The Local Beaches
I am often asked by enquirers whether the local Brittany beaches are sandy and good for young families so I have tried to give an impression with the photos and a brief description and their distance from Coat Aillis. I regard them all as safe as I originate from Cornwall so am very conscious of rip tides and they don’t seem to exist here.
The large beach at St Efflam at low tide exposes 1000s of hectares of sand, this beach is best enjoyed a couple of hours before high tide especially in the afternoon on a hot day as the sand will heat the incoming sea and mediterranean temperatures will be experienced. The “corniche” has 4 smaller beaches ideal for small children rock pooling and swimming as the sea doesn’t go out so far. Locquirec is more cosmopolitan very safe beaches and beyond the coast is better for body boarding, surfing and rock pooling. Within a radius of 15 minute driving there around 15 sandy beaches.
This is the view from the “Grande Rocher ” only a 10 minute walk from Coat Aillis through the woods. To the left can be seen the beach at St Efflam with its sailing school for sand and sea yachts, kite and sail boards and kayaks. In the distance the quay of “Beg Deuer” can be seen with the moorings for up to 50 boats.
The beach of “St Michel en Greve” can be seen with the Hotel Plage on the sea front with children’s swings and climbing frames.
In the distance the fishing village Locquimeau can be seen, then the bay of Lannion and in the far distance Treburden.
“Toul Henry” is the old port for Plestin les Greves but is very tidal so only can be used for a few hours at high tide and most of the boats for Plestin are moored at “Beg Deuer ” between the mooring is the “Corniche” a peninsular with 4 sandy beaches and an interesting ruins of an ancient roman villa This is about 5-10 minutes from Coat Aillis by car.A good site for more information on Plestin les Greves “Bro Plistin” not only does it have more photos but gives details of the history, cultural events and daily life of Plestin (and its all in French).