The Beaches from Crozon peninsula Brittany
Lostmarc'h and la Palue
These beaches are regarded as the finest that Brittany has to offer. Together at low tide they amount to a surface area in length of 2300 metres with a width of 270 metres. La Palue is characterised by its high dunes, in which there is always a secluded place to be found, and its views of the Cap de la Chevre and the rocks of Tas de Pois at Camaret sur Mer.
At times rock pools are formed in which the water reaches pleasant enough temperatures for children to safely bathe and play. However, due to the strong currents and riptides, it is advisable to take special caution when bathing or swimming.
The "Bathing Prohibited" signs at these beaches are often ignored by the public - at one's own risk!
Lostmarc'h is accessible via the village of Lostmarc'h. However, parking is restricted. It is better to park in the lower parking area (signposted) just off the road between the two beaches. From there both beaches are accessible via a footpath leading through the dunes.
Another parking area is situated above La Palue; vehicles lower than 2.1m can negotiate the stony, bumpy track leading directly down to the beach. During the off-season it is even possible for motor caravans to use this access, as the height barrier is only in place during the summertime.
From time to time international surfing competitions are held here. If conditions are favourable, one can watch many surfers challenging the waves. Now and again seals turn up in this area in order to feed on the multitude of fish that gather here. Sitting on the cliffs with a good bottle of red wine, watching the sun go down and at dusk enjoying the wonderful views of lighthouses of Isle de Sein and Pointe de Toulinguet ..... a perfect end to a perfect day!
The beach l'Aber
The sandy beach L'Aber is ideal for all types of water-sports, and is particularly popular with wind, kite and wave surfers. The water provides optimal bathing conditions for families due to the shallow inclination into the water and light currents. There is a car park just above the beach with ample parking space. If the visibility is good, there are great views of Douarnanez and the Cap de la Chevre. The beach is approximately 1700 metres long and 300 metres wide at low tide. Crozon is about 3 km away.
The beach de la Source
This small, picturesque beach lies behind the larger beach of L'Aber and can be accessed via the villages of Le Véniec und Raguénez; the beach is only suitable for bathing at low tide. There are good views of Ile de L'Aber and Pointe de Tréboul, also known as Pointe de Guern. Parking is limited; consequently, this beach is less frequented and therefore ideal for those looking for some peace and solitude. Kids should hardly get bored; armed with a net and a bucket, there are plenty of rock pools to go hunting for all sorts of creatures such as shrimps, crabs, starfish, shellfish, etc. However, after having taken a good look, don't forget to return them to where they belong.
The beach Tromel-Kerabars
This beautiful beach, embedded amongst 50 metres of steep rocks, lies on the west coast between Pointe de Dinan and Pointe de Lostmarc'h. Access to beach can be gained via the tiny village of Tromel by the car. However, there is a cul de sac here with very limited parking and no turning point. It is better to head towards Pointe de Dinan and park on the left shortly before the "Pointe" in the small car park in front of the barrier, then proceed along the footpath above the Ménez Aod , reaching the beach in approximately 5 min. Caution should be observed on the footpath due to loose rocks. This beach is ideal for dog owners, as it is quite secluded and seldom overcrowded. At high tide this beach has no sand, therefore it is advisable to refer to a tide calendar and visit the beach at its best, at low tide. With a little luck, one may be able to observe the resident seal hunting in the surf.
The beach trez Bellec
The beach Trez Bellec can be reached from Telgruc sur Mer within 5 minutes. There is ample parking and the beach is particularly suitable for children. There is also small beach bar providing snacks and refreshments. Length is approximately 1300 metres.
The beach Goulien
Goulien beach, lying conveniently in the Anse de Dinan, is one of the favourite beaches on the Crozon peninsula. At low tide the beach stretches 400 metres from the dunes to the water. The numerous pools around the smaller rocks are ideal for children to play in. Because of the beach's gradual shallow depths, families can bathe here safely and have fun in the waves. Sometimes sea bass can be seen farther out to sea hunting in the surf. Goulien is perfect for surfers and very popular with the locals and visitors alike.
In autumn tasty mushrooms, locally known as pleurottes, grow in the vegetation amongst the dunes.
The beach Kerloc'h
The sandy beach Kerloc'h lies between Crozon and Camaret sur Mer in the Anse de Dinan. From the rocky cliffs above the beach there is a wonderful panoramic view of the Pointe de Dinan and the Tas de Pois near Camaret sur Mer.
There are places to park above the beach and a small snack bar is open during the high season. At low tide one can walk around the cliffs across to the beaches of Kersiguenou and on to Goulien, together they make up 2.500 metres of beautiful sandy beach. The beaches here are ideal for surfing, bathing, kiting and all other types of water sports.
The Ile Vierge
Ile Vierge is probably the most common representation found on postcards of the peninsula. The wonderfully picturesque Ile Vierge and its cove lies secluded amongst the rocky cliffs. Il Vierge can be reached from the coastal footpath which passes high above it. For those who are not so keen on tough walking, there is a good tip: In Saint Hernot (direction of Cap de La Chèvre), there is a car park next to the Museum de Minéreaux; proceed across the car park and follow the footpath a few hundred metres up into the forest, then it is approximately 300-400 metres to the coastal path and from there one can climb down to the cove. The cove is a pebble beach, a little difficult to access and, therefore, relatively secluded.
At low tide one can walk through an impressive arch in the rock face onto the main rocks of Ile Vierge; there the water is a wonderfully transparent turquoise, and there is a great view to be enjoyed of the Anse Saint Nicolas and the Pointe de Rostudel. One can also pay Ile Vierge a visit by kayak departing from Morgat.
The beach Portzic
The beach at Portzic is small, approximately 400 metre long beach and lies directly below the majestic old granite villas of Morgat. The beach can be easily reached by car, and it is a great place for children to have fun as it is safe and also comfortably sheltered from the wind.
At low tide one can reach on foot the grottos below the Poinet de Rulianec and, depending on the water level, even reach the beach of Morgat. By kayak it is possible to access numerous grottos, always bearing in mind, however, to be sure to keep an eye on the tide.
The beach Morgat
The beach at Morgat is approximately 1.300 metres long by 350 metres wide at low tide. The beach is safe for bathing, especially for children, as the sea here remains shallow for a considerable distance out. Sports equipment is available for hire at centres on and around the beach and there are various children's amusements located directly on the beach. All restaurants can be reached on foot. There are surf schools, diving schools, bicycle and kayak hire, motorboats (for those with or without a boot licence,) sailboats and catamarans rentals are located at the harbour.
The beach Veryac´h Camaret-sur-Mer
The beautiful sandy beach of Veryac'h can be reached on the D8 heading out from Crozon to Camaret sur Mer, continuing on in the direction of Pointe de Pen Hir. The bay lies to the left, descending shortly before the lookout point.
The beach lies in between high rocky cliffs and at low tide a wide expanse of sand offers a wonderful panoramic setting for bathing and swimming pleasure. Depending on the wind conditions, surfers can get all they bargained for, too. Above the beach there is a car park and a small snack bar from which one has a wonderful view of the entire bay.
The beach Pen Hat Camaret-sur-Mer
This fantastic sandy beach lies between Pointe de Pen Hir and the Pointe de Toulinguet and is surrounded by a steep cliff landscape. Swimmers are strongly advised not to venture out too far because of the unusually high surf breakers and strong undercurrents, which shouldn't be underestimated.
Pen Hat is particularly popular with many experienced surfers from all around the globe. Passing high above the Pen Hat the coastal footpath offers breathtaking views of Pen Hir and the surrounding Atlantic.