12 must-see things to do in Perros-Guirec

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An emblematic seaside resort on Brittany’s Pink Granite Coast, Perros-Guirec is a perpetual enchantment. Here are 12 must-do things to do in Perros-Guirec

To visit Perros-Guirec is to discover one of Brittany’s most popular seaside resorts, nestled in an amphitheater of pink rocks. This former fishing port is best known as a major stopping-off point on the Pink Granite Coast. The family-friendly village of Perros-Guirec is lively and culturally rich. It’s home to Belle-Époque villas, long stretches of fine sand and charming attached villages.

Perros-Guirec also faces the splendid Seven Islands archipelago. As for the Pink Granite Coast, it’s undeniably one of France’s most extraordinary natural sites. The tawny-ochre rocks here bear witness to a rare geological phenomenon. There are only three in the world: Brittany, Corsica and China. You can already see how much Perros-Guirec has to offer, can’t you? Let’s take a look at the 12 must-do things to do in Perros-Guirec.

1. Take a boat trip

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As a waterfront town, cruises and boat trips are a must when visiting Perros-Guirec. The most emblematic cruise is undoubtedly to the Sept-Îles archipelago. These islets make up France’s largest and oldest private ornithological reserve. Visitors can admire rare and endemic seabirds, as well as seals and dolphins. The tour culminates in the approach to Rouzic Island, overflown by clouds of gannets.

Another popular boat trip in the region is from the Pointe de l’Arcouest to Bréhat, just ten minutes away. This island is bathed in remarkable light and color. The orange-pink of its granite rocks dips into sparkling water, offering a most eloquent panorama.

As if that weren’t enough, the island of Bréhat is also the scene of constant flowering. Passiflora, jasmine, palm, fig and even agave complete the palette of extravagant colors. On the island, you can walk, cycle or ride in a tractor trailer. Wander through the narrow streets strewn with little houses and venture up to the lighthouses.

2. Discover the markets in Perros-Guirec

Les marchés à Perros-Guirec

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Numerous local producers and artisans await you in Perros-Guirec to help you discover the atmosphere and specialties of Brittany. Market gardeners, greengrocers, sellers of flowers and plants, meat, charcuterie, fish and shellfish and even textiles all play their part in attracting tourists.

The stalls of these superb, well-stocked markets offer a wealth of Breton specialities to be enjoyed (almost) without moderation. Pâté Hénaff, seafood, buckwheat galettes, kouign-amann, Breton fars and Breton palets: to be enjoyed on the spot or packed away in your suitcases!

Perros-Guirec’s downtown market is held every Friday in the Place des Halles et du Marché. The market in the Clarté district takes place on Sunday mornings. The port market, on Quai de la Douane, takes place on Wednesdays. In short, there’s plenty to keep you supplied and happy all week long!

3. Historical monuments in Perros-Guirec

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It’s hard to visit Perros-Guirec without coming face to face with its two main monuments: the church and the chapel. At the heart of the village, the Saint-Jacques church is a real eye-catcher. Its portal, characterized by the use of ogives and set into a large pink granite tower, is quite singular. Inside, the back of the altar is decorated with rich statuettes, while modern stained-glass windows enhance the overall effect.

A little further out, the granite Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarté chapel combines Gothic style with new architecture. It houses a number of small treasures, including antique statues and ship models that bear witness to the sailors’ faith.

4. Explore the beaches of the Pink Granite Coast

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When visiting Perros-Guirec, one of the must-do activities is to spend hours lounging on the beach. Indeed, this seaside town knows how to seduce lovers of fine sand. Restaurants, children’s games, casino, water sports clubs: you can spend the whole day here.

Its immense Trestraou beach is highly photogenic, not least thanks to its famous colorful bathing cabins. The bay of Trestraou is dotted with clear sand and its waters tend towards a delicate turquoise. It’s also the starting point for the Sentier des douaniers. You’ll find other great beaches in Perros-Guirec, including Trestrignel.

5. Cross the Douaniers trail

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The Sentier des Douaniers(see route), also known as the GR 34, winds its way along the coast from Trestraou to the port of Ploumanac’h. The sentier des Douaniers is not only a must-do when visiting Perros-Guirec, it’s also one of the most beautiful treks in France. The beauty of the scenery is unparalleled. The scenery unfolds in an infinity of phantasmagorically shaped pink granite rocks, waves of heather and gorse moors, and seashores lapped by azure waters.

This exceptional site is also home to incredible species that thrive in a gigantic chaos of tawny ochre rocks. The rocks derive their astonishing color from a unique combination of minerals.

Our favorite spot on the trail is Pors Rolland cove. Here, the rocks are at their most spectacular, piling up vertiginously. Some of them are planted directly in the water.

6. Walking in the Traouïero Valley

La Vallée des Traouïero

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If you’d like to visit Perros-Guirec, but don’t want to miss the lush green of the Breton forests, head for the Traouïero valley. This undergrowth is studded with gigantic granite boulders. The setting is enchanting, the walk enchanting. It’s even more enchanting when the sun shines through the foliage and sparkles in the small stream that marks the natural boundary between Perros-Guirec and Trégastel.

