The Pink Granite Coast

Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
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Trip End Jul 13, 2012


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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Saturday, June 9, 2012

In this area of northern Brittany, we have had plenty of avenues of exploration. So today was the beach at Perros-Guirec. This area is known as the Pink Granite Coast, and is one of the most famous coastal areas in France. The rocks are noteworthy not only because they are  pink, but the elements have carved them into bizarre shapes.

 
 
We found Perros-Guirec to be a beautiful resort with a wide sandy beach, inviting hotels and cafes, and white Breton villas built on the hilly slopes. We have been really surprised that in this area, as in others we have travelled through, that the houses are all similar. Do they not get tired of the same style? Or is there a local housing style requirement? Breton houses are mostly white, with a slate covered steep roof. They are very well kept, and usually have a colourful garden.

Cafes lined the shore, and we enjoyed a morning coffee in the sun. 
 
   
 
 
Thie islands in this area, the Sept Illes, are renowned as an ornithological sanctuary. We took a boat trip to the islands to see the puffins. But before we saw any puffins, we saw the island of Rouzic. Parts of these island are white with gannets. Gannets are large - they have a wingspan of up to 1.8 metres. Because of their large wings, they need a very steep cliff to take off. They also like the northern part of this island, as here they face the wind and it is easier to take off. So they congregate on specific slopes. 

      

 The puffins we only saw on the water. My camera lens was not good enough to get a good image, as they really are quite small. We also saw cormorants and a couple of grey seals. These seals are quite speckly, and look quite different to the seals we saw in New Zealand.
 
   

We loved the area. The rocks, the ocean, the trees, the housing - it was beautiful. 
 
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