The 10 most popular beaches beautiful of Brittany

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Brittany, a region in the extreme north-west of France, is a hilly peninsula that extends towards the Atlantic Ocean. Its long rugged coastline is dotted with seaside towns, such as the refined Dinard or Saint-Malo, walled and built on the rocks in the English Channel. With these premises, it is easy to guess that they are in Brittany dreamy views, unique and wild, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Here are the 10 most beautiful beaches in Brittany!


  1. Les Sables-d'Or-les-Pins, Saint-Brieuc
  2. Plages des Grands Sables, island of Groix
  3. Ploumanac'h Beach, Perros-Guirec
  4. Sables Blancs and Saint-Jean, Douarnenez
  5. Tahiti Beach, Carantec
  6. Beach Trevignon, Trégunc in South Finistère
  7. Great Beach of the Trez, Bénodet
  8. Plage de l'Ile Saint-Nicolas, Concarneau Loctudy
  9. Great Quiberon Beach, Port Maria
  10. Beaches of Lourtuais and Portuais, Erquy
  11. Plan your trip to Brittany: flights, hotels and tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Les Sables-d'Or-les-Pins, Saint-Brieuc

The beach of Les Sables d'Or in Sables-d'Or-les-Pins is in Cotes d'Armor in northern Brittany. The fine sand glows with golden glow when the sun's rays illuminate it, hence the name. Close to the magnificent golden beach, there are attractions such as the famous cliffs of Cap Frehel.

Not far from there, the port of Erquy, which inspired the authors of Asterix and Obelix to draw the famous village of Gaul!

  • Where it is: Cotes d'Armor in northern Brittany. 2,4 km from Plurien and 4,6 km from Frèhel; easily reachable from both locations in a few minutes by car or with a nice walk - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: golden sand

2 - Plages des Grands Sables, island of Groix

Located on the island of Groix in Brittany, La Grande sandy beach has its own peculiarity. IS' the only convex beach in Europe. Its vastness offers an exquisite feeling of freedom. Its fine sand, which reflects all shades from garnet to white, advances into the transparent waters.

Opposite the Pointe des Chats, the exquisite beach of Sables-Rouges is tinged with garnet. Then the coast becomes wild but Poulziorec is a true lagoon of calm, at the foot of a steep path. A true paradise!

  • Where it is: on the southern coast of Brittany opposite the island of Groix. 4 miles from Lorient 45 minute crossing - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and excursions
  • Type: White sand

3 - Ploumanac'h Beach, Perros-Guirec

Ploumanac'h is located on the Pink Granite coast. This seaside resort, famous for the beauty of its landscapes composed of stones carved over millions of years by the sea and the wind, is located between Trestraou beach and the town of Trégastel.

The coastal path that reaches Pors-Rolland is a beautiful walk that allows you to discover the tip of this small town, an itinerary considered one of the most beautiful in the region, especially at sunset. The beaches of Ploumanac'h are undoubtedly among the most beautiful on the Pink Granite coast and offer unique and picturesque views.

In the same district, many tourists do they also relax on the Bastille beach, a cove near the port, and on that of the Anse Saint-Guirec, very picturesque with its large pink rocks in the middle of the sea.

  • Where it is: on the north-west side of Brittany, in the stretch of coast known as Granito Rosa. 2,9 km from La Clartè and 3,7 km from Saint Quay Perros. Easily reachable from La Clartè in 5 minutes by car or with a half hour walk. Bus service is also available, lines E and Le Macareux: departures every 2 hours and 20 minutes - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: white sand and pink granite rocks

4 - Sables Blancs and Saint-Jean, Douarnenez

In Douarnenez, city ​​of the three ports (Rosmeur, the great port for sardine fishing, Port-Rhû, with its museum and its collection of old sailing ships and Tréboul, the marina), the choice of beaches is wide.

That of Sables Blancs and that of Saint-Jean are the most palatable. The first is the most popular due to the proximity of numerous tourist residences; the second, with a wilder aspect with its marine cemetery on the heights and the nearby cliffs, is full of charm. The bay of Douarnenez is well sheltered and renowned for the practice of water sports.

One is recommended in the area stroll along the Plomarc'h path, an old abandoned fishing and artisan village and Tristan Island (300 meters from the shore) easily accessible at low tide.

  • Where it is: Douarnenez, on the north-west coast, about twenty kilometers north of Quimper, at the bottom of the bay that separates the Crozon peninsula - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, sport
  • Type: white sand and cliffs

5 - Tahiti Beach, Carantec

The beach of Tahiti, as is easily understood, owes its name to resemblance to the famous island of Polynesia, and is the most exotic of Brittany. From this beach you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the castle of Toro, a fort built in the open sea to protect the entrance to the bay of Morlaix. Landscape worthy of a postcard.

Thaiti Beach is a pure jewel in that, being difficult to access, is preserved from overcrowding. Leave the vehicle in a small parking lot under the pines and with a picnic area located at the end of the Pen al Lan road. From there you take one of the coastal paths, the choice is vast. The path overlooking the beach is splendid: facing north-east, it is not the most exposed to sunlight nor the least windy.

  • Where it is: Carantec, in north Finistère. It is not very easy to find the beach, better to have a GPS! The simplest solution is to take the route des Plages de Ramatuelle and turn onto the route des Moulins; this leads to the southern area of ​​Tahiti beach. ATTENTION: the beach is also called Pampelonne beach La Capilla - Le Pinet - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand

6 - Beach Trevignon, Trégunc in Finistère Sud

Beach Trevignon, located in the town of Trégunc in South Finistère, is ideal for swimming and relaxing in the sun. A small white sand beach lapped by waters that take on a wonderful turquoise color from the first rays of the sun. the ideal place to relax, sunbathe and swim!

recommended a trip to the nearby Pointe de Trevignon, a particularly typical place with numerous and large beaches, ponds and dunes. Every day, around 17 pm, the ships return to the small fishing port and a direct sale takes place.

