The Cotes d’Armor region lies on the northern coast of Brittany and offers plenty of things to see. Rent a beautiful holiday cottage in Brittany to explore the best places to visit on the Cotes d’Armor, from the Pink Granite Coast over to the Cap Fréhel peninsula, with Dinan right in the middle.
The Pink Granite Coast
The rock formations on this stunning stretch of coast near Perros-Guirec, Ploumanac’h and Trébeurden are truly unique. The Pink Granite Coast gets its name from the magical rose-tinted rock which originates from a combination of three minerals – mica, feldspar and quartz. The pinkish hue is determined by the degree of oxidation of the feldspar. While the coastline makes for beautiful, scenic walks, the local villages are just as delightful. The French voted Ploumanac’h as their favourite village in 2015. Once you’re there, it’s easy to see why. Monuments like the Mean Ruz lighthouse which sits atop a granite headland, or the Oratory of Saint Guirec are great to explore. If you’re looking for the best places to visit on the Cotes d’Armor, then the Pink Granite Coast is at the top of the list.
Renting a cottage in Brittany for your holidays gives you a great base for visiting the local sights. You certainly won’t want to miss Bréhat Island. It is France’s largest protected nature site, and everything is done to preserve it, so cars are not allowed. Take your time strolling across the biggest of this group of islands to enjoy the rich flora – Bréhat is aptly known as the Island of Flowers. Your walk will take you through a picturesque village with beautiful old stone houses before leading out to the typically Celtic landscapes at the northern tip of the island.
Want to work your way further through our top picks of the best places to visit on the Cotes d’Armor? Then get yourself over to Cap Frehel! Set between rolling land and stunning cliffs, Cap Frehel is a must for fans of wild open spaces. Follow the GR34 hiking trail and soak up the magnificent views over the sea while being entertained by the varied bird life to be found here. Of course, you’ll also want to squeeze in a visit to Fort La Latte, a stunning mediaeval castle perched on the coast.
City walls and cobbled streets make Dinan a picture-perfect mediaeval town. Meander around the town and enjoy a drink on the banks of the river Rance. This is an artists’ town, and counts many galleries where you can chat to the painters and sculptors themselves. A visit to Dinan wouldn’t be complete without taking in the Clock Tower, or visiting the castle featuring typical 16th century architecture: the keep, the Coëtquen tower and a drawbridge.
Where to stay to explore the sights of the Cotes d’Armor?
We have a fabulous selection of beautiful luxury villas in Brittany. Whether you’re looking for a beachfront base or somewhere inland, our spacious villas and luxury cottages are perfect for getting away from it all with family or friends. Get in touch with Chic Villas to find your perfect holiday property.