The charm of Cornouaille, at the south-western tip of Brittany, is yours to discover, with its grandiose maritime panoramas and winding footpaths through the countryside or along the coast.
Plouhinec boasts 27 km of hiking trails criss-crossed by moorland and ancient stonework. On foot, by bike or on horseback, it’s a whole range of landscapes inviting you to stroll and relax. You can enjoy the pleasures of the sea as well as those of nature, and discover the exceptional richness of the region’s cultural and historical heritage (archaeological sites dating back to prehistoric times (500,000 BC), churches and old chapels, picturesque little ports such as Pors Poulhan, the Château de Loquéran, etc.). It’s also home to several white-sand beaches, sea excursions and water sports.
Audierne, its marina and shops are 1.5 km away.
Plouhinec and its fishing port are a 5-minute walk away. The fish market sells the famous Raz de Sein sea bass, blue lobster, spiny lobster and spider crab, as well as turbot, burbot, skate, pollack and sea bream. In plouhinec, on the Route du Vent Solaire, the picturesque port of Pors Poulhan with La Bigoudène by famous sculptor René Quillivic marks the border between Pays Bigouden and Cap Sizun.
The coastline of Cap Sizun offers numerous white sandy beaches. To the west, between the Pointe du Van and the Pointe du Raz, the Baie des Trépassés beach, exposed to the winds, is particularly attractive to snow sports enthusiasts ( surf, windsurf, kitesurf ,…). Further north, between Douarnenez and the Pointe du Van, you’ll find beautiful beaches and wild coves well sheltered from the westerly winds. To the south, at Plouhinec and Audierne, you’ll find superb long sandy beaches.
Cap-Sizun, with its many short hiking trails and its section of the GR 34, offers you a privileged choice.
With almost a thousand kilometers of wooded and coastal paths, the Baie d’Audierne and the Pays de Douarnenez are a popular hiking destination for nature lovers. Alone, with family or friends, you can choose coastal paths along the ocean or opt for country walks inland, along the Goyen river or the Poulguidou pond, discovering the region’s heritage.
You can also explore the Cap Sizun Ornithological Nature Reserve in Goulien, where seabirds from the open sea or the coast nest by the hundreds every spring on the granite and heather cliffs.
It’s a must-see for anyone who loves hiking and breathtaking scenery.
Pointe du Raz is the most visited site in Brittany. Every year, almost a million visitors from all over Europe come to admire the Pointe du Raz in Finistère. The Pointe and its sheer, jagged cliffs (70 metres) bear witness to the power of the elements. From here, there’s a magnificent panorama of the Raz de Sein, with the Vieille lighthouse less than a nautical mile to the west of the Pointe du Raz and, in the distance, the Ar Men lighthouse, the furthest from the French coast, which took 34 years to build.
The commune of Plouhinec is home to some of the most prestigious sites in Brittany’s archaeological heritage.
From the covered alley of Pors-Poul’han to the Neolithic dolmens and necropolises of the Pointe du Souc’h (listed as a Historic Monument), not forgetting the Paleolithic cave of Menez Dregan, you can travel back 500,000 years to the end of the 3rd millennium.
But Cap Sizun also boasts a formidable religious heritage, with its many monuments bearing witness to a rich and well-preserved past. Churches, chapels, calvaries and fountains dot the region, along the coast, at the top of cliffs or at the bottom of valleys.
Cap Sizun is a land of old stones, legends and history.