You can leave your rose-tinted glasses behind when you visit the Rose Granite Coast in Northern Brittany as the rocks really are pink in hue. For five miles or so between Perros Guirec and Ploumanac’h, the coast is strewn with huge, rose coloured boulders.
Walking is the way to see this stretch of the coast. The ‘Sentier des Douaniers’, or Custom Officers’ Path, is just over three miles long and affords spectacular views of the weird rock shapes. Parts of the coast near to carparks can get crowded, stepping out along the path lets you escape the crowds. The first time we followed the path we had children of four and six and all managed to get to the end without complaint.
Ploumanac’h lighthouse was built in 1860 to warn sailors away from the rocks, it still fulfils that function but now also attracts hoards of camera-toting tourists. There is a handy car park enabling those who don’t want to walk miles to glimpse the Rose Granite Coast.
Scrambling over rocks is always popular in our household. We took several breaks for exploration of the rocks away from the path. Some of the rocks have been given names such as ‘Napoleons Hat’, we had fun trying to work out which they were but didn’t have much luck!
Stunning blue agapanthus were in bloom all over Northern Brittany when we visited. I bought some bulbs back but they don’t seem to like Surrey chalk. These ones are overlooking the beach at Ploumanac’h at the end of the walk.
Sand, rockpools, safe swimming and ice-cream are the ingredients of the perfect Cultural Wednesday family beach. Ploumanac’h has all these. In addition in the summer it is possible to hire paddle boards to explore the bay. It is the perfect place to picnic whilst you either gather the energy to walk back to the car or summon a taxi to take you there.