The beach at Perros Guirec!

So is that time of the year where we all head for the beaches in Europe. France is tops even if a bit north, the beaches are already crowded and traffic levels this past Saturday was black highest! I love to come at least once a year to a beach just to remind me of my roots but do not like the heavy crowds.

Going to the north is always welcome and we plan on returning this year. In the meantime, let me tell more on Perros Guirec and Ploumanac’h in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France!

Perros-Guirec its only 78 km from Saint Brieuc, 175 km from Rennes and 524 km from Paris. And 162 km from my town! We came following the road D768 up towards Pontivy, then passed it to the N12 direction Lannion, taking the D767 direction Guingamp first then Lannion and past it get on the D788 to Perros Guirec. Easy 2h30 by car!

Ploumanac’h is a village in the town of Perros-Guirec The village of Ploumanac’h is located 3 km of city center/downtown Perros-Guirec. By car, it is only accessible by a single road, the D788 between Perros-Guirec and Trégastel at the crossroads which is located below the town of La Clarté and the semaphore. I am putting the beaches of Perros Guéric but bordering on Ploumanac’h.

Again I have to thanks my dear late wife Martine for showing me her beautiful country since 1989 and to be part of it since 2000!

Let me tell you a bit about our favorite beaches here and they are gorgeous , planning to revisit soon!

The beach of Trestrignel is more beaten by the winds. Quite wild, which makes its charm, it is like cashed at the bottom of a coast, and is bordered by the point of the castle, rocky headland from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the islands, especially on the island Tomé ,which is not part of Sept-Îles or seven islands here.

The more huppé is the seaside district of Trestrignel which developed around the shore of the same name, enclosed in a basin. The land is cultivated by two farms located at the highest points. On the 1819 cadastre, two sentry boxes appeared, a guardhouse and a powder magazine where only one sentry box remains today, on private property. Around 1893, the Parisian René Du Pré de Saint-Maur had a holiday home built on the edge of the castle, the following year, the Parisian actress Marcelle Josset built the Villa Silencio, then bought by Maurice Denis in 1908. It is the entire concerted subdivision that constitutes the current district. The private roads of the subdivision were conceded to the district in 1926. On April 13, 1940, the site of the Pointe du Château was registered. In 1966, concrete bath cabins were built.

This rocky outcrop which marks the entrance to the harbor of Perros-Guirec has long served as a strategic defense post in the face of enemy attacks. Since then, the site has changed a lot. Far from repelling invasions, it welcomes many tourists, who come to contemplate the landscapes and enjoy the fine sandy beach. The place hosts beautiful villas built at the end of the 19C. Do not miss the one where avant-garde painter Maurice Denis lived: his neo-medieval style and his Spanish influences make it a curiosity. Indeed very nice! The plage de Trestrignel has now new showers installed on the beach promenade of Trestrignel (great walks). Fine sandy beach, supervised beach. Bathing water quality label. Bath cabin rental – Restaurant, Hotel – Free parking. Great!

My fav Plages tv site on the plage de Trestrignel in English: Plages tv on Trestrignel beach

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The beach of Saint-Guirec is situated at the border with the village of Ploumanac’h, along the Sentiers du Douaniers (customs trail wonderful along the coastal beaches). It is therefore an easy stopover for any hiker in the summer. Facing it on the small island of Costaérès stands the castle of Costaérès.

Opposite the small white sand beach of Saint Guirec stands a granite oratory, built around the 11-12C from an ancient Gallic stele. This monument with capitals carved with animal motifs houses the statue of Saint-Guirec. Dating back to the 14C, the wooden sculpture was replaced by a granite version in 1904. Young girls wishing to marry during the year came to plant a needle there. Head to the small chapel also dedicated to the saint and observe the frame; it does make you think of a boat hull! And you see the majestic silhouette of the castle of Costaérès in the distance. By going to Tourony Bay, you can learn the history. The entire large site of Ploumanac’h, with its remarkable chaos and its lighthouse, is accessible by the coastal path. Saint Guirec beach is at the start of the sentier des Douaniers or douaniers path (again a wonderful walk). The plage de Saint Guirec is very pleasant, all surrounded by rocks. At high tide, the beach of Saint Guirec offers a landscape of islets and spectacular rocks. Access is via the D 788 road from Perros Guirec. The 250 meters long beach is made of fine sand, at high tide the slope is gentle and the decor is remarkable. At low tide, the whole bay and its small islets are accessible on foot. Wonderful indeed!

My fav plages tv on the plage de Saint Guirec in English: plages tv on Saint Guirec beach

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I can’t wait to get back as this is beautiful country and even Ploumanac’h has been name in the past of the preferred village of the French competition on national TV here! What can I say, France is a mouvable feast, just get out of Paris lol!

Let me give some further webpages to help you plan your visit here and is a must me think

The city of Perros Guirec on plage de Trestrignel in French: city of Perros Guirec on plage de Trestrignel

The Brittany tourist office on plage de Trestrignel in English: Brittany tourist office on Trestrignel beach

The city of Perros Guirec on plage de Saint Guirec in French: city of Perros Guirec on plage de St Guirec

The Brittany tourist office on plage de Saint Guirec in English: Brittany tourist office on plage de Saint Guirec

Again, enjoy the beaches of Perros Guirec up north Bretagne!! wonderful I say it again!

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

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