Exploring the Rose Granite Coast in Brittany

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.

Rose Granite Coast, Brittany, phare

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.

Rose Granite Coast, Brittany, France

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.

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!

Rose Granite Coast, Brittany, France

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.

Rose Granite Coast

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.

Just a little further west along the coast we discovered a Breton beach cross that begged to be investigated.



  1. February 5, 2017 / 1:06 am

    What a fantastic and scenic stretch of coastline!

    • February 5, 2017 / 9:07 am

      It is amazing and only for a very short stretch

  2. February 5, 2017 / 1:30 am

    Beautiful photos and I have found that Agapanthus like to be squashed together and in sun against a wall. Maybe try planting them in tubs and when they are pot bound plant in the ground but in a big clump #MySundayPhoto

    • February 5, 2017 / 9:08 am

      Thank you, I have a low south facing wall, so I shall try that.

  3. February 5, 2017 / 1:32 am

    What a beautiful place to go. I am sold :) #MySundayPhoto

  4. February 5, 2017 / 1:37 am

    Oh for blue sky and a little feel of spring, looks lovely here.

  5. February 5, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Looks like such a beautiful place to explore #MySundayPhoto

  6. February 5, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Love your intro, hehe. What a gorgeous place. #MySundayPhoto

  7. February 5, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Hi Catherine, what a lovely place to walk. The blue sky really compliments the pink hue of the rocks. I do love the photograph with the agapanthus and the view in the background.


  8. February 5, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Beautiful photos that make me yearn for summer and the return of my Agapanthus.
    Have a great day and thanks for sharing

  9. February 5, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    The rocks remind me of something you might see in the Seychelles. Such a pretty coast!

  10. February 5, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Stunning pictures.

  11. February 7, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    What a beautiful coastline and such pretty coloured rocks :-)

    • February 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      It is very beautiful, we keep on returning

  12. February 10, 2017 / 12:53 am

    What a pretty spot. I always think that for kids ambling over rocks is like playing in natures playground.

  13. February 10, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    It looks really beautiful there, lovely photos.

  14. February 13, 2017 / 6:01 am

    First time I hears about this stretch of coast but I am glad I learned about it from you. This are the kind of places I enjoy a lot. Knowing there is a hiking trail that provides easy access to the area is nice. I can imagine myself walking around here.

  15. March 2, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Beautiful photos, and seems like a perfect family outing! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. March 6, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Aah, another gorgeous part of France, is there no end to them? It’s amazing how pink the rocks look, thanks for sharing with #AllAboutFrance

  17. April 4, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    The rocks do really look pink, how amazing! I would love to let my kids loose on the sentier des douaniers too! x

  18. May 22, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    What a beautiful part of France! Those rock formations looks pretty unique and I love that they’re a slight pink! #MondayEscapes

  19. May 22, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Such gorgeous rocky coastline :) Thanks for sharing your photos…always drawn to those of the sea

  20. May 22, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    ooh we are heading to Brittany in late August so ave pinned this to read again then too. Thanks for sharing with us #MondayEscapes

    • May 22, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      We love Brittany, where are you headed?

  21. May 22, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    We visited last summer, a lovely stretch of coastline to walk along. The French equivalent of the Red Arrows were giving a display over the sea so the whole route was busy with visitors, great to clamber over all the rocks though! #Mondayescapes

    • May 22, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Sounds like quite an amazing thing to see

  22. travelingchristie
    May 25, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    ooh it is so beautiful it looks so exotic, I would love to visit and see that shore line. Thanks so much for liking up #MondayEscapes x

  23. July 27, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Oh, I have s thing for rocky coasts. So beautiful!

  24. July 27, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    What gorgeous scenery! I’ve been seeing more and more rocky coasts lately, there’s one on a Hawaiian island that’s spectacular. #wanderfulwednesday

  25. Clare Thomson
    July 28, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    What beautiful photos, Catherine! We love clambering over rocks as well. We’d be so happy here and I’m saving this for a future visit. I’d like to explore more of Brittany. Fabulous share for #FarawayFiles

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