Baie de Saint-Brieuc Paimpol - Les Caps, an EDEN destination
The fifth largest bay in the world, the Baie de Saint-Brieuc Paimpol – Les Caps is located in the Côtes d’Armor and stretches from Paimpol to Fréhel. It was awarded Destination EDEN status for its efforts to promote gastronomy, most notably the Rock’n Toques Festival.
All about Gastronomy
In Baie de Saint-Brieuc, the chefs draw inspiration from the aromas and flavours of the local produce. They skilfully blend the products of the land with the fruits of the sea, of which the famous Saint- Jacques scallop, gathered from October to April, is the Queen of the Sea. There are also other exceptional seafood products, such as the blue lobster of Loguivy-de-la-mer, oysters from the Baie de Paimpol or the famous «coco de Paimpol» bean (AOC).
The gourmet programme for Baie de Saint-Brieuc provides rendezvous for lovers of good food. In May, the chefs leave their kitchens for Rock’n Toques, which takes place during the Art Rock Festival. Throughout the year there is no shortage of opportunity for you to explore the area by delighting your taste buds: gourmet walks, tastings, workshops, visits to auctions, night-time organic markets, oyster fairs, Saint-Jacques scallop festival, Gastronomy Festival...
From crêperies to Michelin star restaurants, gourmet stop-offs are dotted all over the Baie de Saint-Brieuc. Ports, farms, cider houses, canneries... There are countless professionals waiting to open their doors to the general public so that others can share in their passion.
All about Nature
The backcountry guards countless treasures and it lays out its authentic landscapes for you to discover a natural environment that is still intact, with a variety of terroirs where it is a pleasure to relax, make new discoveries and get away from it all. You will be dumbfounded by the abundant splendours of the rural communes that dot the Baie de Saint-Brieuc. They offer the perfect excuse to enjoy leisure activities and to relax for all those who love nature and green spaces.
All about the Sea
The Baie de Saint-Brieuc is, above all, a vast stretch of coastline where you can find cliffs, creeks, dunes, headlands and beaches (around fifteen in total). The coastal path, sometimes patrolled by the Coast Guard, is nowadays accessible to walking enthusiasts and it allows everyone to explore the many viewpoints along the bay, as well as a diverse range of landscapes that change with the ebb and flow of the tides.
All about Culture
Dare to step back in time and explore Saint-Brieuc! Set off to discover the « Cathedral Fortress » of Saint-Etienne (built from the XII to the XVIII centuries). Stroll through the old quarters of the city (XIV and XV centuries) that lie alongside the Cathedral and admire the wood-panelled houses, three of which are listed Historical Monuments.
- By car: RN12 (4 lanes without tolls): 4h30 from Paris (450 km) - 2h15 from Nantes (200 km) - 1h07 from Rennes (100 km)
- By train: 7 SNCF stations are served mainly by the TER (links with Brest, Rennes, and
inter-destinations) and the TGV Atlantique that connects Paris to Brest Saint-Brieuc.
- By air : Rennes Airport (102 km from Saint-Brieuc), Lannion Côte de Granit Airport (71 km from Saint-Brieuc), Dinard Airport (77 km from Saint-Brieuc), Brest Bretagne Airport (137 km from Saint-Brieuc)