Best Places to Surf in Brittany
Brittany, is the peninsula that sticks out of France jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Its wild coast stretches for kilometers with seaside resorts such as Dinard or the fortified city of Saint-Malo
But in the last few years beach goers are seeing a rise of surfers invading waters across the region. Brittany is now the second region of France in terms of number of surfers.
From La Torche to Guidel, here is a top 5 of where you can surf gnarly breton waves.
Guidel & Plomeur (Morbihan)
Guidel in the Morbihan is called a "surf town" and has several surf spots to find a wave, from Le Loc'h, Maeva or Kaolins. The area has 17 km of coastline including 5 km of fine sandy beaches and coves. Loc'h beach, for example, is nearly 600 m.
Between the currents and the mouth of the Laita, it is only possible to surf at low tide and during the first hours of the rising tide.
Beginners can take a course at the ESB Fort Bloque.
Looking for a eco-friendly surf shop check out Pioka.
Quiberon & Plouharnel (Morbihan)
Also located in the Morbihan on the Quiberon peninsula is one of Brittany's most famous surf spots. From Plouharnel, labeled "Surf City", a magnificent beach stretches for several kilometers. The first spots are ideal for learning to surf, where the beach offers quieter waves; those located on the wild coast are where experienced surfers can be found.
It is possible to surf at low tide as at high tide.
If you are a beginner and want to get started check out ESB Plouharnel.
The Bay of Trepasses (Finistere)
The Baie des Trepasses is popular site in Finistere. Surrounded by cliffs and the bay is exposed to swells from the west and northwest allowing to surf at all tides. You'll have a cozy feel as you are surfing between the high cliffs of Pointe du Raz and Pointe du Van. The surf area stretches over 600 meters of beach.
If you want to get some tourism in after surfing visit the end of the world at Pointe du Raz
Brest is one of the largest cities in Brittany but also has a surf spot a few minutes drive from the city center. Called au petit minou is it very popular with beach goers and surfers during the summer months.
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La Torche (Finistere)
Last but not least is La Torche which is considered the mecca of surfing in Brittany. The spot welcomes swells from northwest to southwest through the west that form waves on the beach. This spot sometimes offers powerful waves that can reach 3 meters, 3.5 meters.
Locals can also be found surfing other spots nearby like Tronoen or Porz Carn.
La Torche is a magnificent and immense white sand beach, which also hosts major national and international events.
These are only 5 surf spots in Brittany but you can find many more across Brittany.
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