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Pink Granite Coast

Defying the laws of balance, huge blocks of granite create a unique setting. On the moor as well as in the sea, the coast becomes coppery and as if sculpted by the elements. Welcome to the paradise of the Côtes d'Armor.

Where is the pink granite coast ?

The must-sees of the Pink Granite Coast

- Stroll along the path from Ploumanac'h to Perros-Guirec.

- Embark for a cruise to the 7 islands reserve.

- Visit the Cité des Télécoms in the Radôme park.

- Enjoy one of the 12 beaches of Trégastel.

- Explore the seabed off Trébeurden.

Lighthouse in the pink granite coast, Brittany, France ©Amanda Hinault

© A.Hinault

The favorite village of the French

If there are sites that are the pride of the Côtes d'Armor, Ploumanac'h is one of those places which, by its atmosphere, its particularity, leave its visitors with the simple desire to return. By taking the customs officers' path from the village's port or from Trestraou beach in Perros-Guirec, you will discover a natural jewel containing secrets and legends carried by spectacular architectural buildings.

The lighthouse of Ploumanac'h or Mean Ruz, an emblematic figure of the Pink Granite Coast, is perched on an enormous granite block and blends perfectly into this curious landscape where the granite rocks offer strange and spectacular shapes. From the lighthouse, the walker has a direct view of the Castle of Costaéres, Renote Island and the 7 islands.

The oratory Saint-Guirec is located at the bottom of the cove Saint-Guirec and is surrounded by water at high tide. Legend has it that young unmarried girls used to come and prick a needle on the saint's nose. If the needle remained stuck, the wedding vow was granted within a year. If you want to laze around or daydream in paradise, take a break on the beach in front of the Costaéres castle and let yourself imagine for each rock an unlikely resemblance ...

Tregastel beach in Brittany © Peter Stenzel

© P.Stenzel

In the heart of pink granite

Perros-Guirec, a renowned seaside resort equipped with marine thermal baths, is recognised as a city of history with the Museum of the History and Traditions of Brittany and the church of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur built in the 11th century, which was a crossing point to Santiago de Compostela for pilgrims coming from the British Isles. The town is also a former fishing port, now a marina, which regularly hosts a stopover for La Solitaire du Figaro.

Trégastel is a paradise for lovers of lazing by the sea! With 12 beaches on its territory it will satisfy all tastes. If you feel like discovering something new, go to the marine aquarium to enter the turquoise waters of the Brittany coast.

Two worlds oppose Pleumeur-Bodou ! You will be able to follow the first human traces of the Lower Palaeolithic in Brittany, admire the numerous menhirs, notably that of Saint-Uzec, and even visit a Gallic village. If you prefer new technologies, head to the Cité des télécoms and its Radôme, site of the first television transmission in mondovision via satellite. Finally, if you get seasick on your way to the 7 islands, head for the ornithological station LPO on Ile Grande.

At Trebeurden, set course for the islands! Milliau and Molène are full of history where the magic happens on the surface as well as underwater, indeed an underwater trip is a must to discover the seabed of the Pink Granite Coast. On land, take a hike along the paths through the Quellen marsh and its Camargue horses, the woods of Lan ar Waremm and the Goas Lagorn valley.

Seven Islands archipelago in Brittany © Maelick

© Maëlick

7 Islands for birds

The archipelago of the 7 islands, composed of Rouzic, Malban, Les Costans, Bono, l'Île aux Moines, l'Île Plate and Le Cerf, is a protected natural site classified as a Nature Reserve. The archipelago is home to 27 species of nesting birds including 12 species of seabirds.

Among these birds, with a wingspan of 1.70 m, the Northern Gannet is the largest seabird in Europe and offers tourists its majestic broom during boat trips, the best way to approach them. It nests in colonies from April to September. The 7 Islands Archipelago is home to the largest French colony on Rouzic Island, where about 20,000 pairs breed each year.

Another unique species to discover: the famous puffins! Threatened by overfishing and global warming, 400 puffins come to reproduce from April to July in the archipelago. Would you like to meet the inhabitants of the 7 Islands? Book your cruise with Armor Navigation from Perros-Guirec, Trégastel and Ploumanac'h!

See also

Walking in the medieval town of Dinan, Brittany © Hernan Pinera


Frehel lighthouse in Brittany © Davide Gabino

Cape Frehel - Cape of Erquy

windmill in Brehat Island © Peter Stenzel

Brehat Island

Guerledan Lake from the sky in Brittany © Les pieds dans le vide

Guerledan Lake

Harbour Island off the coast of Saint-Quay-Portrieux © Melina 1965

Saint-Brieuc Bay

Sculptures in Valley of the saints © Momoly

The Valley of the Saints