Joined to the mainland, yet as pretty as islands: you’re going to fall in love with Brittany’s peninsulas. Each one has its own special something, to spend an evening with friends, take a dip or soak in the sea air. So here are our top 5, shippers!
In summary, here are Brittany’s prettiest peninsulas:
- The Quiberon Peninsula
- The Crozon Peninsula
- The Lézardrieux Peninsula
- The Rhuys Peninsula
The Quiberon Peninsula
This is certainly the most visited and busiest peninsula of the Morbihan Coast. Spend the day chilling on its large white sandy beaches, or taking a bicycle tour of the stone hamlets around Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Come evening, visit the port side bar Ti Buzug! This is your chance to enjoy one of the many Breton beers on the menu, out on the terrace as the sun sets.
Getting there: By train as far as Auray then bus or Tire-bouchon (train) to Quiberon
The Crozon Peninsula
South of Brest in Finistère, the Crozon Peninsula is the place for budding adventurers. Outlying land exposed to the sea winds, scattered with standing stones and surrounded by gigantic cliffs: here you have picture-postcard Brittany! Whatever you do, don’t miss Cap de La Chèvre and its 360° panorama over the Iroise Sea and Pointe du Raz. The perfect place to write your memoirs à la Chateaubriant.
Getting there: By train as far as Brest then take the number 34 bus heading to Crozon Peninsula
The Lézardrieux Peninsula
Located 50 kilometres north of Saint-Brieuc, this is one of the best-kept secrets in terms of peninsulas. Go along the edge of the Trieux estuary - preferably by bicycle as it’s a long way - and you will reach the sea front with its many coves. Enjoy a picnic or swim before visiting the local attraction: a sandbank (a bank of sand and pebbles) spanning some three kilometres, in the very north of the peninsula.
Getting there: By train as far as Paimpol then take the number 27 bus heading to Lannion and alight in Lézardrieux
The Rhuys Peninsula
Quieter than the Gulf of Morbihan, it is sheltered from the open sea. But appearances can be deceptive, because there is a wealth of activities on offer there – whether sporting pursuits or relaxation: kite surfing, water therapy, spa, exhibitions, a forest adventure park… My favourite? The ‘Pop Corn Labyrinthe’, a giant maze weaving through a sweetcorn field, near the village of Surzur. In summer it is even open some evenings…
Getting there: By train as far as Vannes then take the no. 7 bus heading to Arzon-Port Navalo
The Renote Peninsula
Lore has it that Renote used to be an island opposite the Côtes-d’Armor coast until 1885. From this past as a former island, the little peninsula has retained almost supernatural landscapes, thanks to the impressive pink granite rocks found there. With its many dips nicknamed ‘Devil’s footprints’, come and play hide and seek!
Getting there: By train as far as Lannion then take Tibus bus E to Sainte-Anne