Discover the Bay of Saint-BrieucStunning views and warm welcome
Saint-Brieuc, one of Brittany’s best kept secrets
Saint-Brieuc is an ideal starting point for your visits and excursions, thanks to its central location on the northern coast of Brittany.
Very close to Saint-Brieuc, Binic, "the beauty spot of the Côtes d'Armor", is only 15 minutes away, Saint-Quay-Portrieux, 25 minutes away, and Paimpol, 40 minutes away.
On the other side, the coastal resorts of Erquy and Val André are only 30 minutes away.
As for the large classy resorts of Perros-Guirec and Dinard, they are only an hour's drive away. And thanks to the dual carriageway N12, it will take you only 1h15 to get to Rennes and 1H40 to get to Brest.
Did you know that in Brittany, there is no toll?
Saint-Brieuc can boast a very rich natural and cultural heritage, and offers all the required services for a memorable stay. It is also a true gastronomic city, offering the crème de la crème of French dining.
Discover the wharves of Le Légué, the port of Saint-Brieuc, and the atmosphere there on summer evenings. Take part in the Art-Rock festival in the heart of the city, or join in the dance in one of the region's festoù-noz!
In the immediate vicinity of your accommodation
Breathtaking landscapes to admire from the hiking trail « GR34 »
Nestled at the bottom of the Bay to which it has given its name, Saint-Brieuc is a paradise for hikers, offering stunning panoramas.
On sunny days, at low tide, when the sea retreats, the Bay reveals a patchwork of turquoise blue puddles reflecting the clouds, a scenery that can be wonderful at times. The famous GR34 hiking trail, nicknamed "sentier des douaniers” (‘customs officers' trail’), is a long unspoilt coastal walk providing lookout points of secluded bays, ports hidden in small coves, and rocky points over miles of cliffy overhang.
If you like this kind of seascapes, the Pointe du Roselier in Plérin, Pointe de Pordic, and Pointe des Guettes in Hillion, but also the walk along the Gouessant estuary are not to be missed.
Outdoors activities high in sensations
Saint-Brieuc is also an ideal destination for bike lovers : the city straddles 3 valleys, and offers many signposted routes (for bicycles and mountain bikes). It is probably no coincidence that Bernard Hinault, a native five-time Tour de France winner, became a cycling champion.
If you like water sports, you’ll be able to choose between sailing, kayak, windsurf or paddle to explore the secret beaches and go in search for the wonderful wildlife. And during your stay, how about trying your hand at kitesurfing, practice longe-côte (water hiking) or sand yachting, the long sandy beaches are perfect for this unique experience!
In the heart of Saint-Brieuc, live an authentic Breton experience
A seaside town with a marina : Le Légué
In recent years, the city has put the emphasis back on its port, Le Légué, and it has become an increasingly lively tourist centre in its own right.
It now hosts the skippers participating at the solo race Solitaire du Figaro for one of the stages of the race, and from time to time, the Belem, a beautiful 120-year-old three-masted tall ship is moored there. In summer, evening and weekends, it's the favourite meeting spot for the locals. On both sides of the port, you’ll find several cafés and restaurants proposing outdoor seating.
A European gastronomic destination of excellence
Saint-Brieuc is a gourmet city, with 2 Michelin starred chefs within a radius of a few miles. Don't miss a culinary experience at “Pesked” or “the Vieille Tour”, the local gems of award-winning cuisine. The city was also awarded the European Gastronomic Destination of Excellence (Eden) prize in 2015 for the quality and abundance of its catering offer.
The city's range of local delicacies is large, including fish, shellfish and mussels from the Bay, biscuits, butter pastries, caramels, “galettes” (buckwheat pancakes, often served with a savoury filling), crèpes (sweet pancakes), local sausage, coarse pâtés and cider, but the undisputed local star is undoubtedly the scallop. The abalone, a shellfish whose fishing is highly regulated, is another fresh seasonal produce highly appreciated by local gourmets.
The Saint-Brieuc food market, the largest in the region, is held on Wednesdays and especially on Saturday mornings in the streets of the city centre (Place de la résistance, Place du martray, Place du chai). It offers a wide choice of fresh produce locally sourced or gathered from nearby.
An eclectic and abundant cultural life
Saint-Brieuc also provides a rich and diverse cultural offer. La Passerelle, with its small Italian theatre and The Hermione entertainment hall , offer concerts and entertainment performances throughout the year. Every year, during the Pentecost weekend, the Art Rock festival takes over the city centre. Saint-Brieuc converts then into a multiple venues scene on which music, dance, gastronomy, and street arts are performed simultaneously.
You prefer art? There are other treasures for you in Saint-Brieuc
Since 2017, the city has been organizing the "Just do Paint" festival every July, dedicated to the creation of murals art works in the city's streets. About forty artists from all over the world have already competed with each other to decorate the buildings walls with graffiti, frescoes and other unusual decorations. Some of these paintings are still visible in the city's neighborhoods. Will you be able to spot them? Do you like Art Deco? Several buildings in the downtown area have preserved the rounded corners, ironwork, floral patterns, mosaics and spirals that characterize this artistic trend from the beginning of the last century. Its expression probably culminates at the Maison Saint-Yves, located at 81, rue Mathurin-Méheut. In there, you will admire wonderful mosaics of Odorico inspired by the Celtic universe.
Why not enjoy the best that Brittany has to offer during low season?
Some seaside resorts are deserted in the low season.... As a district capital, Saint-Brieuc does not experience any low season, and remains lively all year round. Even in the middle of winter, your favourite restaurants and cafés will remain open. Try Brittany in May or June, when the plants are blooming, and the days longer! The more adventurous ones should come in November, during the highest tides days. If you don't fear unpredictable weather, and with a little luck, you will see the unforgettable spectacle of the rough sea under leaden skies during a Breton storm.
Choose your apartment for your stay in Saint-Brieuc
Our 5 holiday apartments are located in the city centre, close to all amenities and the marina. They also provide immediate access to the dual carriageway, which will simplify your journeys in the region.