Beaches in Brittany

You won’t have difficulty finding the beach of your dreams in Brittany. With 750 miles of coastline the choice is overwhelming. There is a great selection from quiet, sandy, secluded coves with rock pools to investigate to more easily accessible family beaches with promenades lined with ice cream parlors, surveyed swimming and activities such as, water sports, trampolines and beach ball. All the beaches in Brittany are free and, unless the beach is in in a town such as Dinard or St. Malo, so is the parking.

If you’re staying with us at La Tarais Gites here is a list of some of our favourite beaches for you to enjoy whilst you are on holiday.

St. Lunaire Beach in Brittany

St. Lunaire

St Lunaire (25 minutes)

This is a great beach to head to when the tide is out. Even at low tide it is still possible to reach the sea and have a lovely swim. There are two beaches on this peninsula. One for families which is close to the town centre with mini golf and a sailing school where you can hire boats and canoes.

Surf beach at St. Lunaire in Brittany.

Surfing in St. Lunaire


The other beach a little futher round the coast is great for those who love the waves, surfing and boogie boarding. There is a surf hut on this beach where you can hire boards and wet suits for the whole afternoon for as little as 20 euros. Not bad.

popular beaches in Brittany



The beaches are lined with stripped tents and bordered by promenades. The impressive Gothic mansions which line the coastal walks were Hitchcock’s inspiration for the house featured in “phyco” but don’t be scared, Dinard is a lovely seaside town. Dinard is also known also as the “Cannes of the North” as it hosts the British Film Festival in the early days of October every year.For romantic couples, take the “promenade de clair de la lune” (full moon walk) along the coast and enjoy the music as you go. The fruit and vegetable market is on every morning. For the children there are lovely sandy beaches and the “Grand Aquarium” is just outside the town on the way to St. Malo.

St. Jacut beach in Brittany

St Jacut de la Mer

St. Jacut de la Mer (25 minutes)

Only 25 minutes drive away you will find the beautiful seaside town of St. Jacut de la Mer. This wonderful peninsular has at least 7 beaches. The main beach is better suited for children whilst the beaches on the left hand side of the peninsular are more secluded. The tide goes out a long way here but when it does there is a great opportunity to walk out to l’île des Ébihens which is quite a way but worth it, it’s quite spectacular.

Beach at St. Cast le Guildo

St. Cast le Guildo

St Cast le Guildo (40 minutes)

Another popular beach for families is St-Cast LeGuildo. A true seaside resort, St.-Cast has many small beaches but the main bay provides activities for children and toddlers all through the summer months. It’s a beautiful place with shops, cafe’s and bars.

St Sieu beach at Lancieux

St. Sieu Beach at Lancieux

Lancieux, Plage St. Sieu is one of the better beaches if you have young children with you. There are toilettes, cafe’s and the beach is easily accessible. Like all of the beaches in this area it has the perfect sand for castles.
There is also another lovely beach to discover at Lanciaux called La Briantais. It is absolutely worth a visit as it is backed by a nature reserve and dunes, it’s very pretty but you do have to get the tide times right as the tide goes out a long way down the estuary.

Beaches at Erquy

Cap D'Erquy

Cap D’Erquy (45 minutes)

Erquy boasts 11 beaches of all types. The sand here is golden and the food great it is the main fishing port for scallops and is the birthplace of the famous French dish “Coquilles St. Jacques”. The walks along the cliff paths are magnificent and the path leads to some wonderful seclude bays. It’s well worth a visit for people who love to walk and dine especially in September when the heather covers the national parkland. Spectacular.

Pink Granit Coast in Brittany

Pink Granit Coast

Cote Granit Rose – Pink Granit Coast (2h30)

For those who don’t mind the drive, perhaps more for couples, a drive to the Pink Granit coast would be worth the day out. Arriving in the area, head for the the lighthouse at Ploumanac’h and walk towards Perros Guirec. The huge pink granit boulders have been softened into sculpted boulders which teter on top of one another. It’s irresistable not to try to catch the colour and softness on camera but it’s not the same as visiting this beautiful part of the coast.

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