Holidays in Brittany are our not only our speciality, but our pleasure. With such an outstanding array of jaw-dropping locations of outstanding beauty, it’s no surprise that Brittany is one of the top go-to holiday destinations in Europe.
As a region, Brittany has all the hallmarks of the perfect holiday resort for even the most fussy of holiday goers; with sun, sea and sand aplenty, as well as fun for the family in the form of theme parks and aquariums. So, with the obvious attractions of Brittany as a whole, it is natutal that one specific village here has recently been voted the nation’s favourite.
The gorgeous village of Ploumanac’h was voted the best village in the entire country by viewers of Village Préféré des Français. Nicknamed Ploum by locals, Ploumanac’h beat 21 other villages to the prize.
One of the most beautiful features in Ploum is The Pink Granite Coast, aptly named after the shade of rock which lines the north-west stretch in Brittany. Another characteristic popular with tourists to the number one village is the area’s unusual rock formations, with the most notable lying between Trestraou beach, Perros-Guirec and the actual port of Ploumanac’h.
The beautifully eroded rocks reach as high as 65ft, including many formations dubbed after their similarity to certain objects; amongst others on your journey you can find a witch, a rabbit and Napoleon’s hat. The overall trek spans around 4 miles and will take the causal walker around 2 hours to complete.
Les Sept Îles, or The Seven Isles, just off the stunning coast to Ploumanac’h, plays home to Brittany’s largest and oldest bird sanctuary. Home to 27 species of birds, the island can be reached by regular boat trips which depart from Perros-Guirec, making it a popular haunt for bird watchers.
If you visit between March and July, you could be fortunate enough to witness the area’s puffin population, with other marine birds such as gannets and guillemots, also inhabiting the rock formations which lie just off the coast.
See the Sea
If you are lucky enough to arrive when the tide is high, you get to witness the transformation from a small, yet superb, crescent stretch of sand to the full expanse of beach that becomes revealed as the water retreats. The gorgeous beaches are lapped by the azure sea, making for stunning boat trips as well as the perfect place to relax and unwind whilst the children (and big children) explore the enviable landscape; with rare ferns and aquatic plants to discover, you will not be short of entertainment.
What’s in a Name?
Whilst this particular area in Brittany, specifically nearby Perros-Guirec, has been modernised to house numerous hotels and restaurants, the name Ploumanac’h stems from the Breton for parish and monk; “plou” and “monk” respectively. As the village was originally a place of prayer, it still boasts their original medieval chapel, with an ancient shrine visible along the beach, displaying proudly the structures of its ancestors.
We are proud and delighted for the people of Ploumanac’h, who have got the recognition they deserve and have the honour of being able to boast of being France’s favourite village. The outstanding natural beauty of the Brittany region on the whole is reason alone for any town or village in the area to receive such an acknowledgement from the nation.
Whilst only one village could win the sought after accolade, we at Jantom Holidays believe that there are so many locations across the region that are worth exploring. Sharing many of the characteristics that won Ploumanac’h the award, Brittany is widely considered one of the most beautiful regions in France; this award just proves it. If you would like any more information on visiting Brittany and other activities available throughout the region, contact us on 07977 458126 and one of our friendly team will be more than happy to help.