Definitely add this location to your life list of paddling destinations!
The northern coast of Brittany is renowned for the spectacular ruggedness and beautiful color of the pink granite that predominates much of the exposed shoreline. This translates to: fabulous coastal sea kayaking terrain! Breathtaking natural stone sculptures lead kayakers to the soft side of coastal areas as well; where paddlers weave in and around tranquil, protected sand beaches, estuaries and charming coastal villages.
In the same way that this coast offers superb kayaking terrain, the hiking follows suit. Picturesque pathways take you through soft grassy fields dotted with quaint cottages, along wild windswept beaches and cliffs, and past the famed menhirs; enormous stone monuments mysteriously erected thousands of years ago.
Brittany has always been a fiercely independent region that shares a Celtic history with the coastal territories of northern neighbors Ireland, Wales, Normandy, and England. It was not until the late 15th century that Brittany officially became a part of France and to date the Bretons consider themselves a separate people, with their own customs and traditions.
Of note in this area is the remarkable tidal range; up to 40 feet at spring tides. This offers paddlers exciting wave dynamics and rock gardens to play in as well as a great background for learning about paddling with tidal effects. It also exposes vast areas of shoreline to the enjoyment of wild, fresh oysters!
Navigational markers are critical to mariners cruising these serious waters known as the Breton Sea or south English Channel. There is a legacy of lighthouses on the Brittany coast; many were bombed out in WWII and have subsequently been restored and are open to visitation. Some of these sites are only approachable by water and provide compelling open water destinations for sea kayakers.
Brittany is the largest agricultural producing region in France. Tuesday is market day and open air displays are resplendent with local fresh artichokes, fava beans, cauliflower as well as a staggering variety of fresh seafood; mussels, oysters, scallops, crab, sea bass and more. Crepes, fabulous cheese and wine, chocolate and the world's best yogurt round out the tastiest kayaking lunches you will ever imagine!
Each enchanting day of this trip becomes a story of history, culture and adventure. Make it your story!