One of the standout memories from our two-week trip to Brittany is the hike along the Ploumanac’h on the Pink Granite Coast. This distinctive coastline stretches from the Pointe de l’Arcouest to Trébeurden, presenting a series of captivating curves, islands, and islets. The rocks along the coast has a unique coppery pink hue that glows in the sunlight. Carved by the sea and shaped by the wind, the rugged pink granite coast is a haven for hikers.
Our adventure in Ploumanac’h began early in the morning, armed with cameras, as we began the cliffside hike. The entire coastal path around Ploumanac’h is quite extensive, ending at the beach (Plage de Trestraou) in Perros-Guirec.
Hiking trail at Ploumanac’h on the Pink Granite Coast
While trekking, it’s crucial to adhere to the designated path crafted to preserve the surrounding nature. Although many rocks are accessible, proper footwear is a must. Our route took us from the lighthouse (Phare de Men Ruz) to the Côte de Granite Rose parking lot, retracing our steps on the return journey. Alternatively, one can opt for a loop walk, deviating from the coastal trail on the way back.
The meticulously maintained coastal trail offers charming vistas and stunning scenery. Please note that cycling is prohibited on this trail. Along the walking path, an informative board details the status of the former and the recently upgraded path.
Lighthouse (Phare de Men Ruz)
Our initial destination was the Ploumanac’h Lighthouse, an impressive structure crafted from pink granite. In the vicinity of the lighthouse, we caught our first glance of the substantial pink rocks. Unfortunately, the lighthouse grounds were off-limits to the public during our visit, but we could still admire its presence from a distance.
The lifeboat station
Next, we strolled past the lifeboat station, its slippery ramp extending into the waves. I approached the water’s edge and spotted several divers. In the gentle morning breeze, I found myself transported to a tranquil, new world. The entire scene exuded an idyllic charm.
Unique rock formation
While navigating the trail, numerous viewpoints provide a glimpse of eccentric rocks emerging from the sea. These formations, resembling everyday objects, boast unique names. Given the ever-changing hues of the large rocks in different lights, we seized the chance to test out our recently acquired camera lenses.
The coastal hiking trail consistently presents awe-inspiring panoramas of the pink granite rocks and the expansive open sea. In certain areas, the paths seamlessly blend into the rocks. Scaling some of these formations, we gained a different perspective on the coastline.
The bottom of the sea
During lunchtime, the foreshore was emerging during the low tide. We strolled over the seabed between the rose granite rocks. In this hidden world, small crustaceans and other aquatic creatures were scattered among the rocks, unable to escape our curious gaze.
Plage de Trestraou
The Pink Granite Coast isn’t just about rugged landscapes and hard rocks. There are also numerous coves sheltered by trees and beaches with fine sands, like the beautiful Plage de Trestraou in Perros-Guirec. At the conclusion of the hiking trail in Ploumanac’h on the Pink Granite Coast, the flat, white sandy beach creates a paradise for bathers. On that sunlit day, the Seven Islands, a small archipelago just a few kilometres away, were visible from the beach.
Most beachside restaurants offer stunning sea views. On that dazzlingly sunny day, we enjoyed a three-course seafood lunch right next to the beach, making it the highlight of our trip.
Pink Granite Coast travel tips
Other renowned places along the Pink Granite Coast
Plougrescant, not far from Ploumanac’h on the pink granite coast, is renowned for a unique house nestled between two rocks. During our recent visit, we had a fantastic view of both the distinctive house and the captivating coastline. Simply follow the signs for “La Maison du Gouffre” from the parking area to reach this fascinating spot.
Ile-de-Brehat, known as the island of flowers, is situated just off the coast from Pointe de l’Arcouest. The harmonious blend of trees, flowers, and the pink granite backdrop makes the island an enchanting holiday destination. Whether exploring by bicycle or on foot, the island offers a picturesque experience. And, the ferry operates throughout the year, departing from Pointe de l’Arcouest, north of Paimpol.
Plan enough time for the walking activities
For a quick getaway from Paris, consider spending a day or two at one of the coastal hotels to fully appreciate the awe-inspiring sculpted rocks. The coastline presents two contrasting views – during high tide, numerous giant rocks emerge from the sea, and a few hours later, at low tide, the landscape transforms into a different world. If you’re a photographer, capturing the scenery in various daylight conditions becomes a delightful challenge.
Be aware of safety
In terms of safety, it’s crucial to stick to the designated walking paths to ensure your well-being and preserve the integrity of this natural reserve area. Besides, the pink granite coast is truly a haven for many birds.