Once a simple oratory on the way to the Basilica of Notre-Dame du Folgoët, this charming chapel was soon enlarged. In 1695, it was converted into a chapel, only to be enlarged again less than 20 years later. This success story can be explained by a miracle: when the neighboring manor house of Pratanlouët was ravaged by fire, its owners vowed that if the blaze in their home stopped, they would donate some land to the chapel. And guess what? The fire stopped!
Chapelle St Fiacre
Dating from the 16th century, it is a true witness to the past history of Plouider and the Côte des Légendes. In addition to its many polychrome statues, fountain and beautiful turret, it is famous for its "leper window". A veritable loophole on the north side, it enabled the "kakous", also known as "caqueux" (descendants of lepers from the neighboring hamlet) to attend mass without rubbing shoulders with the other worshippers. A haven of peace where it's so pleasant to stop!
Just 22 km long, the Quillimadec is a river nonetheless! More precisely, a coastal river that flows into the ocean. Its lush green undergrowth provides a pleasant setting for hiking that's accessible to all. A word of advice: go there in autumn... the shimmering colors, the sound of your footsteps in the dead leaves and arms full of beautiful chestnuts, that's a program to look forward to, isn't it?
Yew from Kernilis
The emblem of Kernilis is undoubtedly its yew tree, planted in the parish grounds over 400 years ago. Imagine, it would have been planted under Henry IV - humbling, isn't it? This grandiose witness to the Wars of Religion is still full of vitality today and is the pride of the commune! Come and discover this sacred tree which, for the Celts, was the link between the world of the living and that of the dead. With its 3.8 m circumference, it's said to be one of the finest in Finistère.
St Guénolé fountain
Not far from the charming village of Saint-Frégant lies this crystalline fountain. It's another place steeped in legend, and it shows! In a sheltered niche stands a statue of Guénolé, his sister Klervie and a strange goose. We won't go any further in explaining the story, but simply say that Saint Guénolé became the patron saint of oculists as a result of this legendary episode... To solve this mystery, there's no other choice than to go and discover it for yourself!
Dolmen du Dievet
This Neolithic dolmen stands out in the middle of a cornfield. The granite cover slab is massive, measuring over 4 m in length. This remnant of a funerary monument rests on five supports firmly attached to the Pagan country. Fascinating in its grandeur, this site bears witness to a heritage from another time, and is a marvellous example of megalithism that continues to amaze us.
Aber Wrac'h Valley
Aber Wrac'h may be famous for its estuary and harbour, but upstream, you'll find a peaceful river nestling in a deep, forested valley. Its undulating slopes and hairpin bends are a delight for the most dynamic sportsmen and women. A world cyclo-cross championship was once held here! An ideal early-morning stroll, to enjoy the freshness and magical ambience of the banks bathed in mist.
Company, not open to visitors
Groupe Ouest's aim is to support cinematographic creation; it is a unique place in Europe dedicated to supporting writers in residence and script development. Over the past sixteen years, hundreds of filmmakers have frequented this imaginative environment. This experience has given rise to films, some of which have won national and international awards! Although the company can only be visited on rare occasions, it is a major attraction on the Côte des Légendes, thanks to Cinambule, a stroll along the script trail!
Barrachou and Tressény Bay
The rhythm of the tides tirelessly varies the panoramas and colors of this cove where nature and heritage meet. The impressive barrachou rock formation has watched over this peaceful bay for thousands of years. More recent, but just as remarkable, is the Dibennou guardhouse, which valiantly defends the entrance. Not to mention the cross on the shore (croas an aod), planted with panache on the shoreline. In short, a delight for photographers and seaside walkers alike.
It's impossible to miss its majestic silhouette at the entrance to the grove. This old beech, nestled in the middle of the fields, has stood the test of time. It still looks down on us today, like a wise old man with so much to teach us, if only we understood.... This singularity makes it one of the few remarkable beech trees in Finistère. In short, the ideal place for a refreshing break in the shade of its foliage.
Built into the hillside, the Pénity chapel overlooks the bay and the imposing Renaissance bell tower of the Goulven church. Modest in size, the building is nonetheless richly decorated. Even today, it's an ideal place for meditation, just as it was for Saint Goulven, who chose it as a hermitage to escape glory and rediscover peace and quiet. A place and a view to discover on the Goulven hiking trail or at exhibitions.
Beg ar groas
On the Kerurus dunes, facing the sea, this little cross directs the eye towards a vast panorama of granite chaos in shades of gray and blue, punctuated by multicolored fishing boats. Perched on its stone promontory, it proudly dominates the bay. Not far away, six machine-gun posts and three bunkers are a reminder that the Germans intended this site as a landing zone. A site rich in history in a breathtaking natural setting!
