The road trip was filled with happiness and laughter, it was a journey unlike any other. We set off by picking up a friend from Munich. We travelled on this journey as a trio, we were equipped with snacks, food, water to drink, and some accessories to make the trip as comfortable and exciting as possible. The journey was a thrilling ride. The final destination was the village of Plozévet. In Metz, Reims, and a place near Stuttgart, Germany, we were able to charge our car. Having a total of five of us staying at a villa in Plozévet, my holiday was everything I imagined and expected it to be. It gave an unforgettable experience of ten relaxing days in Brittany.
We had a layover in Reims, stayed at the Ibis hotel, and visited Notre-Dame de Reims, where we found comfort in the welcoming ambiance of the cathedral. Our short stay in Reims included some local delicacies, such as Quiché Lorraine, lemon tart, water, coffee, and Orangina.
Visit To The Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims:
Our accommodation in Plozévet was graciously provided by my partner’s best friend’s family. They opened their villa to us, ensuring our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. The property is located on a stretch of land that borders the Atlantic Ocean. They have several sheep, lambs, and a small poultry population. Everything about the environment was welcoming, relaxing, and calm. This is a great place to relax and get away from all the stress and trouble. My partner and the other holidaymakers went swimming in the ocean most mornings, but I was unable to join as I cannot swim.
When we arrived in Plozévet, we had already anticipated what our stay would be, and it did not disappoint. Therefore, the experience was both enriching and memorable. Our accommodation in Plozévet was graciously provided by my partner’s best friend’s family. They opened their villa to us, ensuring our stay was comfortable and enjoyable.
Plozévet is a French coastal town in the Finistère department of Brittany. Situated on the westernmost edge of the region, Plozévet offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a rich maritime heritage.
One of the notable features of Plozévet is its stunning coastline. It is home to beautiful sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and picturesque coves. There are numerous opportunities for beach walks, sunbathing, and water activities such as swimming, surfing, and sailing.
Plozévet’s architecture features a mix of old stone houses, colourful fishermen’s cottages, and quaint narrow streets. Throughout the town, you will encounter local shops and cosy cafés, where you can indulge in delicious French pastries and coffee.
Plozévet is also well-known for its strong cultural identity. You may get to see fishing boats returning to the harbour to unload their catch of the day.
Those who enjoy nature will appreciate the surrounding natural beauty of the town, which is located near the Pointe du Raz, a magnificent headland known for its dramatic cliffs and panoramic views. It offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, which makes it an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation and tranquillity. It promises to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
I celebrated my birthday in Plozévet. My friends had a lovely breakfast prepared in the garden after they greeted me with a little out of tune birthday song. As a surprise they had baked a lemon cake, my favourite.
We enjoyed lunch at the Coral, a restaurant with a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a wonderful time of celebration of me. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Where We Visited:
We explored the town, went for some sightseeing and had something to eat at a restaurant during our visit to Audierne. Shopping at Kabambi plus a selection of other stores. Kabambi is a unique shop with a wide selection of home decor, accessories, and some Afrocentric products. The shop caught our eye when we first visited Audierne last year. Furthermore, we purchased a number of home furnishings and accessories for our house. I took a few shopping trips to BioCoop, a popular organic grocery store in the area.
Audierne is a picturesque coastal town located in the Finistère department of Brittany, France. Situated at the mouth of the Goyen River, the town offers a blend of maritime heritage, scenic beauty, and a vibrant fishing community.
One of the notable features of Audierne is its bustling fishing port. As you stroll along the harbour, you’ll witness local fishermen unloading their catches, and the air is sometimes filled with the aroma of freshly caught seafood. This is a glimpse into the town’s strong connection to the sea/ocean and its fishing traditions.
Audierne’s coastal location also means it has stunning beaches and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as surfing, windsurfing, and sailing.
The town exudes a maritime character, narrow streets lined with colourful houses, traditional shops, and inviting cafés with a welcoming ambiance.
Exploring the town on foot allows you to discover hidden gems, like local boutiques selling nautical-themed souvenirs, art galleries showcasing regional works, and quaint bistros serving delicious seafood.
Its location makes it the ideal base to explore the beauty of the surrounding area. From the nearby Pointe du Raz, a distinct headland known for its rugged cliffs and panoramic views, to the scenic coastal paths that offer breathtaking sceneries. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to discover, participate in and enjoy all year round.
