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Top 5 stand-up paddle outings

Glide over the water to discover the loveliest Breton coasts

Combine the pleasure of water sports with the discovery of the coastline. Are you tempted? Try out stand-up paddle boarding for a gentle outing along the coastline and Breton islands. You’ll discover the landscapes of the Gulf of Morbihan, the Pink Granite Coast, the Bay of Morlaix, etc. in a different light. Accessible to everyone and accompanied by a guide, you will reach some little corners of paradise that you never knew existed. Here are five essential outings for fine days!

In the blink of an eye

1. In the bay of Brest, discover the Finistère coast by SUP


Enjoy the wild shores of the Armorica Regional Natural Park, with isolated creeks and steep coasts, from your board. Your coach, Nicolas, will take you to unspoilt places that even boats cannot reach… Numerous routes allow beginners and confirmed paddleboarders to explore the magical confines of the bay of Brest. Embark on a journey to the mysterious boat cemetery in Landévennec, where the gentle lapping of the water seems to lull these striking ships to sleep. From Yelen beach, the sea birds accompany you on a tour of Bindy Island. With a bit of luck, you’ll even see some seals and dolphins in the distance! And if you fancy it, you can paddle in the sunset in an incredible symphony of colours. Budding explorers can even opt for a two-day adventure with a night in a cabin or a hammock on the water’s edge. The feeling of escape is guaranteed!


Where to sleep : La cabane de Robinson in Plougastel-Daoulas

2. The Pink Granite Coast, its rocks and its birds

Ponant Surf School

The Pink Granite Coast is an enchanting setting with its gently eroded rock shapes. Head off to Trestraou beach in Perros-Guirec to meet Alexis Deniel, 2015 stand-up paddle champion of France. After a few minutes of initiation, you’ll set off on a two-hour outing along the coast. Look up and you’ll see a Northern gannet on the horizon… Admire the panoramic view of the Sept Îles archipelago, a nature reserve and home to sea birds. Your instructor will share his knowledge with you. Take a little tour to the clear water creeks and the little islands that cannot be accessed by land… you won’t want to come back.

Ponant Surf School

Where to sleep : Villa Les Hydrangeas in Perros-Guirec

3. Plougasnou through the tides

Surfing Plougasnou

Go to Primel beach to discover the landscapes of Morlaix and Trébeurden bays. You can choose a one-person paddle board, or a giant board for several people. After a few technical tips, the journey starts! You’ll paddle alongside the beaches and pursue the flight of a sea bird… You’ll follow Aaron to places that are visible only when the tide is low, such as the wreckage of the Kalinka in Le Diben port. Out at sea, you’ll glimpse Château du Taureau, and maybe the colony of grey seals that populates the Trégor peninsular. Allow yourself a final break with the sea, the granite rocks and the sunset as a view.

Surfing Plougasnou

Where to sleep : Hôtel du port in Locquirec

4. The Gulf of Morbihan, close to the natural park

Kerners Kayak

Go to the Kerners slipway for a paddling outing across the Gulf of Morbihan. Bruno will accompany you along the rocky coastline of the Rhuys peninsular. From Ile aux Moines to the megalithic site of Er Lannic, you’ll pass between the standing stones to discover the isolated and unspoilt sites that make the spot so beautiful. On the way back, you’ll hear the black geese chattering as you gently glide to Pointe de Kerners.

Kerners kayak

Where to sleep : Hôtel Le Crouesty in Arzon

5. Rothéneuf, an energising haven


Between Besnard Island and the headland, you’ll enter Rothéneuf cove. Standing on your board, at your own pace and guided by Anne, you’ll observe migrating birds: wading boards, herons and egrets.  The outing continues to the ruins, where you can make out a former tide mill, the only one in the region. In the distance, you’ll glimpse Notre-Dame des Flots, a cross erected by sailors. As the cove gradually starts to close up, you’ll hear only the sound of the waves and the boards on the water.


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The “Balades et Randos nautiques” label ensures professional supervision, an activity that respects the environment and quality equipment provided directly on site. Whether you choose to canoe, sail, snorkel or stand up paddle, learn to navigate safely with a specialist.

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