Brittany’s best surfing spots

With its Atlantic Ocean beaches, Brittany is one of the world’s best surfing areas. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned surfer, you’re sure to find the one for you in our pick of the best surfing spots.

  • Grégory Vieau

    Author

    Journaliste

  • Updated on

    31/03/2017

  • Destination

    Mûr-de-Bretagne

Here are our best surfing spots in Brittany:

  • Sainte-Barbe (Morbihan)
  • Primel-Trégastel (Finistère)
  • Saint-Tugen (Finistère)
  • Pointe des Kaolin (Morbihan)
  • La mauvaise Grève (Finistère)
  • La Torche (Finistère)
  • Le Sillon (Ile et Vilaine)

For novices

Sainte-Barbe - Morbihan

At this spot near Carnac, the waves break directly on the beach. This beach break is ideal if you’re learning to get on a surfboard for the first time. The waves are long, easy to catch, and if you fall you’re unlikely to hurt yourself landing on the sand. When’s the best time to surf? In autumn or spring, with a rising tide and a northeasterly wind.

Getting there: From Auray train station, take bus number 1 heading to Betz and alight at Plouharnel - Place de Gaulle.

Primel-Trégastel - Finistère

Not many rocks, decent waves and usually not too many people: Primel-Trégastel is an excellent spot to start surfing if you’re in northern Brittany, near Perros-Guirec. Practise either on your own, with friends or by joining one of the surf schools like the Ponant Surf School. Oh, and don’t go at any old time of the year! Ideally you should wait for high tide and a southerly wind to take the plunge.

Getting there: From Morlaix train station, take the number 20 bus heading to Plougasnou and alight at Plage de Trégastel

For experts

Saint-Tugen - Finistère

On the western tip of Brittany not far from Quimper, Saint-Tugen is a spot that is extremely renowned, for surfing and bodyboarding in equal measure. Here you’ll find tubes galore, but it’s better to have reached a decent level before venturing out. The swell is powerful and the waves often deceptive. If you’re still keen, go at high tide with a north/northeasterly wind.

Getting there: From Quimper train station, take the number 52B bus heading to Pointe du Raz and alight at Esquibien - Sainte-Evette Embarcadère.

Pointe des Kaolin - Morbihan

So you like a big swell and REALLY hardcore waves? This is the spot for you, just 10 kilometres from Lorient in Morbihan. A westerly wind prevails and brings thrills on this headland with some really good tubes. A piece of advice just in case: if the power of the waves takes you by surprise, get out on the left-hand side.

Getting there: From the Échanges de Lorient train station (right next to the SNCF train station), take the number 31 bus heading to Ploemeur – Le Courégant. Alight at this stop.

La Mauvaise Grève - Finistère

This is the king of Brittany’s surf spots, hidden away in the extreme north of Finistère. It is very demanding in terms of technique. With powerful reef breaks at high tide, it can give you hardcore thrills. But be careful of jagged rocks, coral and unstable currents, if you don’t want to get shredded or swept away. Basically, La Mauvaise Grève is only for very good surfers! 

Getting there: From Morlaix train station, take the number 29 bus heading to Roscoff and alight at Saint-Pol-de-Léon - Ti Kastelliz. Then take the number 25 bus heading to Lesneven and alight at Sibiril – Château d’eau.

Pour tout le monde

La Torche - Finistère

With its long white sandy beach, La Torche is Brittany’s must-visit surf spot, about 30 kilometres from Quimper. It is suitable for both novices and experienced surfers. On the whole, the waves are long, and apart from a current that is sometimes rather strong, there are no particular difficulties (especially since the beach has lifeguards). Nonetheless, it is one to avoid in summer due to overcrowding.

Getting there: From Quimper train station, take the 56A coach heading to La Torche. Alight at this stop.

Le Sillon - Ille-et-Vilaine

Ranked third among France’s finest beaches, Le Sillon is only a few 100 metres from Saint-Malo town centre. That’s why it’s better to surf there in spring or autumn rather than summer, as the beach is usually choc-a-bloc then. Apart from this issue, it’s a very pleasant spot, with nice long waves, to have fun with your friends. Even at high tide there is nothing to fear.

Getting there: From the train station, walk up Avenue Anita Conti then continue to Avenue de Moka (a 15-minute walk).

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