Pointe De Penmarch:
We hit the road to Pointe De Penmarch on our fourth day in Brittany and had a blast. Our lunch included a panoramic view of the town, a lovely lunch, and a stroll along the promenade. It was such a relaxing experience. The weather was pleasant, beautiful, and favourable. Naturally, I was unable to help myself. I did what I always do, which is taking some cool pictures. I loved every bit of the experience.
Pointe de Penmarch is a breathtaking headland located on the western coast of Brittany, France. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, it offers captivating panoramic views, exceptional cliffs, and windswept landscape that captures the essence of Brittany’s pure allure and charm.
The Lighthouse (Phare d’Eckmühl):
Pointe de Penmarch is known for its lighthouse, Phare d’Eckmühl, which stands tall at a height of 65 meters (213.25 ft). This iconic landmark has guided ships along the waters of the Bay of Biscay since it’s construction in 1897. The lighthouse’s summit offers stunning views of the shoreline for visitors and adventurers. I did this with my partner and Oliver. The experience was truly memorable.
The crags of Pointe de Penmarch provide a striking backdrop against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Nature lovers and photographers will find ample of opportunities to capture the views of the rocky coastline. It offers a unique wild-untamed beauty. The windswept landscape is ideal for long walks/strolls, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of the region.
It is also known for its picturesque sandy beaches, such as Saint-Guénolé and Pors Carn. These stretches of golden sand provide a tranquil setting for sunbathing, picnicking, and leisurely walks along the beach. It is also a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts, who can enjoy activities like surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding in the rolling waves.
If you’re seeking an out of this world scenery, a taste of authentic Breton culture, or a peaceful retreat, Pointe de Penmarch is a place for you. With its impressive lighthouse, dramatic cliffs, and beautiful beaches, it is a destination that captures the essence of Brittany’s coastal sweeps.
It took us about twenty-five to thirty minutes to get there from Pointe de Penmarch. The town of Pont Croix is a cool place to visit, with tons of cool stuff to do. It is about 10 km from Audierne and has a somewhat similar vibe. We visited the town for about an hour and drove back to the villa in Plozévet after shopping at the local organic supermarket.
Pont-Croix is a middle age town in the Finistère arm of Brittany. It is rich in history and has a great deal of picturesque architecture. The picturesque village offers a glimpse into the area’s vibrant cultural legacy.
The town’s name, Pont-Croix, translates to “Cross Bridge” in English.
One of the main attractions in Pont-Croix is its well-preserved historic centre.
The town has several cool coffee shops, stores, and eateries that are great places to grab a quick coffee or a tasty meal while exploring or checking out the place.
The Église Saint-Joseph, is a beautiful 15th-century church in Pont-Croix. It is a Gothic-Style church that boasts intricate stone carvings and stunning stained-glass windows, this a must-visit.
The town is near the Cap-Sizun peninsula, which is renowned for its rugged coastline, cliffs, and sandy beaches.
Ponte Du Raz:
Both my partner and I drove to Ponte Du Raz. We walked along the coastline, took some beautiful pictures and videos. This is a really serene place to visit. Take a stroll, unwind and leave the stress of life behind you for the moment at least. We thoroughly enjoyed it here.
Ponte Du Raz left a lasting impression with its charm and allure.
It is an iconic headland situated on the westernmost tip of Finistère in Brittany. Ponte Du Raz is one of the most breathtaking natural landmarks in the region, attracting visitors from all over the world.
It offers a rugged and untamed coastal landscape, characterized by towering cliffs, surging waves, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The site is part of the Armorique Natural Regional Park, which ensures the preservation of its natural beauty and unique ecosystems.
Visitors can embark on scenic walks along well-maintained trails that snakes through heathlands, moorlands, and wildflower meadows.
The highlight of a visit to Pointe du Raz will be reaching the spectacular “Raz de Sein” viewpoint. From this vantage point, you can witness gigantic waves crashing against the rugged cliffs, creating a mesmerizing display of nature’s force. On clear days, the view extends to the offshore islands of Île de Sein and Île de Molène.
It’s worth noting that Pointe du Raz is designated as a Grand Site de France, a prestigious designation given to exceptional natural sites in the country. This recognition reflects the site’s importance and its commitment to sustainable tourism and conservation.
We had the pleasure of visiting Quimper, for a few hours and had a delightful lunch, plus a tour of the town. It took about forty-five to fifty minutes to get there from Plozévet.
