The rose in Ploumanac’h!

This was trips with the family a couple times. I had older posts and this one was mix in with Perros Guirec which is next door. So, I decided to split them into two post for clearer information. The memories are always grand the area is worth the trip. Let me tell you a bit more on Ploumanac’h!!

So back at you from my north Brittany heaven; indeed all seems beautiful around me, and I notice feel lucky to be here. Again I have to thanks for my dear late wife Martine for showing me her country since 1989 and to be part of it since 2000, and living in it since 2003!!!  I have written before but need to tell you ,must tell you again about this beautiful magical Breton area of Ploumanac’h way up in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne!

Ploumanac’h is 78 km from Saint Brieuc, 175 km from Rennes and 524 km from Paris. And 162 km from my town . The beach of Saint-Guirec is along the Sentiers du Douaniers (customs trail). 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. The port of the city is equipped with a swimming pool and welcomes both fishermen and boaters. A water retention basin adjacent to the river basin, formerly the Basin de Chasse , has been transformed into a nautical activity area (school or touristic), depending on the season.

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Ploumanac’h is a district of the town of Perros Guirec located just 3 km from the city center of Perros-Guirec. By car, only you can get to it by the road D788 between Perros-Guirec and Trégastel which a road lower of the district of the La Clarté and the Sémaphore Lighthouse Station.  The name Ploumanac’h originates from the deformation of the Breton Poull Manac’h, meaning “the mare of the monk” tradition wants Saint Guirec to have landed on the Ploumanac’h coast in the 7C, a later oratory commemorating this arrival was built.

Some things to see are

Oratory of Saint-Guirec, on the beach of the same name in Ploumanac’h this oratory, accessible only at low tide, protects a statue of the saint. An ancestral custom is for young girls to prick a pin in the nose of the statue; The pin that holds is a good omen of marriage. This custom has put the nose of the original wooden statue in trouble; The present statue is granite, but its nose has suffered much, less because of the young girls than tourists who perpetuate the tradition.

The Chapelle Saint-Guirec: In the 16C the monks of the abbey of Bégard built a stone building. This primitive edifice was restored in the 18-19C. It was enlarged for the first time at the beginning of the 20C, and again in 1948: Two transepts were added to the original nave. This chapel of sailors houses, among others, a Christ on the Cross, a Saint Julien in a Roman soldier’s outfit, of the 15C, a Pietà and a San Sebastian, of the 16C, a Saint Yves and a painting representing the arrival of Saint Guirec in Ploumanac’h.

The pointe du Skewell (tip of Skewell)  is one of the most advanced rocky spurs of the natural site of Ploumanac’h. In this place, the swell is particularly strong. When the sea is agitated, the surge of waves becomes impressive.  The Sentier des Douaniers (customs trail) from Saint-Guirec through the Skewell is part of the site of Ploumanac’h. To the east, before leaving Ploumanac’h and the natural site, is discovered the Pors-Rolland beach bordered by huge boulders including the tip of the Chateau du Diable ( Castle of the devil).

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The natural harbor of Ploumanac’h, one of the most protected on the north coast of Brittany. Two tidal mills (an ice mill and a wheat mill) separate the port from the Traouïero valley. The valley of the Traouïero, a double valley (the great and the small Traouïero), leading into the harbor of Ploumanac’h, which was said to be so inaccessible that it served as a refuge for brigands.  The quarries of pink granite, near the small village of La Clarté, entrance to Ploumanac’h from where are extracted the granite blocks of such special color.

A large natural site protected by the Conservatory of the Littoral and the town of Perros-Guirec impress by its clusters of pink granite, some of which reach twenty meters high.. One of the most beautiful walks in the area is the  Sentier des Douaniers (customs trail) which is located between the Trestraou beach and the port of Ploumanac’h and which crosses this natural space. The Sentier des Douaniers, on the protected site of the Landes of Ploumanac’h, borders the famous pink granite coast, eroded for nearly 300 million years, which offers a supernatural landscape of granite chaos with unusual shapes, stretching for nearly 9 km. The coastal heaths consisting of many heaths and edges represent an outstanding heritage. You can discover in the course of your walk a flora and fauna remarkable and very diversified. The Coast Guard maintains a site of more than 80 hectares.

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Ploumanac’h is a wonderful place for a weekend with the family and more, very well prize so reserve in advance for lodgings. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Consevatoire du Littoral nature reserve on the Lands of Ploumanac’hhttp://www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/siteLittoral/163/28-landes-de-ploumanac-h-22_cotes-d-armor.htm

The Granite Rose coast of Brittany tourist board on things to see: https://www.brittany-pinkgranitcoast.co.uk/

The Brittany region tourist board on Ploumanac’h/Perros Guirec area: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/ploumanach-perros-guirec/

The city of Perros Guirec on nature in Ploumanac’hhttp://ville.perros-guirec.com/ma-ville/nature-environnement/site-naturel-protege-de-ploumanac-h.html

Again ,anothe dandy in my lovely Bretagne, a wonderful coastal area and I am sure you will love it.  Remember the name Ploumanac’h.

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

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