The 9 most beautiful walks in Finistère

Randonnée Kerguinou - Fort de Cornouaille - Pointe des Espagnols

Why not explore the coastal paths of Brittany’s tip? Here are some of the best walks in Finistère.

With its end-of-the-world feel, Finistère is the ideal playground for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Its wind- and ocean-swept cliffs create a wild setting reminiscent of Ireland or Scotland. But more often than not, the Breton moors are adorned with heather, lighthouses and pretty traditional villages.

When you think of hiking, it’s easier to imagine climbing mountains than strolling along the seaside. However, Finistère offers hundreds of kilometers of trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike. Whether you want to take a breath of fresh air, admire the beautiful scenery or embark on a sporting adventure, it’s all possible! And to guide you, we’ve selected the most beautiful hikes in Finistère.

1. Hiking from the Pointe du Van to the Pointe du Raz

Randonnée de la pointe du Van à la pointe du Raz

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 12.7 km
  • Height difference: 360 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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Head for the most westerly point of France, with this hike in Finistère that will take you along the famous Baie des Trépassés. You’ll set off from the Pointe du Van, where sharp, water-beaten rocks rub shoulders with gentle steppes. At the start of your walk, you’ll discover the pretty port of Le Vorlen, with its steep staircase and a few fishing boats.

You’ll then take a coastal path that offers breathtaking views of the Baie des Trépassés. Despite its name and the dark legend that surrounds it, this bay offers gentle landscapes. Bordered by a long sandy beach, it’s even a playground for surfers and swimmers.

This hike in Finistère ends at the Pointe du Raz. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the Notre-Dame des Naufragés monument, but also, and above all, the ocean, which occupies the entire horizon. You’ll then have two choices: turn back, or linger a while to enjoy a superb sunset.

2. Hiking from the Portez valley to Le Conquet

Randonnée de la vallée de Portez au Conquet

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  • Running time: approx. 6h20
  • Distance: 20.1 km
  • Ascent: 457 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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Want to take a deep breath of fresh air and go hiking in Finistère? Here’s an itinerary that’s sure to please. Twenty kilometers long, but easy to access, it will allow you to take full advantage of the region’s unique panoramas.

The long coastal path allows you to explore the surprisingly undulating landscapes of Brittany’s west coast. From your starting point, you’ll discover a series of pretty sandy beaches, bordered by cliffs and stretches of wild grass. As you stroll along, you’ll have plenty of time to take a dip!

But don’t take too long to get back on the road, so you don’t miss out on any of the superb views offered by this Finistère hike. In particular, linger around Plougonvelin and Pointe Saint-Mathieu. You’ll then cross the Iroise Marine Park before reaching the pretty village of Le Conquet.

3. Hiking from Beg-Meil to Concarneau

Randonnée de Beg-Meil à Concarneau

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  • Running time: approx. 6h40
  • Distance: 23.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 333 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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For lovers of multi-day trekking, there are several long-distance footpaths in Finistère. One of these is the GR34, a small section of which we suggest you explore on a day hike.

You’ll set off from the small commune of Beg-Meil, where you’ll discover several charming coves. You’ll then take the coastal path along the deep Baie de la Forêt to reach the famous town of Concarneau. During this long hike, you’ll discover a host of beaches and idyllic landscapes.

As for Concarneau, it’s well worth a visit to admire its fortifications. Beware, however, of the tides, which can block part of the route, forcing you to take the road.

4. Hike around the tip of Beg Moc’h

Randonnée autour de la pointe de Beg Moc’h

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 10.1 km
  • Height difference: 191 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you’re looking for a nice, accessible hike in Finistère, for a family outing for example, this loop should appeal to you. Along its ten kilometers, you’ll have the opportunity to discover a particularly varied landscape. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the different faces that Finistère has to offer hikers.

Among the nuggets on offer are seascapes dotted with small fishing boats. But you’ll also admire small coves lined with pebble beaches, as well as lush green moors licked by the winds.

5. Kerguinou – Fort de Cornouaille – Pointe des Espagnols hike

Randonnée Kerguinou - Fort de Cornouaille - Pointe des Espagnols

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 10.1 km
  • Difference in altitude: 237 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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This lovely hike will introduce you to the softest side of Finistère. You’ll follow coastal paths lined with greenery and purple expanses of heather. You’ll immerse yourself in Armorican landscapes where water, rock and vegetation cohabit in harmony.

Along the way, you’ll also enjoy a variety of scenery, sometimes in undergrowth, sometimes overlooking rugged coves. You’ll also have the chance to admire the impressive Cornouaille and Capucins forts, as well as a panoramic view over the Bay of Brest. In short, this hike combining nature and culture will be to everyone’s taste!

6. Hiking from Douarnenez to Beuzec-Cap-Sizun

Randonnée de Douarnenez à Beuzec-Cap-Sizun

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  • Duration: approx. 7 hours
  • Distance: 24.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 504 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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This hike in South Finistère is in fact a stage of the long GRP. Its length makes it ideal for sports enthusiasts and regular hikers. But it’s well worth the effort!

They’ll discover peaceful stretches of sea as well as secret, untamed coves where the ocean runs wild. In fact, depending on the weather, the water sometimes takes on turquoise or emerald green hues, making the scenery even more breathtaking. They’ll also admire rugged landscapes where the rocks, rising out of the water, resemble massive statues.

They will also pass by the pretty Pointe du Millier, as well as the famous town of Douarnenez. All in all, this long hike offers a beautiful range of Finistère landscapes, which will leave walkers with unforgettable memories.

7. Bourg et Garenne hike

Randonnée Bourg et Garenne

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance: 12.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 249 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Here’s a hike in South Finistère that’s quite different from the ones described above. You won’t be following a coastal path. Instead, you’ll be inland, in the commune of Plomelin, not far from Quimper.

But water will still be present, as this hiking itinerary takes you along a river, the Odet. The walk is often through undergrowth, making it a pleasant experience in summer.

Along the way, you’ll come across a pretty mill, a menhir, and even the remains of the Roman baths at Pérennou! The region is also rich in castles, and you’re sure to spot the Kerouzien manor house, the Château de Pérennou and the Château de Kerambleiz.

8. Hiking from Térenez to Saint-Samson

Randonnée de Térenez à Saint-Samson

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  • Duration: approx. 30 minutes
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Height difference: 58 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you’re looking for a short hike in Finistère that will only take you an hour, we recommend this itinerary. Although short, it offers a variety of landscapes, between ocean and countryside. Along the way, you can linger on a pretty, peaceful beach.

We also recommend a stop at the charming Saint-Samson chapel. Finally, in the same area, don’t miss the astonishing face rock of Saint-Samson, whose sympathetic profile rises out of the bay.

9. Hiking in Guimaëc, Plestin and Armorique

Randonnée à Guimaëc, Plestin et l'Armorique

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  • Duration: approx. 6 hours
  • Distance: 22.9 km
  • Difference in altitude: 447 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Let’s end this selection of the most beautiful hikes in Finistère by heading north, not far from Morlaix. In this part of Finistère, the vegetation is denser and the rock redder. Pines and ferns coexist in perfect harmony with the ocean. Only the white houses with slate roofs of the typical villages disturb the calm of these relaxing landscapes.

While this hike is a great way to take a dip in the ocean in summer, it’s also very enjoyable in autumn. The dense vegetation takes on orange hues, making the landscape even more spectacular.

All you have to do is put on your sneakers, slip on your foulies and set off to discover the hiking trails of Finistère! The region abounds in walks that combine the charm of ocean spray with that of the Breton countryside.