Saint-Brieuc, your gateway to Brittany
Light, character and spectacular views
Step outside of our hotel and restaurant and your journey through the wonderful Brittany is just beginning. When staying in Saint-Brieuc, you’ll find yourself on the “North Face”. Northern Brittany will open its arms wide to you, from the Iroise Sea to Mont Saint-Michel. Starting from the west and travelling eastward is the Pointe Saint Mathieu, one of the most western points of Brittany. Side by side, the abbey, the lighthouse and the semaphore stand steadfastly against the often-stormy elements. Despite a reputation for being greyer than most parts of France, as you head north, you’ll keep noting the variety of colours on display, such as along the aptly named Pink Granite Coast.
There is also the Sept-Îles archipelago, constituting Rouzic, Malban, the Île Bono, the Île aux Moines, the Île Plate, Les Costans and Les Cerfs. They’ve been a protected site since 1912 and a nature reserve since 1975. The archipelago is home to a small group of seals, and the only colony of Northern gannets in France live on Rouzic. You can reach the Île de Bréhat in around 10 minutes by boat and revel in its floral fragrances and colours - a true heaven on Earth thanks to the Gulf Stream which warms its shores.
The Saint-Brieuc Bay will also delight you - here scallops reign supreme. Enjoy them as part of some tasty recipes, or in a simple fashion like our local sailors love it. Their colourful boats bring life to the ports that dot the coast, such as Paimpol. The Côte de Penthièvre between Saint-Brieuc and the Cap Fréhel will stun you with its preserved beaches, protected by French law, and the typical seaside towns such as Pléneuf Val-André (site of the Château de Bien Assis). From this town’s Port du Dahouët, sailors would once have head out cod-fishing around Newfoundland and Iceland. You can hear many other stories along the Côte d’Emeraude beyond the Cap Fréhel, including at Saint-Malo (city of the legendary pirate Robert Surcouf), Dinard (with its “folies”, 19th century holiday villas of well-to-do foreigners), Cancale and the unsinkable miracle that is Mont Saint-Michel.