  • Where it is: Trégunc, in South Finistère. Reachable from the city in 10 minutes by car. Bus line 13B is also available (20 minutes journey) to Plage De Peuren and from there continue for 1 km on foot - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand

7 - Great Beach of Trez, Bénodet

The Trez beach in Bénodet is there main beach of this Breton resort. Beautiful sandy bay that stretches for about 600 meters in a wonderful position facing the Glénan archipelago, at the point where the odet, one of the most beautiful rivers in France, meets the open sea. Well served and full of services. Supervised during the summer season (July and August) and equipped for disabled people. Possibility to rent cabins, summer camp for children and inflatable games.

In the south are the casino and the Bénodet thalassotherapy center. In the area closest to the port there are a nautical center and two ramps for launching the boats. Several parking spaces available.

  • Where it is: Bénodet, on the southern tip of Brittany, in the heart of the Breton Riviera. Very close to the town center, only 500 meters, within walking distance - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, sport
  • Type: golden sand

8 - Plage de l'Ile Saint-Nicolas, Concarneau Loctudy

The beach on the island of Saint-Nicolas, part of the Glénan archipelago, outside Concarneau Loctudy, Finistere, is considered the treasure of Brittany. A real paradise that offers everything! The Glénan archipelago consists of seven islets around an inland sea with transparent waters, with white sandy beaches that recall the paradisiacal landscapes of tropical countries. A daydream! The Glénan Islands are also known for the Center international de plongée (International Diving Center) and the world famous Nautical Center.

You can hike to the top of the Île Saint-Nicolas, from where the view on the inland sea (called la Chambre) and on the whole coast, is magnificent. The Glénan narcissus is a characteristic species of the archipelago. A unique flower in the world: beautiful white and odorless flowers, plants from 15 to 40 centimeters in height. A nature reserve has been specially created on the island of Saint Nicolas to protect it. This lagoon is a haven of peace and a rare gem in Brittany.

  • Where it is: Glénan archipelago, outside Concarneau Loctudy, Finistere. Reach Pointe De Trevignon with your own vehicle or bus line 13B and then embark to reach the island in 15 minutes - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, sport
  • Type: White sand

9 - Great Quiberon beach, Port Maria

Located at the tip of the Quiberon peninsula, opposite Belle-Ile-sur-Mer, the seaside resort of Quiberon is one of the most renowned in Morbihan and southern Brittany. Its proximity to the côte sauvage (the wild coast) makes it a top destination, which allows you to alternate the pleasure of walking with sunbathing on the great beaches of Quiberon.

The beach most beautiful and popular is located right in the city center, next to the port (Port-Maria). Oriented to the south, it offers a beautiful stretch of sand and the possibility of swimming at both low and high tide. In summer there is a constant coming and going of boats reaching Belle-Ile-sur-Mer and in high season access to the Quiberon peninsula is very difficult. It is not advisable to use the car to come to Quiberon beaches during the day; we recommend the Tire-Bouchon, a small train that runs between Auray and Quiberon.

  • Where it is: southern Brittany, Quiberon peninsula, facing Belle-Ile-sur-Mer. Accessible with the comfortable Tire-Bouchon, a shuttle train that runs between Auray and Quiberon - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: golden sand

10 - Beaches of Lourtuais and Portuais, Erquy

The seaside resort of Erquy is one summer destination suitable for families. It is highly regarded for its bountiful nature characterized by pink sandstone cliffs covered with heath and heather.

The beaches of Erquy are indeed among the most beautiful in Brittany. Most are located in the north, between the Cap d'Erquy and the port of les Hôpitaux. The best are the beaches of Lourtuais and Portuais, hidden in beautiful coves within a protected site. They can be reached on foot (10 to 30 minutes walk). Morning and evening give the best of themselves for the exceptional light!

With the Cap d'Erquy and its numerous equipped paths, which offer spectacular views of the coast, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful destinations of Brittany. In the surroundings of Erquy there are numerous interesting places, such as the famous Cap Fréhel.

  • Where it is: west coast, 3,5 km from Erquy. Reachable in 5 minutes by car or a 30 minute walk - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand

Plan your trip to Brittany: flights, hotels and tours

Wild cliffs, rocky coasts, moorlands, mysterious woods. The natural heritage of Brittany is extraordinary and every year it attracts many tourists. But that's not all, the region is full of fascinating legends and boasts an important architectural heritage.

Alitalia / CAI and Air France, with their national partners, operate direct flights to the airports of Rennes (from Turin or Milan), and Nantes (from Rome and Naples). Rates for August from € 120,00 to € 300,00. Also consider the TGV, the French high-speed train (change in Paris). To explore the region is car rental recommended, quite expensive: from € 236,00 a week. If you are leaving with your own car, the fastest way, after crossing the border, is the highway to Paris. And then follow the signs for A11 towards Rennes (Milan-Rennes 1.200 km).

As for accommodation, you can find traditional chambres d'hôtes and classic hotels. The Breton style is a bit rural and the structures are simple. Average rate in August € 80,00 per room per night. There are cheap campsites by the sea. Finally, in Brittany you can eat well without spending a lot: 3-course menu, € 25,00. For lunch, gallettes and baguettes are the cheapest option.

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