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August 7, 2019

The beaches of Dinard!

Ok so let’s talk about beaches as we are in full swing of summer in my belle France! Beaches with boys I have been to several all over the hexagone; and lately base in Brittany, I had my sandful of them! As we are in a peninsula , tuck in with wonderful creeks and bays we are literally surrounded by wonderful beautiful beaches.

I like to tell you a bit more or more like a pictorial of the beaches of Dinard.

The town of  Dinard is situated in the Ille-et-Vilaine department 35 of the region of Brittany/Bretagne. The seaside resort of Dinard is located on the Emerald Coast, close to the limit with the Côtes-d’Armor (dept 22) and the city of Saint-Malo (where the Rance makes the separation). This is the tidal power plant of the Rance, located in the village of La Richardais, a technological feat of the 1960s and a tourist attraction, which connects Dinard and Saint-Malo. Dinard is the first seaside resort in France to safeguard its architectural heritage of the late 19C by classifying 407 villas and buildings. The rest of the history can be found in my previous posts on Dinard.

The town has four main beaches with a monitoring station and seasonal equipment; these are Port-Blanc, also located in the town of Saint-Lunaire, along which is located the municipal campsite; Saint-Énogat, located near the old district of Saint-Énogat; L’Ecluse, main beach of the city near the city center; the casino, the Olympic heated seawater swimming pool, the convention center, are located along this beach; and the Prieuré  at the eastern end of the Clair de Lune promenade.

The one we go the most and really enjoy as one of the best beaches here is the L’Ecluse or lock. A bit of history I like

It was at the initiative of Edouard Legros  that established mobile huts on the banks of the Ecluse for sea-bathing. In a petition addressed to the prefect, he sought permission to create on this beach, below the height of the plans of mars, a fixed hut and a furnace necessary for the exploitation of its establishment. He then undertakes to demolish his work at the first requisition. Authorization is granted for a period of 9 years from July 1, 1859. Each cabin contains a bench and a tub of warm water, essential to warm up after the bath taken to the blade. These therapeutic structures, which are more oriented towards the bathers than to the purists, offer many services to their clientele: rental of cabins, bathing suits, towels and other small beach equipment. The rest is history, the best beach in Dinard and the area.

Dinard

Dinard

that is st Malo and Ft National ahead from Ecluse beach

Another nice beach is that at Saint-Enogat which is the historical center of Dinard. By the way, until 1879, the official name of the town was Saint-Enogat. The Saint-Enogat Beach benefits from a very well equipped beach. It offers a beautiful view of the islets, rocks, forts that guard the entrance to the port of Saint-Malo.

Dinard

Dinard

 

And last for me is the Prieuré Beach located in front of the beautiful Port Breton Park. When the sea is low, its seawater pool allows you to swim without getting away from your towel. The young can paddle at leisure and the older ones indulge in swimming.

Dinard

Dinard

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Dinard on its beaches in French

Tourist office of Dinard on the Ecluse beach in English

My favorite site on beaches Plages tv on dinard’s beaches in English

There you go another wonderful spot to spend your summers in beautiful Brittany or Bretagne, up north indeed and still great beach fronts to enjoy with the whole family. Enjoy the beaches of Dinard!

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

August 7, 2019

The beaches of Quiberon!

So I have written bits and pieces in several posts about them but never one dedicated to the wonderful beaches of Quiberon just south of me and our favorite. This will change today as will tell you about the wonderful isthmus of Quiberon that goes into a peninsula or presqu’île de Quiberon all the way to the tip of the city of Quiberon.

A bit of repeat introduction for the newbies ;;)

Quiberon is situated in the department of Morbihan 56 in region of Bretagne. The southern end of the peninsula of the same name, which also includes part of the territory of the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Quiberon is located 28 km from Auray , 44 km (27 miles) from me to the tip of Place Hoche, and 507 km from Paris. The city has ten beaches: the Grande Plage, Goviro ,Conguel, Jument; Aerodrome, Fort Neuf,   Porigo, Kermorvan, Castéro and   Saint Julien.

Other interesting things to see here are the Côte Sauvage or wild coast and its castle Turpault who wipes all the storms off. The castle dates from 1904. The pointe (tip) du Conguel.The fishing port of Port Maria, with departure boats to the islands of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Houat and Hoëdic .The Heritage House: museum of local life , history of shipwrecks. The .Lighthouse of Port-Maria and that of Port-Haliguen. Notre-Dame Church of Locmaria, 19C. Several dolmen, menhirs, and tumulus stones Quiberon market held every Saturday morning from 8h to 13h On the Esplanade de Hoche (Pl Hoche).

