Pierre

The village of Ploumanac’h is part of the commune of Perros-Guirrec in the département of Côtes d’Armor in Brittany. It was chosen as the French favourite village in 2015 by France 2 TV programme.

Ploumanac’h derives from ‘plou’ meaning parish and ‘Manac’h’ from St. Manaccus, an Irish monk.

The delightful harbour village is situated in a stunning rockscape made up of rose-tinted crags, cliffs and boulders. A stroll in the narrow streets of the village will reveal its old houses made of stone.

Despite its appearance, the fairy-tale castle of Costaérès that stands atop a rocky islet does not date from the Middle Ages. It was built in 1896 by Bruno Abakanowicz. A private estate, the island and its castle are not open to visitors.

Ploumanac'h Castle © Pir6mon - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Ploumanac’h Castle © Pir6mon – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The natural harbour of Ploumanac’h is a beautiful site to visit as are the Anse Saint-Guirec, the Anse de Pors Kamor and the cape of Skewell. The shores of Ploumenac’h are part of the Côte de granite rose (Pink granite coast), a stretch of indented coastline from Plestin-les-Grèves to Louannec. This popular tourist destination is renowned for its unusual and spectacular pink sands and rock formations seldom found elsewhere in Europe. There are only three natural pink granite coasts in the world: in Brittany, in Egypt and in China.

The gigantic rocks have been sculpted by the sea and the wind over the centuries. The coast can be discovered on foot thanks to the long-range GR34 hiking trail that was once the customs officers’ path.

Ploumanac'h © Donar Reiskoffer - licence [CC BY 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Ploumanac’h © Donar Reiskoffer – licence [CC BY 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

A ferry-boat links Perros-Guirec to the Sept-Isles (Seven Islands), Brittany’s largest bird sanctuary. The achipelago is home to 27 species of birds totalising around 24,000 pairs.

Rouzic Island Ploumanac'h © Raphodon - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Rouzic Island Ploumanac’h © Raphodon – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Featured image: © Demeester – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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