Plérin , it will amaze you!!!

And great to be out again, just another road warrior trip to some familiar territory and voilà new wonders found of my lovely Bretagne. We decided to go out and have a ride into our familiar Saint Brieuc in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22. However, always looking for more; notice had an upper coastal area that we have not been yet. Therefore, we took the ride over the coastal areas of Plérin, St Laurent sur Mer, and Sous la Tour areas. Hope you enjoy the ride as we did!

The main town just north of Saint Brieuc is Plérin.  The center of Plérin is located on a plateau about a hundred meters above sea level. The coast is made up of cliffs such as the Pointe du Roselier at altitude 68 meters we visited, beaches like the Les Rosaires, Tournemine, and Les Nouelles;  and we were by Martin plage or beach; and the port areas  like Le Légué, and Sous-la-Tour; we visited. To the south, the town is separated from Saint-Brieuc by the Gouët valley and the port of Légué.

The town is located by the sea, which earned it the Plérin-sur-Mer appellation (13 km of coast and 2.5 km of beach). The Rosaires seaside site is located north of the town, between Roche des Tablettes and Pointe de Pordic. It includes a large sandy beach and a pebble beach like Tournemine. The Pointe du Roselier, which overlooks Martin-Plage and its rock, as well as Saint-Laurent beach, offers a view of the bay of Saint-Brieuc. There is also a barred spur which testifies to an occupation in the Iron Age, a ball oven (cannon) dating from 1794 and a monument to the men perish at sea erected at the end of the 20C..

The village mainly developed during the 4th quarter of the 19C and the 1st quarter of the 20C around the Saint-Pierre Church (17-18C).   The territory of Plérin depended, in the 9C, on the county of Goëlo. Two centuries later it was incorporated into that of Penthièvre, to which it did not cease to belong until 1789. It came under the jurisdiction of La Roche-Suhart. During the French revolution, the parish of Plérin depended on the deanery of Saint-Michel. It was erected as a town in 1790, Plérin ceded the village of Plessis to Trémuson in 1804. Plérin saw the creation of two towns on its territory: that of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Mer in 1931, and that of Notre-Dame-du-Légué, whose chapel 1815 was once dedicated to Saint Julien. Saint-Laurent-de-la-Mer owes its name to an old chapel located in Port-Horel in 1589, dedicated to the holy deacon and martyr of the 3C, which was demolished in 1938.

The Pointe du Roselier is a belvedere and an impressive view of the Breton coast, a few kilometers north of Saint-Brieuc. The cliff here is around 68 meters high and there is an ‘orientation table’ so you know what you are looking at. This particularly spectacular portion of the coast of Plérin, offers the bay of Saint-Brieuc on a plateau for hikers! A promontory long used to watch (guardhouse), defend (remains of a ball oven), and communicate (old telegraph and semaphore now missing). The wooded valley of Bachelet allows the ascent from Martin Plage.

plerin Pointe du Roselier Martin-Plage closeup may21

plerin Pointe du Roselier bay to st brieuc may21

plerin Pointe du Roselier to city may21

You can see here a ‘ball oven’ (cannons); it dates from the 18C and was an oven used to heat cannonballs before firing them at enemy ships, to increase the chances of them igniting when they are affected. This was created under king Louis XVI.  As you explore, you will also see several imposing monuments for those who perished at sea off the coast of Brittany.

plerin Pointe du Roselier four à boulets may21

plerin Pointe du Roselier mon to marine perish at sea may21

The port with locks of Légué. In 1859 a project to connect the floating basin and the grounding port of Légué was designed. Between 1868 and 1876 a lock and floating basin completed in 1869. In 1885 completion and opening of the floating basin, manual operation of the lock. Construction of the railway, right bank. In 1893: opening of the swing bridge delivered to traffic (and we crossed it!). The port of Légué becomes a port with basins, the only one in the Côtes d’Armor at the time. The port of Légué is today the main commercial port of Côtes-d’Armor and the 5th Breton port for the development of port activities The port includes several distinct parts, from the outer harbor downstream, with its dikes, jetties, moles and its access channel to the two basins (fishing, trade and pleasure), connected by the lock, the dam spillway and swing bridge. These port structures are supplemented by the new dikes of Pointe-de-Cesson towards the pier of the neighborhood of Sous-la-Tour, which broaden the prospects for port development. The handle forms a rectangle 48 meters long and 30 meters wide. It ends with 2 inclined wedges and its ground has the particularity of being paved.

plerin sous la tour out to sea port may21

The Church of Saint Laurent is a new church, whose first stone was laid on May 8, 1932 and whose blessing took place on December 18, 1932. The spire was built in 1938. Neo-Gothic style built in shale rubble on a Latin cross plan. Decorative elements: architectural portal, modillion, flamboyant network, gable dormers, exposed gables, hooks, finials, balustrade, modillions. Nice on a hilly mount on the way to the pointe du Roselier.

plerin ch st laurent sur mer front may21

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is worth the detour are

The Bay of Saint Brieuc tourist office on the Pointe du Roselier

The ports of Brittany on the port de Legué

The town of Plérin on its heritage/history

My fav beach webpage plages tv on the Martin plage by the pointe du roselier

There you go folks, another dandy magical trip in my lovely Bretagne so much to see and do! This is a great area for family visits and great outdoor fun especially for walkers rando type folks. We would love the sights over the Bay of Saint Brieuc and the beaches! Hope you enjoy the road warrior trip to Plérin as we did.

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

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