The Abers, from Vougot to Castel Ac'h
Advice from Maëlle, in love with Plouguerneau.
Setting course for the north side of Plouguerneau
Explore the maritime landscapes of a seashore buffeted by swells. The invigorating force of the English Channel sculpts stones and spirits. Treat yourself to an escapade punctuated by stages, one-on-one with the elements.
Immerse yourself in the dunes and marshes of Le Vougot
Nestled between Plouguerneau and Guissény, Le Vougot's long, sandy beach is ideal for walking. Around the beach, an enveloping dune cordon solidified by robust, well-established vegetation is home to the GR34.
A few steps away, the landscape changes radically: waterlogged soils lined with rushes and willows, where shallow pools and ponds are a refuge for fragile fauna: newts, tree frogs and dragonflies.
The dunes are moving
Do you know why?
The sea level is already rising. The force of the swell can dig into the sand with each impact. Secondly, wind erosion scatters sand grains and impoverishes the soil. Human trampling also digs furrows and weakens the soil. So it's important to stay on the marked trails and respect this fragile, living environment!
With wind and tide
Along the GR®34
Along the GR®34, the dunes give way to cliffs of granite and fern, where sandy coves play host to sandpipers, lively little birds that chase the waves. Meter after meter, trees shelter you from the sea air. But this respite is short-lived! Soon, the silhouette of Korejou takes shape in an increasingly rocky landscape.
Do you know what comet tails are?
Coastal accumulations of pebbles and boulders, these grooves are longer than they are wide, formed by the force of the waves on the opposite side to the prevailing swell. A dozen or so can be seen in Plouguerneau, including Ar C'hloum, between the Zorn and Kreac'h en Avel.
The Korejou peninsula: maritime life past and present
An invigorating adventure between Grève Blanche and Spins
Want to let off steam in the fresh air? The waters of Grève Blanche are the place to be! Depending on conditions, you can use the sea as a playground for paddleboarding, surfing or bodyboarding to rediscover your childlike spirit!
But for the rest of us, a run, a digestive stroll along the GR34 or a sandcastle contest are just some of the reasons to enjoy the magical setting of this beach.
Once you've reached the port of Le Koréjou, take the coastal path to the west. The rocky heaps are impressive and the path 100% natural. The Chapelle St Michel is not far away, with its beautiful hydrangeas and recently restored façade.
To the west of Grève Blanche, with eyes wide open, follow the path to the lovely little cove of Porz Gwenn. It's a little-known spot, quiet and smelling of Brittany between sand and rocks. The postcard is in front of your eyes and the trail continues!
Did you know?
Behind the Grève Blanche, the dunes are sometimes still used by seaweed growers to dry their seaweed. Keep an eye out for them on your walks!
Spray from Beg Monom to Kelerdut
Nature XXL! This is where you'll find the biggest rock formations. From the giants of Beg Monom or Bronn ar Roc'h, you'll have a magnificent view of the coast. To be explored on foot only, this trail winds its way between thousand-year-old rocks, pink springtime seaweed and the melody of the English Channel surf!
The view of the archipelago is worth a stop. Île Vierge and its lighthouses, Île Venan and its discreet remains, some of which date back to the Neolithic period. Further afield, the lost an Aod cove and its old fishermen's cottages... Picturesque and soothing!
Did you know?
Kelerdut is also the birthplace of the Hoalen brand. Elegant outdoor clothing inspired by coastal life. Every summer, their seaside boutique offers a beach bar with a magnificent view, as well as yoga, concerts and wine-tasting events. An essential part of Plouguerné life.
Lilia and the tip of Castel Ac'h
Arguably the most famous viewpoint in the Pays des Abers, the pointe du Castel Ac'h has everyone in agreement. Here, facing the archipelago and the lighthouses of Ile Vierge, you're at the heart of the lighthouse route. Watch the cormorants dive, go for a walk in the sea, explore the foreshore at low tide... There's plenty to do and plenty of memories to share!
Did you know?
Ile Vierge is home to Europe's highest lighthouse. Open to visitors from April to October, it keeps watch over the coastline every evening. Watching it light up is a magical sight! Also on the island is the little white lighthouse, at the foot of which a heritage eco-lodge is due to open in 2021!
Lilia and its little village
Lilia and its small village offer an exceptional seafront. By following the coastal cycle route or the coastal path, you can discover, among other things: islands accessible at low tide, one of the most discreet menhirs in the west, small beaches to shelter from the wind, a fine range of local gastronomy and a dolmen in the middle of the village... Sail from surprise to surprise!