A peninsula of dune and sand
Do you like to relax?
Settle down on one of its quiet beaches and enjoy the moment! The big advantage is that you'll easily find a stretch of sand sheltered from the wind! Is the sea rising? Now's the time to take a dip in the crystal-clear, invigorating water! Going down? Take a walk along the foreshore, and disconnect from the world!
Energy to spare?
Let's set the scene: vast stretches of sand, a few sparse islets, a dune belt of vegetation, timid rocky heaps, the open sea in front of you... an environment that gives you wings!
The ideal spot for kite surfing! Inflate your sail, get a taste of the gliding sensation and why not take to the skies above the islets? Nothing is impossible!
Water walking is one of the healthiest ways to look after your body. By walking in water, you avoid shocks and protect your joints. With water up to your navel, you develop your endurance and balance. An excellent way to burn calories while enjoying the fresh air, it's also good for your muscular, respiratory and cardiac systems! An activity that can be practised in summer and winter alike, and is accessible to everyone!
A rich but fragile space
A veritable cocoon of biodiversity, the Ste Marguerite dune belt stands proudly against wind and tide, covering some 50 hectares. Its secret? Resistant vegetation with long, sturdy roots, such as the oyat. This Natura 2000 site is a protected natural area crossed by the GR34 and bordered by beaches accessible all year round.
At the foot of the dunes, several fine sandy beaches offer ideal bathing conditions. The sands are covered with fragile vegetation and strips of seaweed, made up of plant debris washed up by the sea. A larder for the people of the beach and dunes! The massif, which in places rises to a height of around 20 metres, is home to birds, reptiles and plants.
So keep an eye out when you're out and about, and make sure you stay on the marked paths. And if your 4-legged friend is with you, keep him on a leash.
Explore on foot and by bike
Just like the famous GR 34 for walkers, the coastal route offers you Brittany by bike, following the shores, bays and jagged coastline from near and far...
The Ste Marguerite peninsula, however, is an exception. Its fragile dune belt and coastal path can only be explored on foot. But don't panic! If you want to enjoy the magic of two wheels, you can cycle around the peninsula! However, you'll have to leave your bike behind for the duration of the walk in the sand. It's a great opportunity to go from one point to another, and discover the area from north to south!
Penn Enez, at the end of the world
For an early-morning meditative walk, a jog along the seafront before lunch or simply to observe nature and take a deep breath of sea air... You'll find a thousand and one reasons to get away from it all at the pointe de Penn Enez. Every step of the way brings a new surprise: thick ferny banks, a few deep-rooted trees that have been dishevelled by the sea air, and even military remains... all of which have become perfectly placed promontories from which to scan the horizon!
All around you: Ile de la Croix and its pyramidal bitter, a landmark for approaching sailors, the Pendante channel, the rocks and Ile Stagadon and its house of refuge, and in the distance, Ile Vierge and its 2 lighthouses. At your feet, the coastline is rough and jagged. Sand dunes are not far away, close to pebble clusters. Here, there's always something to observe, something to imagine as the boats set off on their adventure.
Cézon Island getaway
The enigmatic Fort Cézon was built on a small island at the mouth of the Aber Wrac'h by the famous engineer Vauban, who wore many hats.
Construction of the island's fortifications began in 1694, and continued to evolve over the centuries until the Second World War, when 17 blockhouses were erected!
From the artillery tower, the view across the mouth of Aber Wrac'h is incredible. It's easy to see why so many armed troops made this their home! Today owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral, the island is accessible on foot at low tide for a wide range of events. Thanks to the Cézon association, you can discover these imposing old stones and breathe in the beautiful energy that emanates from them!
Guided tours, participatory workcamps and special cultural events bring new life to these stones that have so much to tell us!
Gaïde's 4 favorites
- Winter sunsets, sitting on a rock: the cold stings the cheeks a little, but the sky is ablaze over the Celtic Sea!
- Wild orchids in bloom in fine weather: subtle touches of purple pierce the dune vegetation.
- Walking the GR in the early hours of the morning, lulled by the song of the larks and watching the sun rise behind the dune to warm the sand... and the sea, just a little!
- L'amer de fort Cézon: the huge white circle painted on the artillery tower, a precious landmark for navigators.