You can see Quiberon from a distance on webcams from the city here: City of Quiberon webcams Grande Plage and Port Maria

And now let me give you the beaches , 10 starting with our favorite.

Grande Plage 1 boulevard Chanard 900 meters of fine sand! This beach, in the heart of the resort, is accessible to all and has a parking for bicycles, a carpet and an armchair hipocampe for people with reduced mobility. In summer it offers a kids’ club and a beach bar. For your safety this beach is supervised in the summer and has a first aid station. Showers and toilets. We do enjoy the Grande plage or big beach, the center of it all here. It has kiddies areas, and grownups. Large beach with white sandy sands and wide enough to play games. This our favorite as it comes with easy parking, great eating/drinking places and very nice people watch site!

Tourist office of Brittany with the Grande Plage in English

quiberon

quiberon

quiberon

Plage du Goviro at Bd. du Goviro Promenade Louison Bobet At the foot of the Sofitel Thalassa Sea and Spa and the Municipal Camping du Goviro, facing Belle-Ile-en-Mer island, this small sandy beach is an ideal place to relax. Hikers on the trail nearby, can bask in before returning to their path! An armchair for the launching of people with disabilities is available at the reception of Camping du Goviro. Parking cars and bikes nearby. Emergency call terminal for rescue.

Plage du Fort Neuf Bd. de la Teignouse Ideal for lovers of sailing and jet-skiing: this beach has a launching wedge for all sailboats and motorboats. Oriented to the East, it shelters swimmers from the West winds. In addition, they can enjoy the view of the Bay of Quiberon offered from the Fort in promontory. Parking at the foot of Fort Neuf.

Plage de l’Aérodrome Bd. de la Teignouse   Large and beautiful sandy beach, often sheltered from the wind and facing the Bay of Quiberon. It will delight swimmers and thrill seekers, who in the direction of the winds, will see off the small bi-planes and other small planes of tourism to face the track of the aerodrome located a few meters behind the beach! Children will also find a skate park and a dirt bike track nearby.

Plage du Conguel at Pointe du Conguel or Conguel Point (second favorite), at the southeastern end, the pedestrian-only Conguel beach is particularly quiet, especially since it is sheltered from the westerly winds. Not far from there, at the end of the Pointe, south side, the Jument Beach is a very quiet place, far from the bustle of the city center! On the parking at the entrance of the Pointe du Conguel, you will find toilets and an emergency call terminal. Pitches for parking bicycles and picnic tables. Our 2nd choice beach to go!

Quiberon

Quiberon

Port Jean Beach  is located after the spa center and the beginning of the tip of Conguel. There are several sandy beaches (swimming is difficult at low tide along the road. The environment is nice. There are a few trees with picnic tables and toilets in the center of the tip. A car park is also available by the beach at the beginning of the tip.

The plage de la Jument  is at the end of the Conguel point. It is one of the wildest beaches of Quiberon and its attendance is quite low even in summer ;usually we stop at the beach of Conguel which is very beautiful and right next to the parking

Plage de la Thalasso Promenade Louison Bobet At the foot of the Sofitel Thalassa Sea and Spa and Thalassotherapy Institute, facing Belle-Ile-en-Mer island , (photo from the Sofitel) this small sandy cove is an ideal place for spa guests of the Institute who access it directly by the promenade Louison Bobet. Hikers on the nearby trail, can also bask in before heading back! Parking cars and bikes nearby.

Quiberon

Plage de Port Maria is located next to the main beach (on the right) at the port. This beach is more a playground for children; swimming is not recommended since it is located in the harbour … For those looking for space at the height of the season when the different beaches of Quiberon are full. It is perfect to play on.

Plage de Saint-Julien or du Drehen, Rue de la Petite Côte Sandy beach and rocks, ideal for playing at low tide. Located opposite the Bay of Quiberon, you can see in the distance, the coast of Carnac and watch the regattas!

Plage de Castéro Bd. de Castéro Small family beach, Quiberon Bay side. Beware, at high tide, the beach is completely covered! Parking and WC nearby.

