Take a picnic and enjoy the view from Pointe-de Pen Hir
Two World War II memorials dot the rugged cliffs at Pointe-de Pen Hir, a stunning headland in Brittany, on France's Crozon peninsula. A few minutes from Camaret-sur-Mer, an ancient-fishing-village-turned-artist-colony, the rugged cliffs of Pointe de Pen-Hir encase a number of walking paths, cove beaches, megalithic sites and lookout points. Approximately 30 minutes drive from the house.
Visit the "most beautiful village in France"
Locronan, officially one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' was a sacred place for the celts - known as a 'nemeton'. The cobbled Place de l'eglise and the substantial vaulted 15th century St Ronan church are in the centre of the town, and the best place to start your visit. Be sure to explore the numerous small side-streets heading off from the main square with their wide choice of artisan boutiques and small, yet impressive art galleries. If you think Locronan looks familiar, it has featured in several films including Tess by Roman Polanski.
Walk to the beach
Head off down the hill for an afternoon at Trez Bellec beach, a wonderful long sandy bay on the sheltered southern side of the Crozon peninsula. Remember it is uphill on the way back!
Admire the view
Drive to the Menez Hom, the highest point in Brittany to take advantage of the 360 degree views to Brest in the north and across the Crozon peninsula to the Celtic Sea in the west. Mysterious traces of stone walls and a neolithic tomb have led to many a legend about this area, and the chapel of Ste-Marie-du-Menez-Hom on the hill's southern slope has a surprisingly ornate décor for such a rural setting.
The Crozon peninsula is part of the larger Armorique National Park, which stretches eastward into the region and contains the rugged Monts d'Arrée range - gorse and heather topped hills which are mountains in Breton terms at least. Their elevation affords wonderful views in all directions.
A day out in Brest
Brittany's second largest city, Brest offers a multitude of attractions and activities: the Castle and Tour Tanguy are the principal landmarks, and those wanting to delve into the city's history should visit the museums housed therein; art museums, cinemas and theatres aplenty for lovers of the arts; the excellent aquarium centre Océanopolis is a fantastic family day out.
Be active and adventurous
Trez Bellec beach is home to The Centre Nautique. Take part in rock climbing and watersports including sailing, windsurfing, surfing and kayaking.
The local market is a fantastic place to pick up typical Breton specialities such as butter biscuits and cakes, as well as fresh produce to cook back at the house. Telgruc sur Mer has a market on Tuesday and Friday mornings, whilst Crozon holds a daily morning market. Further afield, the Halles covered marketplace in the centre of Douarnenez also hosts a market every morning. (Daily except Sundays!)
Discover nature as it is
Take in the varied landscape of Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique and see nature as it is with sea birds from the islands, European otters and wild beavers in the rivers and the swamps.
A day out in Chateaulin
Take a trip to the market town of Chateaulin on the banks of the river Aulne and the Brest-Nantes Canal. Visit of a Thursday when the market is in full swing on the waterfront and take in places of interest such as the Chapelle Notre-Dame, former quarries, the viaduct, and the aquatic observatory.
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