Are you familiar with the natural parks of Brittany? The Golfe du Morbihan, the marais de Brière, the territoire d’Armorique or the mer d’Iroise are all fragile nature reserves, where the balance between human activity and rich diversity must be protected. Travel through those spaces with total piece of mind and fully enjoy the varied landscapes; turquoise waters, cliffs, large wooded meadows as well as the numerous species (seals, dolphins, migratory birds etc) which live within them.
The Armorique area is an ideal playground which can be discovered by boat, on a bike, by foot or on the back of a horse or a donkey. The 500km-long circuit leads you, according to your whims and your level of fitness, for leisurely walks around the park through vast stretches of moorland, forests, sunken lanes and coastal footpaths. Discover the Monts d’Arrée – one of the highest summits in Brittany – where the stone peaks are set amongst heathland and gorse; the îles d’Iroise, Ouessant, Sein et Molène with the most authentic island atmosphere as well as the Crozon peninsular whose contrasting landscape of pine forests, colourful flora and charming little creaks invites you to experience travel and total escapism. Discover the vallée de l’Aulne and the rade de Brest which hosts a range of abers (Fraou, Camfrout, anse de Kerouillé) which are typical of Brittany. Throughout your stroll, admire the exceptional viewpoints over the Cap de la Chèvre, the Menez Hom, the Bélvédère de Landevennec or even over the Pointe du Bendy.
The first French maritime park has got everything to seduce you thanks to a heady mix of exceptional maritime heritage and enchanting landscapes comprising dunes, cliffs, archipelagos, heathland and rocky bottoms. It offers visitors an active discovery space of 3,500 m². As a family or with friends, let yourself be tempted by nautical outings by surf, kayak or windsurf among the Iroise islands. You might, by chance, come across a grey seal or a colony of dolphins! Those sea mammals, like a lot of other species, seek refuge in this park.
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3. The Regional Natural Park of the Golfe du Morbihan
Set amongst little stony creaks on the Golfe side, sandy beaches on the Atlantic side and woodlands inland, the “Mor Bihan” – “small sea” in the Breton language – is full of surprises. Take the time to wander inland and discover the built heritage of the region as well as the heart of its countryside. Want an original way to discover the Golfe du Morbihan and its inlets? Why not hire a kayak or try out the stand up paddle! During your stay in the natural reserve, make sure you visit the Cairn de Gavrinis. A true journey back in time through to the Neolithic period, the site houses a dolmen whose galleries are adorned with superb engravings.
Ramblers, cyclists and riders, come and discover the salt marshes of Brière! At the heart of the Guérande peninsula, reed beds and water reservoirs meet rural woodland spaces. 700 km of developed and purpose-built itineraries and 19 different circuits enable you to get close to the natural diversity of the park. Want an outing with a bit more originality? Why not set off on a barge? This black boat, navigated with a pole, will lead you through a vast stretch of canals and wetlands to your greatest delight! If you plan to visit the park between June and September, you might want to find out, in advance, from the Maison du Parc de Brière what the water levels of the salt marshes are.
A Parc Naturel Régional (PNR) is an area of exceptional natural beauty with a fragile ecosystem which the Government has decided to classify and protect; both to promote it but also to address fundamental sustainability concerns regarding it. PNRs commit, together with the parishes they encompass, to take part in environmentally-friendly projects, to promote know-how and anchor them into the local area as well as to contribute to the economic and societal development of the surrounding community.