7. Visit the Maison du littoral

La Maison du littoral

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Along the Sentier des Douaniers you’ll find the lifeboat shelter and the Maison du littoral. The latter houses an exhibition recounting the formation of the emblematic pink granite and explaining these breathtaking chaotic formations. Here you can discover the secret of the changing colors: pink at the zenith, pinkish-brown beneath the waves, bright pink in the early hours of the morning.

8. Discover the Oratoire de Saint-Guirec and the Château de Coastérès

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The intimate beach of Saint-Guirec, pierced by superb rocks, is very pleasant. Despite its name, it belongs to the village of Ploumanac’h. On the left, at low tide, you can catch a glimpse of the oratory.

Facing the beach, the Château de Coastérès stands proud and unshakeable. Isolated on its islet, it offers a superb view at any time of day. The gently sloping, sheltered beach of Saint-Guirec is a favorite with families. It invites you to take a relaxing dip in the clear waters and observe the abundant life of the foreshore at low tide.

If this beach is a must-see for hikers, it’s also a great place for gourmets. Don’t hesitate to stop off at a small restaurant specializing in fish and seafood.

9. Visit the Port and lighthouse of Ploumanac’h

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The famous Men Ruz lighthouse is on every postcard in the region and is a must-see when visiting Perros-Guirec. This icon of the Pink Granite Coast has a proud appearance, as if balanced above the glowing rocks. It signals to sailors the entrance to the small port of Ploumanac’h. This charming village is set in an exceptional setting, between land and sea, and is home to some lovely, typically Breton houses.

10. Get away from it all in Trégastel

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Trégastel boasts sublime white beaches where colors contrast again and again, to the delight of the eye. The beaches of Grève Blanche, Grève Rose and Coz Pors are all equally beautiful.

A little further afield, don’t hesitate to set foot on Île Renote. At the end of the peninsula, this peninsula is entirely pedestrianized. It’s also littered with huge pinkish boulders.

In addition to these beautiful beaches, the small seaside resort of Trégastel offers a number of interesting attractions. For example, the Marine Aquarium nestled in the pink granite caves. It showcases numerous species of fish and offers a lovely panorama at the end of the walk.

11. Visit the village of Lannion

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The historic town of Lannion is widely regarded as the gateway to the Pink Granite Coast. Lannion, elegant, traditional and modern, is home to a combination of elegant architecture. Mansions, manor houses, former convent and cloister evoke the past, while the technopole bears witness to Lannion’s major role in the world of technology and research.

Surrounded by ramparts, the town continues to live to the rhythm of the tides and port activities. Its medieval allure is due mainly to the Brélévenez church, which dominates the town, and its maze of narrow streets. Along these cobbled alleyways, you’ll come across squares crowned with half-timbered or slate houses with sculpted decorations. Mansions and manor houses, flanked by massive towers, bear witness to the town’s former wealth.

12. Discover the town of Tréguier

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Tréguier, stamped the city of arts and thought, is our last stop on the must-do list for Perros-Guirec. The magic happens in seconds. The town’s mansions, half-timbered houses, cobbled lanes and hidden gardens give it a fairytale village feel.

Tréguier is an ancient episcopal town where it’s good to linger and discover history. Home to many illustrious figures, it enjoys a singular and enlightened aura. It is also the permanent home of the arts and thought in Brittany, with its many artists’ and craftsmen’s workshops.

Where to eat in Perros-Guirec

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To visit Perros-Guirec properly, you need to sample its cuisine. Breton gastronomy is clearly part of the region’s intangible heritage.

If you’d like to sample some of the local seafood, there’s no shortage of places to eat. We do, however, recommend restaurants offering a bird’s-eye view of the sea and the hypnotic dance of the waves. It’s the perfect way to combine a feast for the taste buds with a feast for the eyes.

And don’t miss a gourmet stop for a meal or a snack in one of the warm, traditional crêperies.

How to get to Perros-Guirec

The train is a great way to get to Brittany, and particularly to the Perros-Guirec region and the Pink Granite Coast. The main entrance station is Lannion, just 10 kilometers from the village.

However, depending on your location in France, air travel may be more practical, to avoid long train journeys and station changes. In this case,Lannion airport is also the closest, just 6 kilometers from the Pink Granite Coast.

Alternatively,Brest airport(100 kilometers) may be a good option if, for example, you’re renting a car on arrival. You can find your tickets on a flight comparator such as Skyscanner.

Speaking of cars, visiting Perros-Guirec with your own vehicle or a rental is entirely possible. Lannion, always the main gateway, is well connected to Paris, Rennes, Brest and the surrounding area.

If you’re a true adventurer of the seas, why not try a boat trip to Perros-Guirec? The village has its own marina.

Where to stay in Perros-Guirec

Hotels, Airbnb, campsites, B&Bs, for small or large budgets, there’s no shortage of accommodation in Perros-Guirec. The best? A villa on the seafront or a hotel on the port to enjoy the incessant ballet of ships and the sunsets and sunrises over the waves. Don’t hesitate to use a hotel comparator or the Airbnb platform to find the accommodation that’s right for you.

Near Perros-Guirec, you can also stay in the paradise village of Ploumanac’h, the La Clarté district, the Pointe de Trestrignel or the neighboring commune of Trégastel.

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