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An April 2011 trip to Brittany by MagdaDH_AlexH

Pointe du Pen-Hir Photo, Brittany, France More Photos
Quote: Finistere + One place in Rennes
Cup of cider, Crozon's Ble Noir Photo, Brittany, France
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There must be something wildly romantic about a place called Finistere. I am not sure whether it's the name (I have a verging-on-obsessive penchant for end-of-the-world kind of places, and here is one which is actually called that!), the there-be-dragons feel, maybe even the eponymous album of the New-Orleans punk-folk Zydepunks had something to do with it. Finistere beckoned, thus, and one cold and sunny April morning we drove from our Morbihan gite to the end of the world (or, as you might have it, the Land's End). Incidentally, Finistere is the westernmost departement of France, Cornouaille is one of its historical regions and the whole departement lies directly across the Channel from Cornwall....Read More
Pointe du Pen-Hir Photo, Brittany, France
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The Crozon peninsula in western Finistere has three promontories – like three fingers sticking out into Iroise Sea. Cap de la Chevre is the southernmost cape, Pointe de Pen-Hir is the middle one and Pointe des Espagnols is the northernmost one. We start with Pointe de Pen-Hir. The holiday makers flock to the white beaches and the marina of Camaret Sur Mer (and those with a historical bent will want to see the UNESCO-listed Vauban Tower, part of the fortifications of the Goulet de Brest strait). Beyond Camaret, the wind and sea do their work on the rocky cliffs, creating a rugged landscape of sparse vegetation and wonderfully varied rock formations. The views stretch south to C...Read More

Pointe du Raz

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Attraction | "Edge of Brittany"

Pointe du Raz Photo, Brittany, France
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Our last day in Brittany is spent on the Cap Sizun peninsula, where we are staying at the Pors Peron camp-site. Although the camp-site is a five minutes' walk from a small cove with a golden crescent of a sandy beach nestled between two cliffs, there is more rocky headlands and wild stretches of coast all around and we decide to drive a bit further to the westernmost end of the peninsula where two well-known promontories stretch out into the Atlantic ocean: Pointe du Raz and Pointe du Van. The former is particularly well known for its rocky isolation, high cliffs and stormy seas – in act it was named after the Raz de Sein, a turbulent and dangerous stretch of water between the Pointe and t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2011

Pointe du Raz
Western Point
Plogoff, Finistere

Camping Pors Peron

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Hotel | "Good campsite near lovely coast"

Camping Pors Peron Photo, Brittany, France
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Most of our time in Brittany was in a lovely stone cottage on the Blavet river in Morbihan. However, we also spent three days at a camp-site in Finistere, not camping but in a mobile home. We found the Pors Peron camp-site online and chose it attracted by what seemed to be a good location, new caravans and keen prices (200 Euro for a week in the low season, and daily prices available). Located on the Cap Sizun peninsula west of Quimper, the Pors Peron camp-site is run by an English chap and thus fairly popular with British guests (at least during our stay) though we encountered people from several countries. The camp-site offers touring pitches which would be also suitable for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2011

Camping Pors Peron
Cap Sizun Peninsula
Beuzec Cap Sizun, Brittany

Etap Hotel Rennes Chantepie

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Hotel | "Typical Etap with decor a bit more tired than average"

Etap Hotel Rennes Chantepie Photo, Brittany, France
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The Rennes Etap was only the second of the chain that we stayed at and after the squeaky-clean, new and cheerfully functional (if very plastic) one in Bayeux, the Etap Rennes Chantepie was a little bit of a come-down. Still, it did what it says on the tin: just like the other Etaps, the Rennes one provides budget accommodation in roadside motels (often on the outskirts of cities). Etap Rennes Chantepie is located in the out-of tow commercial/industrial area of warehouses and business to business stores. The hotel is fairly easy to find (in fact most Etaps are – one you know which junction you want, there are usually signs all the way), just outside the Rennes ring-road, with several other...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2011

Etap Hotel Rennes Chantepie
3 Rue Du Vieux Jardin
Chantepie, Brittany 35135
+33(8)92680894