I love to go to Ploumanac’h. The little port is beautiful and for a sailor, the entrance into the harbour looks awesome. If you decide to go and have a look for your yourselves, I suggest trying to park in the port area, as there are plenty of spaces to park. Then follow the road (anti-clockwise round the port) and then right up the foot path near the Bureau du Port. You will then have a super little walk around the headland and back into the centre of Ploumanac’h. There is a lovely little statue near the top of the beach. It will attract you with its round shape … As you approach, you notice there is a small monument: the oratory of Saint-Guirec. This curious edifice, built on a pile of rocks and submerged by the waves at high tide, originated in the 12th century.
The statue of Saint Guirec was very popular with sailors’ wives who came to pray for the return of their husbands, and he was admired as much by the girls.
A caption read, that if they were able to stick a needle in the nose of the saint who sat there, they would be married within the year. The original wooden statue became so damaged that the parish eventually replaced this with a copy statue made of granite.
Admire the chateau on the island off the beach. Enjoy a fantastic ‘fruit de mer’ in the cafe overlooking the beach. Walk a little further around the footpath (Sentier des Douarniers) towards Perros Guirec and have a close look at the little lighthouse and the fantastic lifeboat station in the cove around the corner. If you are exhausted, there is a shortcut back to your car using the roads via the centre of the village.
Les Sept Iles, or the seven islands, are one of the most important bird sancturies in Brittany. These islands lie just off the coast and you will see them on this walk. Half – day boat trips leave from Perros Guirec and Ploumanac’h. The islands are home to many species including puffins and petrels. www.armor-decouverte.fr
ISLE DE BATZ
This little island is just offshore from the town of Roscoff. If you came to Brittany via Roscoff ferry terminal you will have passed it by on the way in. From the centre of the town take a water taxi from the port to the island. It is a 10 ~ 15 minute trip. On the island you will find bicycles for hire, or in less than a full day you can walk around the island and soak up the atmosphere of the sea and land together. It is a super place to go with some nice restaurants and you can climb up the lighthouse tower and enjoy the view.
Next weekend, 29 May 2011, is the local festival of the pommes de terres (potatoes). These are early spuds and they are small but delicious. Look at these websites:-
Dimanche 29 mai, a fer a flots sera sur l’île de Batz pour la fête de la pomme de terre. Apéro paysan, expositions, ventes de légumes.. Il reste des places. On Sunday 29 May a Feraflot trip will be going to the festival of the first crop of potatoes. There will be an exhibition and sale of vegetables.
There are still some places remaining on this trip ~ hurry now!