Perros-Guirec - the best seaside resort in Brittany

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Perros-Guirec is a city and seaside resort located in the protected natural site, in the middle of an unusual landscape on the Cote de Granite Rose (The Pink Granite Coast), the most beautiful coastline in the Brittany region. The area around the city is known for its magnificent and unusual rock formations, beautiful and long sandy beaches, interesting lighthouses made from the pink granite and an incredible old customs officers' path that leads all along the coast. In 2007, Perros-Guirec was elected the best seaside resort in Brittany, in a survey conducted by the French magazine “Le Nouvel Observateur”.

Pink Granit Coast
Pink Granit Coast
Côte de Granit Rose, France

Three beaches

With two marinas and three large and sandy beaches, Perros-Guirec is the largest seaside resort on the Pink Granite Coast. No wonder, this place attracts so many visitors during the summer. The beach of Trestraou is perfect for catamaran, kayak and windsurfing lovers and perfectly suitable for families with children. This beach has more than one kilometer of fine sand, and it is especially popular for swimming and sunbathing, and you can find it only one kilometer from the city center. The beach of Trestrignel is perfectly protected from the wind, as the Pointe du Château, and the Pointe du Sphynx encircle it. On a clear day, from this beach, you can get a fantastic view over the archipelago of Sept-Îles. The third beach is the Saint-Guirec. Situated in the area of ​​Ploumanac'h, a pretty seaside village elected “the favorite French village” in 2015, this beach is where popular among visitors and has several clubs for children.

The emblems of the city

Perros-Guirec is known for its two emblems. The first ones are the puffins. These small marine birds with a colorful beak have the largest nestles colony in France, at the archipelago of the Sept-Îles. The second emblem of the city is a Hydrangea flower also known as a Hortensia. You can spot this beautiful flower in almost every garden in Perros-Guirec. But birds and flowers are not the only things that Perros-Guirec offers. In this city, you can also admire or even stay in the impressive art deco hotel, whose architecture has a typical seaside style of the 1920s. The Grand Hotel in Perros-Guirec is situated on the Trestraou Beach and has the most beautiful view over the archipelago of the Sept Iles. Don’t miss to visit also the Saint-James Church (l’Église Saint-Jacques). Classified as a historical monument in 1901, this church was dedicated to Saint James because the city was on the road for pilgrims from the Great Britain going to Santiago de Compostela, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century.

The Grand Hotel, Perros-Guirec
The Grand Hotel, Perros-Guirec
45 Boulevard Joseph le Bihan, 22700 Perros-Guirec, France
Église Saint-Jacques, Perros-Guirec
Église Saint-Jacques, Perros-Guirec
142 Place de l'Église, 22700 Perros-Guirec, France

The old customs officers' path

From the Trestraou Beach in Perros-Guirec you can start hiking along the beautiful old customs officers' path (Le Sentier des Douaniers) in the middle of rocks with most amazing shapes. Some rocks, often improbably shaped and balanced in the incredible positions, look like a Napoleon hat, a bottle, a mushroom, or even a turtle! This path made in 1907 leads along the Pink Granite Coast and on your way you can spot a lot of interesting things, like the remains of the 17th-century coastal defenses and a beautiful lighthouse. The landscapes are changing radically according to the tides, so I recommend you to come back to Perros-Guirec at different tide times. This walk is easy and accessible for everyone, even for families with children. At the end of the day, after exploring the grandiose landscapes in Perros-Guirec - the best seaside resort in Brittany, treat yourself with a delicious dinner in Le Manoir du Sphinx. This restaurant and hotel, situated in an elegant mansion from the beginning of the 20th century and facing the archipelago of the Sept-Isle, is a place where you can taste an authentic, refined and original cuisine.

Le Manoir du Sphinx
Le Manoir du Sphinx
67 Chemin de la Messe, 22700 Perros-Guirec, France

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Sladjana Perkovic

Sladjana Perkovic

Hello, my name is Sladjana, a journalist and writer living in Paris, France. I write about French well hidden places, gastronomy and cultural events.

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