Circuit rando n°32 - The Portsall circuit

Ploudalmézeau Ploudalmézeau
  • Type Pedestrian
  • Distance 8.5 Km
  • Duration 3h
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Walks
Guiliguy V TANGUY

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On this hike, prehistoric man will amaze you with the quality of his monuments, their architecture and their construction techniques.

With the circuits published by "Iroise Bretagne", choose quality hiking with official circuits marked and maintained by the Fédération Française de Randonnée du Finistère and Pays d'Iroise Communauté.

Along the way, you'll discover the Amoco Cadiz anchor and its museum, as well as the Guilligui dolm.

- Port de Portsall to route du Guilligui > White - Red
- Route du Guilligui to parking rue du Porsguen > Yellow
- Parking rue du Porsguen to port de Portsall > White- Red

At the Iroise Bretagne Tourist Office, you'll find hard-copy hiking maps and topoguides published by the Fédération Française de Randonnée du Finistère.

At the bottom of the page, see all the activities and restaurants in the area.

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DEPARTURE: Port de Portsall, 29830 Ploudalmézeau.

On the quay, one of the monstrous anchors of the Amoco Cadiz recalls the ecological tragedy of 1978. The sinking of the supertanker caused one of the worst oil spills in history.
Take the time to visit the L'Ancre An Eor museum, which recounts the event that changed the lives of the entire community.

Port de Portsall

See you at Pointe du Guilliguy! Up there, a slender cross on a base of rough rock stands near the Guilliguy dolmen. You won't be disappointed: the view over the charming little port of Portsall is simply marvellous. At high tide, the turquoise water comes alive. Despite the many visible rocks and the beacons securing the harbor exit, fishing boats, small sailboats, kayaks and paddles proudly move about.

Pointe du Guilliguy

The great Rennes-Brest railway arrived in the capital of the Ponant in 1865. For Brest and the surrounding region, it was an extraordinary way of opening up the region, linking the tip of Brittany to Paris. But that wasn't enough. The countryside, much more densely populated than today, also wanted its train.

The construction of a Brest-St-Renan-Portsall line was decided by the Département. Land acquisition and construction work were paid for by the local authority. Its operation was entrusted to Chemins de Fer du Finistère ( CFDF ).

The first two sections, Brest-St-Renan and St-Renan-Ploudalmézeau, were completed in 1893. The extension between Ploudalmézeau and Portsall was completed in 1899.

Iroise Heritage

Old station

In front of you, you can see Carn Island.
The presence of man on the Pays d'Iroise coast has been noted since 4200 BC. On this mythical island, accessible only at low tide, you'll find a Cairn (a tumulus 30 m in diameter and 8 m high) comprising 3 burial chambers. It was listed as a historic monument in 1955.
The island is only accessible at low tide when the tidal range is at least 80°.

Carn Island

To the west of Pors ar vilin vras beach is the Pointe de Penvir and its bonfire. A great vantage point overlooking the Iroise Sea.

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