Brittany The Cote de Granit Rose

Brittany, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

Apr - Sep


Price

£ 575.00 pp


Duration

5 nights


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This is a remarkably beautiful coastline just across the water from England, quite different from the rest of Brittany.

The Cote de Granit Rose (pink granite coast)  is a remarkably beautiful coastline just across the water from England, quite different from the rest of Brittany.  This  beautiful stretch of rocky coast, an incredible pink colour edged with turquoise sea and fine sandy beaches, is a great place to walk for people of all abilities.

Famous for its ‘chaos’ of pink granite, there is plenty to enjoy on this holiday from a short cruise around the Sept Iles and the beaches of the artist town of Perros-Guirec to the sea-mill at Tregastel and the charming town of Lannion.  The area also has a rich biodiversity and one of the first clinics to help birds affected by oil slicks was opened at Trébeurden.

 

Price:

£575 per person sharing a room.   £625.00 per person in July and August.

£140.00 single room supplement   £190.00 per person in July and August

 

 

Included:

  • 5 nights accommodation in rooms with private bathrooms
  • Breakfast each morning and dinner each evening.
  • taxi transfer on first walking day
  • Luggage transfer between overnight stops.
  • Cruise around the Sept Iles
  • Local back-up
  • Local taxes

 

Not Included:

Meals and transfers not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks and lunches.

 

Departures:

Departures every day from 1 April to 30 September

Day 1: Arrival Lannion

Lannion is a port town spread out along the river Leguer with the Monastery of St Anne dominating a large area on the southern side of the river and the heart of the historical town on the northern side.  Walk through the medieval historical centre, enjoy a drink in an outdoor cafe on one of the small squares before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Lannion – Perros Guirec – Ploumanac’h   10km / 6.2 miles

You will be collected after breakfast and taken to the village of Ploumanac’h, a delightful seaside resort that lie in this surreal rockscape of glistening rose-tinted crags, cliffs and misshapen boulders.  Walk from the main beach and follow the Sentier des Douaniers, the former customs officers’ path, enjoying the soft dreamlike shapes of the rocks, glowing with ruddy warmth as the sun goes down, past an edge-of-the-world lighthouse, as well as countless little hidden bays. The coastal footpath, part of the long-range GR34 hiking trail, leads to the town of Perros-Guirec.  Continue through the protected wooded Vallée des Traouïero.   Enjoy a two hour cruise around the beautiful Sept Iles Sept-Îles seabird sanctuary, where seven craggy islands shelter species including puffins – present between March and July – gannets, and guillemots.  Overnight Ploumanac’h

 

Day 3: Ploumanac’h – Kerenoc 19 kms/11.8 miles

The walk continues along the Coast of Granite Rose to the village of Tregastel,  a small seaside village  in two parts a couple of kilometres apart: the historic village to the east and the coastal resort of Trégastel Plage to the west.  The village has some lovely architecture and a pleasant beach – the Quay St Ann. On the shore be sure to take a look at the tidal mill, an eco-friendly mill dating from the early 18th century.  Enjoy the ‘semi island Ile Renote – a little peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow sandy isthmus – this beautiful unspoilt area is truly magnificent.  Overnight Kérénoc

 

Day 4:  Kerenoc – Trebeurden 23 kms /14.3 miles

The walk continues along the coast path – passing the massive menhir of St Uzec – at least 6 metres tall but christianised with a granite cross on top and carvings on its front face showing scenes from the bible.  This dates from 1674 when the nearby chapel was built.  It is possible to visit the Ornithological centre on the Ile Grande and the space and telecommunications museum and bronze-age gallery  Pleumeur Bodou.  Overnight Trebeurden.

 

Day 5: Trebeurden – Lannion 18 kms/11.2 miles
The final days walk from Trebeurden, takes you to the  Cote des Bruyeres and along the River Lannion to our hotel in the centre.  Dinner and overnight Lannion.

 

Day 6:  Departure after breakfast.

Accommodation

5 nights in family run hotels.  2 nights in 2 star hotels, 3 nights in 3 star hotels.

 

Getting there:

By plane: Flybe have direct flights from Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton to Brest.  Direct train from Brest takes 1h30, with a change 2 hours.

Flybe fly from Exeter, Manchester and Southampton to Rennes – train two hours from Rennes

By train: Train from Paris to Lannion takes between 3.5 hours and 4 hours depending on the train.

By car: Brittany Ferries (0871 244 0744; brittany-ferries.co.uk) sails year round from Portsmouth to St-Malo (one overnight crossing daily; 9hr 30 min–11hr), and from Plymouth to Roscoff (one–two daily; 6–8hr). Return rates for a car with two passengers range from about £180–450. Lannion is roughly 60 miles east of Roscoff, and 115 miles west of St-Malo.

 

Local Market days 

  • Trebeurden: market Tuesday
  • Tregastel: market Monday – seasonal market only
  • Lannion: market Thursday
  • Locquirec: market Wednesday
  • Perros-Guirec: market Friday
  • Plestin-les-Greves: market Sunday
  • Plougasnou: market Tuesday
  • Plouaret: market Tuesday
  • Penvenan: market Saturday
  • Treguier: market Wednesday