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