Ploumanac'h, Cotes-d'Armor visitors guide
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Ploumanac'h is a village on the north coast of Brittany, in the Cotes-d'Armor department. It is part of Perros-Guirec, an important town a few kilometres to the east. I was not sure when I was in Ploumanac'h and when I was in Saint-Guirec which is the adjacent secteur, so comments below refer to both...
France This Way comment: there is perhaps not a great deal to see in Ploumanac'h itself except the harbour and a small beach but you are likely to visit as you tour the Coast of Granit Rose: the village is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in France!
Ploumanac'h beach and harbour
The beach here is called the Plage Saint-Guirec, and is not very large but is picturesque, sandy and surrounded by the lovely pink granite of the region. There are various small sandy coves along the coast but if you prefer a large sandy beach with all facilities and lifeguards you should travel to the Plage de Trestraou at Perros-Guirec, a few kilometres from Ploumanac'h.
A few hundred metres south of the beach you can walk around the harbour, which has a small number of hotels and restaurants (and not enough parking spaces) which is pleasant for a promenade.
Phare de Men Ruz
The main attraction of Ploumanac'h is the area around the lighthouse, called the Phare de Men Ruz and at the northern end of the promontory. The lighthouse and the few houses here are surrounded by great boulders of the pink granite, and while the lighthouse is not particularly interesting the views are exceptional.
You can walk along the coast from here to reach further impressive rock formations such as the Cale de Ploumanac'h and the Récif de la roche branlante viewpoint. This area around the Phare de Men Ruz lighthouse is probably the most beautiful part of the Coast of Granite Rose.
Your children will also enjoy clambering on the big rocks. This location is extremely popular with visitors so it can be rather crowded: try and visit in the morning if possible.
Ploumanac'h sculpture park
On the edge of Ploumanac'h, the sculpture park is quite a recent attraction and features monumental sculptures by various artists.
Much like the Brittany attraction called the Valley of the Saints (in Carnoet), the use of giant stone blocks for the sculptures is inspired by the standing stones and other prehistoric monuments that are common sights in Brittany.
There are about 10 of these large sculptures, most of them very impressive, and they are set in a large open grass area which is ideal for a picnic. There is no charge to enter so make sure you stop for a quick look when you visit Ploumenac'h.
There is a 20 kilometre mountain bike route that starts here, and parking is usually not too difficult either in the sculpture park car park or nearby.
Places to Visit nearby
The principal town of interest is Perros-Guirec, a short distance to the east of Ploumanac'h and where you will find more shops and restaurants and a choice of beaches, and another small resort nearby is Tregastel. See also our guide to the Coast of Granit Rose.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Aquarium marin de Trégastel: aquarium (2 km)
- Vallée des Traouïero: site of natural beauty (6 km)
- Réserve naturelle nationale des Sept-Îles: site of natural beauty (6 km)
- Molène (Côtes-d'Armor): site of natural beauty (11 km)
- Île Milliau: site of natural beauty (11 km)
- Lannion: ville fleurie 4* (11 km)
- Jardin du Kestellic: remarkable garden (18 km)
- Treguier: secteur sauvegarde (19 km)
- Maison Ernest Renan: national monument (19 km)
- Jardins de Kerdalo: remarkable garden (22 km)
- Jardin du château de la Roche-Jagu: remarkable garden (27 km)
- Pontrieux: ville fleurie 4* (28 km)
The French version of this page is at Ploumanac'h (Francais)