Plage du Porigo Boulevard des Emigrés ; Sandy beach located near the port of Plaisance Port Haliguen and sailing school ASNQ. It is appreciated for its sun in the morning and its orientation on the Bay of Quiberon which protects it from the west winds. This family beach is supervised during the months of July and August and has a launching pad for fans of sea outing. An armchair for launching people with reduced mobility is also available at help station. Showers and toilets nearby.

Plage de Kermorvan Rue des Galets , Another launching beach on the Bay of Quiberon where you can see in the distance the marina Port Haliguen. The sand is more granular. Hikers of the GR34 can refresh their feet and visit the pretty village of Kermorvan nearby.

Some further webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on the beaches

Tourist office of the Morbihan dept 56 on beaches

Favorite site Plages tv on the beaches of Quiberon in English

There you go  ,now you have the rundown on all of them and can choose yours. Any will be fine, there are wonderful beaches that can put you thinking you are in the best beach spots in the world. We just have a sentimental favorite for the Grande Plage as we have come to know the merchants there. Enjoy the beaches of Quiberon.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

August 7, 2019

The House of the Garenne, Vannes!

Well again going on uncharted waters, I have stayed in many properties from budget to luxury palaces over the years but if one comes to mind in my belle France is this one near me. I had no need to rent here , (I own) but friends and business collegues have stayed after my initial info and they all came back loving it So here is my take on it.

One place I can recommend because by now  know it well is the Maison de la Garenne, a bed and breakfast in a historical old mansion overlooking the ramparts and gardens of the Garenne. The house is at 2 Rue Sébastien de Rosmadec, Vannes.

Directions: When you arrive at the Legion of Honor Giratoire or roundabout also known as the Garenne roundabout, Place de la Garenne, do not descend to the port but instead , behind the bus stop, the small street bordered by a balustrade in iron at the foot of a pretty stone house, continue walking about  80 meters and you are in front of the green gate of the House of the Garenne. You can walk up from Le Port , pleasure marina area and on the roundabout turn right and again right into Place de la Garenne straight to the back is the house.

Vannes

The house built in 1898 in the urban style of the mansions of the time, surrounded by a pleasant private garden on the Plateau de la Garenne. The Maison de la Garenne offers its five guest rooms, including a family suite, each offering great comfort and are carefully furnished. This house inhabited for 3 generations by the same family offers you direct access to visit Vannes.  The house is classified “Citybreak Luxury” by Gîtes de France and has been awarde the “Mark Bretagne”. All the traditions of Brittany.

Vannes

All rooms are spacious and bright, oriented either on the garden side or on the Garenne park side. A large swimming spa, solarium, Nordic sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain and herbal goods are available.  Fitness equipment or a Japanese sauna can be privatized. Treatments and modelling are also available, by appointment.

The breakfast, will be prepare tol make you appreciate artisanal and regional products.   It will be served in the living room whose harmony comes from its high windows, its authentic fireplace, its woodwork and antique parquet floors. The large private and enclosed garden has an old part opposite the Garenne Park. The garden or park of the Garenne is bounded to the north by the Pleasure Garden of the Prefecture of Morbihan , to the east by the rue  Saint-Tropez, to the south by rue Jehan-de-Bazvalan and to the west  by the Rue Francis-Decker. Access to the park is via the rue  Francis-Decker, Rue  Jehan-de-Bazvalan and  Rue Alexandre-le-Pontois . It takes you to the ramparts of old Vannes as well and the Old town by the Porte Poterne gate.

The Maison de la Garenne  is still a little wild space composed mainly of species with persistent foliage: laurels, camellias, cedars and firs.  Hortensias, roses and other varieties of flowers, tomato plants and even fig trees adorn this place of pleasure.  In any season you will be charmed by the greenery and changing colors of nature.

vannes

Overlooking  the Rue Jehan de Bazvalan, the elegant ancient stone railing encourages walking and contemplation of a remarkable landscape where the medieval ramparts and old washes on the banks of the Marle stream , are part of the groves. For your car and on request, a covered parking lot will be reserved for you in an outbuilding at the bottom of the garden. Or park outside public  parking Saint Joseph at Rue Jehan de Bazvalan. See my post on the Garenne park of May 2 2019.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Maison de la Garenne at Vannes

Tourist office of Brittany on the Maison de la Garenne

This is very nice in an old quant corner of Vannes, the views from the upper floors is magnificent over the Gulf of Morbihan as well. Indeed worth staying in my beautiful old Vannes at the Maison de la Garenne.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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