ESCAPADE

10 must-see Iroise ports

From port to port, this 10-step escapade takes you into the coastal atmosphere of the Iroise, to discover its history and port traditions.

  • General public
  • 45 km
  • 7 days

FULL OF EYES

Bertheaume Cove

A well-known anchorage for yachtsmen in the Mer d'Iroise, located in the commune of Plougonvelin, Anse de Berthaume is the ideal spot to observe ships entering and leaving the Brest harbor. It's also the starting point for sea fishing trips, water rambling and boat hire. Take the opportunity to visit Fort de Berthaume, built around 1690 to guard against enemy invasions during the various wars.

Anse de Bertheaume
©Thibault Poriel
the heritage port of Le Conquet
©Thibault Poriel

AUTHENTIC

Le Conquet, a port of heritage interest

Both a fishing port and the departure point for shuttles to the islands of Ouessant and Molène, Le Conquet exudes an air of escape and a feeling of being at the end of the world. As you stroll through the narrow streets or along the Drellac'h quay, you'll discover beautiful houses like the "Maison des Seigneurs", reminders of a prosperous maritime past. Follow the interpretation panels to discover the town's historical and cultural heritage!

Take the Croaë footbridge towards the Kermorvan peninsula, which offers a lovely view of the Aber Conq. A little more time on your hands? Book a walk with your "La grande botte" guide to discover the flora and fauna of this unspoilt area. And don't forget to stay until nightfall and push on to the Kermorvan lighthouse, where you can admire one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life!

 

 

The port of heritage interest

This label rewards ports committed to preserving and conserving their maritime heritage. 3 ports have been awarded the Pays d'Iroise label: Le Conquet, Lampaul-Plouarzel and Lanildut.

WELL-KEPT SECRETS

Small coves to discover

Hidden between the harbors are small, sandy coves, more confidential but no less charming, departure points for canoes and sometimes small sailboats. Such is the case of the coves of Ilien and Kerhornou, in Ploumoguer. When you land on the beach, you'll be able to see Molène on a clear day, and why not enjoy a swim away from the crowded beaches.

Îlien Ploumoguer
Îlien ©Franck Gicquiaud
Porspaul harbour
©Franck Gicquiaud

EXTREME

Porspaul harbour

To watch the ballet of boats entering and leaving Porspaul harbor, head for the pointe de Beg ar Vir. From here, you can look south to Corsen Point and Ségal Island. To the north, the orientation table in the shape of a ship's prow will show you the Iroise islands, which you can see on a clear day. Here, you can also admire the last sunset in mainland France.

Set sail!

Want to try your hand at a water sports activity? Nautisme en Pays d'Iroise is present at several spots and offers kayak, stand-up paddle and other water sports rentals.

AU FIL DE L'ABER ILDUT

Porscave

Along the Aber Ildut, 3 harbours are listed as being of heritage interest! The first, Porscave, was historically a port for "gabares", boats used to transport goods, first under sail, then motorized from 1930 onwards. The gabariers' houses that make up this charming little port, where fishing is still very much alive, bear witness to this. If you're wandering around on a Saturday, look out for the Mahuda, where you can buy crabs and lobsters direct.

Milin an Aod - Aber Ildut
Kerglonou
Ludivine Méneur

AU FIL DE L'ABER ILDUT

Kerglonou

Opposite Porscave, still on the south shore of the Aber Ildut, lies Kerglonou, a peaceful marina full of charm and a former granite quarry. An interpretive trail running alongside the aber explains the history of granite mining and quarrying in the region: fascinating! Look up: have you seen Lanildut's bell tower in the distance?

AU FIL De L'ABER ILDUT

Lanildut, Europe's leading seaweed port

Finally, on the other side of the aber is Lanildut. Although Europe's leading port for unloading seaweed, it retains all its authenticity. You'll love wandering through its narrow streets, strolling along the coastal path and watching the boats come and go. Don't hesitate to visit the Maison de l'Algue to find out all about the history of seaweed harvesting in the region.

Goemoniers de Lanildut

Sound stroll

Extend your escapade from port to port in the Pays d'Iroise with a "Secrets d'Iroise" audio walk. Using your smartphone, let yourself be guided along one of two circuits, "land side" or "sea side", to discover all the secrets and stories of the town's heritage.

Four à Goémon in Lampaul-Plouarzel

CLOTHES

Seaweed ovens

Have you noticed them along the coast? In the past, farmers harvested seaweed and dried it in these ovens. They then sold it as soda ash, mainly used as fertilizer or in the pharmaceutical industry.

INSOLITE

The port of Melon...home to the Queen of England!

In 1644, Henriette de France, wife of the King of England, was on the run on a Dutch ship which, for lack of wind, took shelter in the port of Melon. Henriette and her daughter took refuge in the harbor gatehouse, which later became the home of the coastguard and customs officers, and can still be seen today.

The port of Melon has to be earned! Almost inaccessible by boat because of the many rocks, only experienced sailors can reach it. It's a bit like the whole Iroise Sea, where navigation is a challenge. Here, it is said that "if you know how to sail in the Mer d'Iroise, you can sail anywhere!"

COUP DE COEUR!

The port of Mazou

In this small harbor, surrounded by rocks and sheltered from strong currents, dozens of wooden poles emerge from the water. These are simply mooring systems, rare in Brittany, more common in the Nordic countries. A chain is attached to each post, at the end of which the yachtsman simply moors using a shackle. Simple, effective, but surprising!

Mazou harbour in Porspoder
©Franck Gicquiaud

The port of Argenton

Like Le Mazou, the small port of Argenton is also surrounded by rocks. Nearby, the Saint Laurent peninsula is well worth a stroll, for its view of the Iroise Sea and its islands. The beach is ideal for water sports, sheltered from heavy swells.

The port of Portsall
Mathieu Rivrin

INOUBLIABLE

The port of Portsall

Sadly known as the port where the Amoco Cadiz ran aground, the town still has the ship's anchor, which can be seen in the harbor, as well as a museographic space dedicated to this historic event.

For a breathtaking view of the harbour, head off in the direction of Guiliguy. Here you can see megaliths, but also turquoise waters at high tide. This phenomenon is due to the immense sandbank: a Caribbean air... with a few degrees less!

AND TO GO FURTHER...

See you on Molène!

An eye on the sea

If you've booked your ticket to the islands of the Mer d'Iroise, don't miss the walk around Molène harbor. Its original U-shaped breakwater faces the pebble groove that gives access to Lédénez at low tide. Your ideal spot for a picnic: the beach, sheltered from the wind.

the port of molène