Beach of Locquirec in France
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Atlantic ocean coast in Brittany
Port et mairie de Binic
France, Finistère (29), Primel-Tregastel, pointe de Primel
RHA-841-1110 - © - Tuul
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street old Breton town Treguier, France
Exploring the unmissable sites from St-Brieuc to Morlaix
A cycling route along a wild and steep coast, beaten by the winds and the sea following the Velomaritime®. The Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast), the Armorique coast, pretty fishing and yachting ports in St-Quay-Portrieux, Paimpol, Ploumanac’h, coves, charming bays in Trégastel and Trébeurden. Vast beaches of fine sand, Grève de St-Michel, towns of character such as Tréguier, Perros-Guirec and Morlaix… numerous interesting stops await in Northern Brittany, a land of legends. Inland, you can also explore a more rural Brittany of agriculture and market gardening, along well signposted minor roads or greenways, free from traffic. And there’s plenty of invigorating iodine!
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One last look at the beautiful timber-framed houses of Saint-Brieuc’s old quarter and it’s time to leave. The route runs along the bay, with a slight climb: a viaduct allows you to cross the Parfond. In the lovely little port of Binic, a small climb leads you to the famous Saint-Quay-Portrieux beaches. The Plouha cliffs, the highest in Brittany, the cove of Bréhec and the panorama of Berjul (reached after one last climb), all offer splendid views. Finally, the Beauport Abbey (13th century) acts as a beautiful entry point to Paimpol.
Leaving Paimpol, cross the Trieux estuary via the suspension bridge: the view is pretty, but be careful as the cycle lane is narrow. In Lézardrieux, you can admire the bell tower, so typical of this rural peninsula. Further along, you can enjoy the Garden of Kerdalo: beautifully arranged, it offers a pretty view of the Jaudy estuary and Tréguier, where, the Cathedral Saint-Tugdual and its cloister are delightful, as are the narrow ancient streets of the old centre. From here you can head directly to Perros-Guirec.
This stage of your journey is beautiful. Set off from Perros-Guirec to resume your itinerary. In Trégastel, you’ll find an 18th century water mill on the dike and a lovely view over Ploumanac’h. Tempted by an early morning swim on the beautiful Tourony beach? Seamlessly, you can go from prehistory (Kerguntuil’s Covered Alley) to the 21st century (all the attractions of Cité des Telecoms in Pleumeur-Bodou). In Trébeurden, Castel or Pointe de Bihit, pretty sandy beaches are ideal for a swim before you head to Lannion and its pretty old houses in the centre of town.
MyTripTailor Tip: This stage covers the Pink Granite Coast. It’s short, with some raidards, but take detours to get closer to the shore. It’s rugged, with magical colours and rocks beaten into intriguing and amusing forms by the winds and the sea, a genuine wonder.
In Ploumilliau, which you can reach from quieter roads via Lannion, the polychrome carved wooden panels of the church are remarkable. Walk along the vast beach in Saint-Michel-en-Grève and, at the foot of the Grand Rocher, climb to the top (on foot) to admire the view of Locquirec bay. The steep, wild coastline offers beautiful views of Plougasnou. Without forgetting the parish close of St-Jean-du-Doigt which is beautiful.
An absolute must in Primel-Trégastel is the walk to Pointe de Primel where the panoramic view overlooks the chaos of pink rocks. Then, little by little, the bay of Morlaix, one of the most beautiful in France, begins to emerge with every turn of your wheels. After Térénez, you can take a 2km detour to admire the imposing Cairn de Barnénez. Follow the coastline and you will eventually arrive in the pretty oyster-farming port of Dourduff-en-Mer before reaching Morlaix where you can explore the houses in Pondalez.
MyTripTailor Tip: Take your time on this final leg. It’s short, and takes you the way back at the end of the day. But you could choose to spend the evening in Morlaix, maybe enjoying some oysters, or go and admire the incredible sunset over the bay!
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