Beaches in Brittany

The Brittany coast is the second-most popular beach destination in France, after the Riviera, of course. There is a good mixture of white-sand beaches great for sunbathing and swimming as well as rocky coves and dramatic cliffs that make for a rugged and beautiful coastline. There are also many islands off the Brittany coast that are great for hiking as well as getting your tan on.

Carnac Plage – about 1 hours drive
Carnac is known for its unique rows of ancient standing stones. The town is split into two areas: Carnac-Ville, where you'll find the Museum of Prehistory, and Carnac-Plage, a family seaside resort with a state-of-the-art thalassotherapy centre. Oyster farming is big business. Carnac-Plage has five sheltered sandy beaches, which are backed by attractive villas and pine trees. The 1.2 mile (2km)-long Grande Plage is popular with families as it's supervised in summer and has two children's clubs. Légenèse and Ty Bihan are smaller and more pleasant while St-Colomban is the place for wind- and kite-surfers. There is a coastal path to the sailing Mecca of La-Trinité-sur-Mer.

Grand Plage Quiberon about 1.5 hours drive
Quiberon is a small city that sits at the tip of a thin 15 km peninsula (called the Presqu'île de Quiberon, literally translated as "almost" island), which is flanked on the western side by the windswept, rocky and very picturesque Côte Sauvage ("wild coast"). Quiberon itself fans out around the beach and ports, where boats depart several times daily for Belle-Isle and fishing boats land their catches.

Quiberon has a wide sandy beach called the Grande Plage which is ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Spanning this beach is a 'boardwalk' lined with small shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants and crêpe stands.

Lac au Duc about 30 mins drive
This fresh water lake is just outside the town of Ploermel, about 30 mins from Moutsoir Remungol. You can park by the nautical centre and the sandy beach is close by. The beach is ideal for small children. You can hire pedalos and kayaks and there are a couple of small cafes.

Lac Du Guerleden about 30 mins drive
About 20 mins north of Pontivy is the fresh water Lac de Guerlédan, Brittany's largest lake. Not only is this the perfect place for sunning yourself or messing about on the water but the area also offers extensive trails for walking and cycling. The Quénécan forest and Abbaye de Bon Repos are not to be missed. The lake's main village is Beau Rivage on the north bank. It has a good beach and restaurants. you'll also be able to hire kayaks, pedalos or try your hand at water-skiing. Less active sorts can take life at a more leisurely pace on a boat trip.

Children's play area in the park Le Marie Park Lavoire Boule in the park Local Shop Park behind Chez Amis Local Shop Park behind Chez Amis


Gulf of Morbihan about 40 mins drive
About 40 minutes south of Moustoir Remungol lies the Gulf of Morbihan which is well worth exploring to find hidden bays to explore and restaurants from which to admire the beautiful scenery. From Locmariaquer and its ancient stones in the west, taking in the walled town of Vannes, on to the Rhuys Peninsula in the east, the gulf has something for all tastes.

The most unusual feature of the gulf is its islands; there are around 42. Many are owned by celebrities but the two largest, Île aux Moines and Île d'Arz, are favourite tourist destinations in summer. The cross-shaped Île aux Moines offers scenic walks around its 4 miles (7km) coast while Arz has lovely creeks and coves to enjoy a dip. One of the most popular activities is to take a boat trip around the gulf from Vannes, however, many visitors take the boat from Larmor-Baden to see the island of Gavrinis, probably the most impressive megalithic site in Brittany, whose long stone passageway is adorned with carvings.