Quiberon, a seaside resort with a particular geography

Quiberon, a seaside resort with a particular geography

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Quiberon is one of the famous French seaside resorts situated on the southern part of the Quiberon peninsula in Brittany that holds the originality of its very particular geography. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Quiberon is linked to the mainland by a sandy belt, known as a tombolo, that is only 22 meters wide at its narrowest point. On the eastern side of Quiberon, you will find many fine sandy beaches in the beautiful Bay of Quiberon, while the western coast known as the Coté Sauvage (Wild Coast), is an alternation of creeks and cliffs battered by winds. This place is a perfect location for sea and surf lovers. 

Quiberon
Quiberon
Promenade de la Plage, 56170 Quiberon, France

 Sardines and tourism

Quiberon is known as a popular French seaside resort, but this town also has a rich history of sardine fishing and production. At the beginning of the 19th century, certain Nicolas Appert, a chemist, made a great discovery. He developed a technique that permitted the sterilization of food by heat. Thanks to his discovery, Quiberon became the first sardine port and a leading producer of canned sardines in France. Many families settled here, and while men were fishing, women were working in the can factories. But the inauguration of the railway station in 1882 changed completely the life of people in Quiberon. The tourism became a flourishing business, and in 1924 the peninsula of Quiberon was even listed as a health resort. Some famous artists and writers such as Gustave Flaubert and Anatole France came here for a vacation. 

Sea lovers heaven

Quiberon offers many activities such as fishing trips, sailing, sand yachting, sea kayaking, kite-surfing, and this place is also one of the most beautiful surf spots in all Brittany. If you prefer long walks or biking, a long trail goes around the peninsula and offers an amazing view. After a day enjoying the sea and sun, I recommend you to relax at the Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa resort. Located facing the ocean, with an incredible panorama, this 3-in-1 resort combines two 5-star hotels dedicated to the thalassotherapy treatments, spa, beauty, physical activities and relaxation, and Sofitel Quiberon Dietetique, that has a unique slimming concept. 

Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa resort
Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa resort
Boulevard Louison Bobet, 56170 Quiberon, France
Photo © Gim42
Photo © Gim42

Charming narrow streets

In Quiberon, a seaside resort with a particular geography, the time seems to be stopped. In the charming narrow streets lined up with white houses, in whose gardens flourish colorful hortensias, you will find many interesting shops. Here, you can get yourself some specialties from Quiberon, such as niniches (confectionery), salidou (salted butter caramel), biscuits, smoked fish or even famous sardine canes. In many restaurants, you can enjoy fresh seafood. I recommend you to try the cotriade, fish soup and a specialty from the south of Brittany. In the “Chaumine”, you can savor this dish in the shade of the centenary olive tree.

La Chaumine
La Chaumine
79 Rue de Port Haliguen, 56170 Quiberon, France

Cover photo © Gewitterkind

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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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