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Natural escapade in Brittany in the middle of winter5 weekend ideas for a breath of fresh air

Natural escapade in Brittany in the middle of winter

As winter sets in, it’s the ideal time for some great walking in Brittany, on the beaches or on the trails. Are you ready for a feel-good jaunt? We invite you to go off track amidst unspoilt nature. To breathe in the fresh air. Your taste buds and senses will be stimulated, you’ll feel inspired and happy as you enjoy these moments of well-being. Immediate boarding for a fix of winter nature in western Brittany.

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In Paimpol, enjoy the delights of the foreshore and the star mollusc of winter

It’s a small pleasure but it creates a feeling of incredible luxury. It makes you feel very important and lucky. What’s the recipe? Start with a walk on the beach at low tide, in the cool and pale winter light. Soak up the atmosphere as you collect sea shells and seafood. Then take a little break in a warm bistro before heading to the market and the fish stall. The scallops here are excellent. Return to your accommodation with your pearly treasure. Fry a knob of butter in the pan, add a pinch of fleur de sel and you’ll be promised a moment of unique delight that melts in the mouth.

Where to sleep: Les Petites maison Arin in Paimpol

There’s no need to wait for summer to enjoy the soothing and invigorating virtues of the ocean. Contemplate the water and listen to the waves …the palpitation of life is omnipresent.

Ushant, the possibility of an island

Your mission, if you accept it, is to put your boots on and set sail for Ushant. There’s no need to wait for summer to enjoy the soothing and invigorating virtues of the ocean! Contemplate the water, listen to the waves… the palpitation of life is omnipresent. Everything encourages you to let go on this lighthouse island. With the Stiff radar tower designed by Prouvé, the concert hall/associative area brought back to life by Yann Tiersen, and its creators teeming with new ideas, Ushant is the place to be! At the day’s end, cosy up and enjoy the view in a warm and snug atmosphere, even more so when it’s blowing a wintry gale, to feel invigorated and ready for spring!

Chemin des créateurs in Ushant

Where to sleep: Roc’h Ar Mor

Back on land, head off to La Roche aux Fées

The sun shines timidly, but it’s enough to make your legs restless. A camellia bud emerges through the frost; a great tit visits the feeder. Take a walk on one of the trails of La Roche aux Fées close to the finest dolmen in Brittany or the River Semnon. On the way back, take a detour through the neighbouring farm for some milk fresh from the cow, then grab a blanket, something to read and a rich and creamy hot chocolate and settle by the fireplace! It’s all part of the winter well-being ritual. Experience how nature does not isolate you from the world, but quite the opposite, reconnects you with what really matters. Take time, that’s all. 

Where to sleep: La clé des champs in Martigné-Ferchaud

Let the sun shine… at CapLan & Co

Head to the northern Finistère, just to the east. Enjoy a coffee. Add some books, lots of books, for every age and every taste. Order the Greek dish. Play table football, relax and let the magic work… You are at CapLan & Co, a café–bookshop like no other. Okay, we’ll be honest with you. There’s a dilemma. Should you choose your book first? Or drink first? Should you start with a stroll on Poul-Rodou beach – or through the heathers and gorses on the Beg ar Fry circuit, with a breath-taking view and slight climb that will warm up your calf muscles? Ask the Highland cows, the long-haired Scottish cows that graze peacefully in front of Trobodec Mill. What’s that you say? You don’t want to leave? Well neither do we!

Circuit of Beg an Fry        Café–librairie CapLan & Co

Where to sleep: Hôtel restaurant du port in Locquirec

Relaxing moment at Domaine de Tréouzien : I chill out therefore I am!

When it’s frosty and foggy, cycling on the Pointe du Raz – Pointe de Penmarc’h cycle route is good. On foot, strolling along the GR®34 towards Cap Sizun, is really good too. Ending the day with an unrivalled moment of relaxation and taking time out in your swimwear is even better! At Domaine de Tréouzien, in addition to a cosy room with private hot tub, you can also take a swim in the indoor pool heated to 30 degrees all year round. You can also enjoy a moment of utter relaxation in the well-being space with spa and sauna, followed by a little massage. After that, if you really want to set off again for a walk to the little port of Port Poulhan or to the archaeological site of Menez Dregan… we’ll just have to follow you!

Where to sleep: Domaine de Tréouzien in Plouhinec

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