At the end of a small country lane, in a peaceful, isolated corner of the countryside, lies another magical place on the Côte des Légendes: the megalithic site of "Croaz Toul". Here, a few standing stones stand sentinel-like guard over a small dolmen and the incredible cross pierced in its center. This complex dates back to the early Middle Ages and is still full of secrets. The lush greenery and ferns create a mysterious haven that offers travellers a little freshness and a lot of serenity.
Sainte Petronille fountain
In Ploudaniel, just a few dozen metres from the chapel of Sainte-Pétronille and its high kersantite calvary, stands a beautiful fountain of the same name, set in a green setting. This 17th-century fountain runs through the center of a paved enclosure surrounded by a wall lined with benches. On one wall, a niche houses a statue of Saint Petronilla, known for curing fevers. Its renaissance pediment and the peacefulness of the setting will delight the curious!
Inaugurated in 1968, this unique site in Brittany, based in Ploudaniel (just outside Lesneven), is home to the graves of 5,835 soldiers who died in Finistère and Côtes d'Armor during the last world war. Whether on a guided or self-guided tour, you're sure to be struck by the sobriety and quietude of this place of remembrance. A place steeped in history that leaves no one indifferent...
Pointe de Neiz Vran - Île aux vaches
Here's a piece of land rich in history and tradition. It is said that cows used to graze here at the rhythm of the tides. There's also talk of the role of these same cows in the famous legend of the shipwreckers... Many mysteries that only add to the charm of this "island" accessible only at low tide. An ideal stopover for a feeling of being at the end of the world, in a natural setting that's both calm and wild!
Menhir de Men Marz
At 8.5 m high, the Men Marz menhir is one of the largest and earliest Christianized monoliths in Brittany. Listed as a Monument Historique since 1889, it is one of the four highest menhirs in France. Legend has it that if you manage to throw a pebble into one of the menhir's notches, you'll be married (or cast?) within the year. According to local belief, this is 100% effective.
Cloister of Lesneven
This Lesnevian monument has seen many periods in history! Initially a convent, it was in turn transformed into barracks, an annex of the Brest maritime hospital and then a school for young girls. Today, it houses our tourist information office, the Musée du Léon and numerous meeting and reception rooms. A magical place, as evidenced by the number of newlyweds who choose it as the setting to celebrate their love!
An imposing gap where land and sea meet, Goulven Bay and the Keremma dunes are home to a wealth of biological diversity. Here, white sandy beaches, mudflats, salt meadows, marshes, ponds and dunes combine to produce a remarkable array of flowers. It's hardly surprising, then, that this area has become a veritable pilgrimage for migratory birds, which find all the comfort and food they need here. A well-deserved break before continuing their journey!
The Langazel moors
275 hectares of moorland, ponds, marshes and wet meadows make up the remarkable Langazel peat bog. Reputed to be the oldest in Brittany, it is also one of the main sources of the Aber Wrac'h river. In the past, it was a place where peat was extracted to alleviate coal shortages. Today, this site is recognized as being of priority interest, and boasts an exceptional natural heritage! Hikes and an interpretive trail will help you discover this unique site!
Marais du Curnic
The 600 ha of this natural area are home to an exceptional biodiversity that will delight both curious novices and passionate naturalists! The varied landscapes alternate between dunes, wet meadows, peat bogs, foreshore, ponds and beaches. The fruit of the cohabitation between man and nature, its attractions make it an important stopover site for over 150 species of birds. A pleasant stroll will allow you to appreciate the richness of this protected area.
Like a white seagull looking out to sea and scanning the horizon, the small Pontusval lighthouse was first lit in 1869. Built to warn of the dangerous reefs along the Côte des Légendes, it still serves as a relay between the lighthouses on Île Vierge and Île de Batz. If it's not open to visitors, it's because Marie Paule, its former keeper, still lives there. A humble edifice, set on rocks bordered by sandy beaches, it inspires photographers to immortalize it in all its facets!
Basilica of Folgoët
A flamboyant Gothic church, this basilica is a major example of 15th-century Breton architecture. Many great names have passed through its walls (Anne de Bretagne, François 1er...). A spiritual Mecca, notably during its famous pardon, its popularity is also due to the many mysteries that surround it. Damaged during the Revolution, the church has nevertheless preserved its incredible rood screen, all in finely chiselled Kersanton stone. Outside, don't forget to take a look at the astonishing fountain, which is said to have many powers!
Originally a military site, Meneham is best known as a village where peasant-fishermen-goemen lived for over a century and a half. Here, we present an important part of our heritage. Take a step back in time to the days of the customs officers, or imagine yourself, for a moment, in the life of the village's former inhabitants, through its many events, museum spaces and temporary exhibitions. This site will also delight lovers of pristine beaches and unspoilt nature.