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PRESQU’ILE DE QUIBERON: BRITTANY, FRANCE’S SECRET GEM

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Last Updated on 3rd February 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

If there’s one destination I visited last year that completely blew me away, it was Brittany. And, more specifically, Presqu’ile de Quiberon. Stretching out nearly nine miles into the sea, in English, this quaint destination is known as ’the Quiberon Peninsula’.

Tucked away in the Morbihan region of Brittany, Presqu’Ile de Quiberon is just that- an almost-island! During the last tropical age, when sea levels were higher, the area was, actually an island. Today, the small strip of land is connected to the rest of France via a small, barely kilometer wide slice of a sand bar. The region itself is breathtaking. With rugged coastline, sparkling waters and a surprising lack of tourists, it’s the kind of place you never get to hear about in guide books.

Morbihan itself is packed with culture, history, and plenty of things to see and do. The region is home to the largest set of Dolmens in the world, the supposed birthplace of legendary King Arthur (you know, the legend of Arthur where Merlin is the wizard) and a whole load of good food. Think cheeses, cider, and my personal favourite, the Kouign Amann (a cake that’s almost entirely made of butter and sugar)! Oh, and if all that wasn’t already enough, Brittany has its own Celtic language, that of Breton.

La Côte Sauvage

To the west of Presqu’ile de Quiberon, ‘la Cotê Sauvage’ (in French, literally, ‘wild coast’), a protected stretch of land that’s constantly windswept by the Atlantic. It’s here that you’ll find golden sandy beaches and sunsets straight out of a storybook. Today, rabbit warrens dominate the predominantly barren landscape, inhabiting abandoned concrete bunkers, a sharp reminder of the region’s darker past. The long and barren stretch of beach, known locally as ‘Penthièvre Beach’

It’s hard to imagine that these shores were once key players and held strategic vantage points during WWII. Today, Fort de Penthièvre is still in use as a military training ground. The obstacles are tough and operated by the French military of Defence. Just behind the fort, there’s a memorial to those brave resistance fighters who were killed during the German occupation of 1944.

Baie de Quiberon

To the east of the Presqu’Ile de Quiberon lies the charming bay of Quiberon. Sheltered from the ocean by the rest of the rugged landscape, it’s here where all the action happens. And in the very heart of the bay? A town of the same name: Quiberon. Quaint and picturesque, Quiberon is everything you’d expect of a typical Breton town. A mix of blue painted wooden houses and the granite that’s typical of the area. The town is full of pubs and bars; ie the perfect places to head to for a cider following a windy coastal walk. I mean, the area isn’t called ‘peninsula of dreams’ for nothing….

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie.com when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

11 Comments

  • Diane
    18th February 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Love Quiberon! Was there last month. Absolutely worth a stop!

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  • Jenn and Ed Coleman
    7th February 2017 at 2:01 am

    This place looks gorgeous! The seacliffs and rocks coming out of the ocean remind me a lot of Northern California. I will definitely add this to my France list.

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  • Leah
    7th February 2017 at 12:00 am

    I’ve never traveled to Brittany myself, but your photos make me want to add it to my bucket list for sure! This looks like the perfect place for a road trip, especially with a name like “peninsula of dreams”. Love the fun facts about the history of Brittany, I had no idea they had their own celtic language!

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  • Samantha Lorenz
    6th February 2017 at 11:54 pm

    What a hidden gem! Finding a gorgeous place in one thing, but finding a gorgeous place that is deserted is oh so sweet. I have a France trip in the works, I’ll have to see if I can squeeze this all in too!

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  • Aleks F.
    6th February 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, Brittany looks wonderful! Your photos are stunning and the guide is so helpful. It was nice to hear about the history behind the beauty as well. I will definitely put this on my list next time we are near France.

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  • Melissa
    6th February 2017 at 9:08 pm

    This place looks beautiful. What I love most though is that it looks like there is hardly anyone there. I would love to have that beach practically to myself. What a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the sound of the ocean.

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  • Julianne
    6th February 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Glad I read your post about Brittany! I never would have considered adding it to my France trip if I hadn’t seen your photos. I’ve been to Nice and the French Riviera, but nowhere else in France, so this is great! And Kouign Amann sounds delicious. 🙂

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  • [email protected]
    6th February 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I can see why this area is called “the peninsula of dreams” – it’s beautiful! Those cliffs make for great photos! Interesting to know that Fort de Penthièvre is still used to train the French military.

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  • Raymond Carroll
    6th February 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Nice post. The closest I’ve been to France is Jersey in the Channel Islands, where – on a clear day, you can see the coast of France. I’ve always fancied going to France though and Presqu’Ile de Quiberon, looks lovely. I am a keen hiker and it looks like the perfect place for doing just that. Enjoyed reading this – thanks for sharing!

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  • Rhiannon
    6th February 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve never been to France before at all (other than driving through on the way to Germany) but I’ve been reading more and more posts about the country these days and Brittany in particular is a region that appeals to me big time! This is a wonderful little guide with some fantastic photos – it’s definitely somewhere I’ll bear in mind when planning my currently hypothetical French road trip.

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  • Alix @ Bisous des Caribous
    6th February 2017 at 3:44 am

    Brittany is one of my favourite places on the planet! I haven’t been to Presqu’ile, but it looks just as stunning as the other areas of Brittany I’ve visited.

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