Brittany

The GR34 Customs Trail, Brittany’s most celebrated coast path

This wonderful walking route is a true nature paradise for those who love to walk and photograph the most spectacular corners of Brittany.
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Created in 1791 to combat smuggling, this very long route of over 1300 kilometres allowed the 35,000 customs officers set up by Bonaparte to guard all stretches of coastline and inspect every crack and crevice in the sea.

In fact, the customs officers, after the establishment of a very onerous toll for imported products, were forced to hunt down smugglers coming from the sea, hiding in the vegetation and garrisoning the coast with posts on the shoreline.

Today, this path, the GR34, which starts at the port of Saint-Nazaire, near Nantes, and ends at the gates of Mont-Saint-Michel, is a true nature paradise for walkers.

The most spectacular views along the route

This incredible walking route goes around the Breton coast, from Mont-Saint-Michel to the port of Saint-Nazaire, crossing the most enchanting landscapes in Brittany: rocky cliffs, wild coastlines, dunes, beaches, coves, always with the ocean in the background.

Not everyone, of course, has the preparation, time and perseverance to tackle such a long route. For those who only want to walk a few small sections, we would like to point out the most spectacular paths, which you can include in your trip to Brittany.

Quiberon Peninsula

On the beach at Port Blanc, the sublime arc of rock shaped by the ocean stands out with Pointe Percho in the distance and the silhouette of an old customs house.

The circuit ends at the small fishing port of Portivy, the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the ocean.

Crozon Peninsula

2presqu'île de Crozon, 29160 Crozon, France

Here, natural, craggy headlands surrounded by turquoise waters await you: the Crozon peninsula offers an idyllic setting.

From Cap de la Chèvre, you can admire a 180° sea view of the Bay of Douarnenez to Pointe du Raz. Another unmissable spot is Pen-Hir, with its stair-shaped rocks.

Pointe Saint-Mathieu

3Pointe Saint-Mathieu, 29217 Plougonvelin, France

A beautiful loop starts at Pointe Saint Mathieu that offers, in good weather, a 180° view from the island of Ouessant to the island of Sein.

At sunset, the panorama is tinged with bright colours and magic: the colours of the sea merge with those of the sky.

Morlaix Bay

4Baie de Morlaix, France

This stretch of the GR34 offers spectacular views of the bay of Morlaix, dotted with islets. Thanks to a loop, you can explore the treasures of the Carantec peninsula, in particular the Callot island, accessible only at low tide.

Also not to be missed is the view from the tip of Pen al Lann, on Tahiti beach, where you can take the most beautiful photos of the islet of Louët and the Taureau castle.

Ploumanac'h Lighthouse

5Perros-Guirec, France (Website)

Undoubtedly, the stretch of the GR34 that crosses the Pink Granite Coast is the most spectacular: fanciful silhouettes of polished rocks in a beautiful coppery pink glow with the colours of sunset.

On the paths of Ploumanac’h there are islands, coves of fine sand and panoramas of incredible beauty.

Cap d'Erquy

6Cap d'Erquy, France

On a sunny day, Cap d’Erquy reveals all its splendour: wild cliffs and beaches, the colours of the moorland and the cries of the birds amidst the expanses of heather await you.

Cap Fréhel

7Cap Fréhel, France (Website)

The cliffs of Cap Fréhel offer one of the most beautiful panoramas in Brittany. During the walk along the Goëlo coast to the medieval fortress of Fort La Latte, Cap Fréhel offers magnificent views at the foot of the lighthouse. Indeed, on a clear day, you will admire a panorama that sweeps from the Cotentin to Paimpol.

La Pointe du Grouin

8Pnte du Grouin, 35260 Cancale, France

From Saint-Malo to Cancale, the coast alternates between sheer cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches nestled between rocky headlands.

The Pointe du Grouin is an ideal spot to discover the beautiful Emerald Coast, with its turquoise waters and hidden bays.

Map

In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

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