Quimper is located in the Finistère sector/region of Brittany. With its rich history, picturesque architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, it offers a delightful experience for visitors.
The city is best known for its distinctive Breton character and its historical significance as the capital of the Cornouaille region. The middle age heritage is evident in its well-preserved old town, where narrow cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and beautiful squares create a riveting atmosphere.
At the heart of Quimper lies the stunning Cathedral of Saint-Corentin, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The cathedral’s impressive spires and intricate sculptures make it a must-visit for tourists and visitors alike.
Walking through the streets of Quimper, you’ll come across numerous boutiques, artisanal shops, and galleries.
It is a captivating town that offers a blend of history, art, culture, and natural beauty. I must say, Quimper is catching and will leave a lasting impression on its visitors and tourists alike.
Layover In Nancy:
We wanted to have a layover in Nancy. This was greatly needed, as we were exhausted from the long drive from Plozévet to our home. The Ibis hotel was our base for the day, and we started off with a delicious breakfast at a nearby coffee shop, then we took a quick stroll around town and had a blast.
Nancy is a city located in the northeastern part of France, in the region of Grand Est. With its rich history, amazing architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, Nancy offers a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary flair.
One of the standout features of Nancy is its exquisite architectural heritage. The city is renowned for its UNESCO-listed Place Stanislas, a grand square considered as one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is adorned with elegant buildings, statues, and intricate ironwork, the square serves as the centrepiece of the city and is a testament to Nancy’s architectural prowess.
Nancy also boasts of a thriving cultural scene. The city is home to numerous museums, theatres, and art galleries, that offer a diverse range of artistic experiences. The Nancy Opera House, with it’s stunning facade and world-class performances, is a must-visit for those who love the theatre and opera.
The culinary scene is mainly focused on traditional French cuisine and regional specialities, ranging from cafés, brasseries to some Michelin-starred restaurants. I must say, from what I could see from the short time we spent there, the city offers a lot of variety. This is a city where I would love the opportunity of a longer stay, to enjoy what it has to offer.
Where And What We Ate:
Our dining experiences were truly delightful. Upon arrival, Souzy and Oliver, welcomed us with a delicious hot vegetable soup. Throughout our stay, we enjoyed a variety of home cooked meals. Furthermore, we indulged in numerous dining encounters at various eateries, with breakfast being a feast of freshly prepared French breakfast delights, including baguettes, croissants, and numerous other Breton delights, from the nearby pastry shop. Twice, Aline also provided us with pesto pasta for lunch.
On our last day in Plozévet, we enjoyed a healthy vegetable soup prepared by Souzy as a starter, followed by homemade rice and stew prepared by yours truly. We also had a big sweet breakfast together on the day.
What To Do When In Brittany:
When in Brittany, be ready for an unforgettable experience! There is so much to discover and explore. Like medieval towns, stunning coastal landscapes, and delightful Breton cuisine. From visiting places like Mont Saint-Michel to enjoying cultural festivals, Brittany offers something for everyone. Try to immerse yourself in the local culture by trying traditional Breton crêpes, exploring ancient castles, and venturing along the coastlines. Embrace the warmth of the locals, and create lifelong memories in this wonderful corner of France.
Pros and Cons:
Brittany provides a quiet and serene environment, allowing you to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of larger cities. It offers everything you need for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday, making it an ideal place for a holiday home and retirement. The region boasts of mouth-watering pastries and excellent cuisine.
Road trips to and around Brittany allow you to explore and experience the diverse landscapes and cultural gems that the region has to offer.
If you’re seeking the vibrant energy of a big city, Brittany may not be the ideal choice. Shopping options may be somewhat limited. It’s important to note that the region is somewhat remote, so having a car or driving skills is essential for convenient exploration. Brittany exudes a laid-back atmosphere, so it may not be the best place for dressy date nights or partying. While not excessively expensive, a great holiday in Brittany requires appropriate budgeting.
Our second trip to Brittany, was again a truly memorable experience. It was made even better as we travelled by road and got to experience remarkable sceneries, scenic views, cool destinations and delectable cuisine. We were captivated by the beauty and tranquillity of this remarkable region. Brittany offers a perfect escape, allowing visitors to unwind and rejuvenate. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, this part of France is sure to leave a lasting impression.
This should be a must-visit destination for anyone that loves travel, relaxation, and adventure. You will not be disappointed.