An endless landscape, between two rocky headlands
The long chain of dunes stretches in a continuous line for 35 km, with a rocky headland at each end. From one peninsula to the other, the Grand Site of Gâvres-Quiberon gives you a sense of infinity. Covering 2,500 hectares, this is the largest natural area on Brittany’s coast. You’ll find several kinds of dunes: shifting dunes that change with the wind and tides, grey dunes covered with scrubby vegetation, and raised dunes on Quiberon’s Wild Coast. The outlines of the Île de Groix and Belle-île-en-Mer rise from the sea, which is everywhere. In the hinterland are lakes and mudflats, which contribute to the ecological wealth of the dunes. Around 700 plant species cover the area with a thousand colours: shy violets, pink sea thrift and yellow-green Liparis loeselii, a rare orchid… Can you smell something spicy? That’s the scent of the curry plant. Did you hear a shrill, rolling whistle? It’s the song of the Kentish plover running across the foreshore. A natural spectacle you’ll never grow tired of.