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Brittany’s Emerald Coast Walk

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Brittany’s Emerald Coast has some of the most amazing scenery in all of Europe.  Still, it remains non touristy.  The region features stunning beaches and medieval walled villages and some of the best hard cider in the world!

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All about the Brittany’s Emerald Coast Walk.

One of our most popular tours, this eight-night walking excursion allows you to experience the very best of the beautiful Breton coast. You’ll enjoy simply stunning walks, taking in dramatic scenery, a wealth of colors and a multitude of medieval history.
During the first few days of your itinerary, you’ll be walking along the magnificent paths that hug the northern coast. It’s a landscape of pinky-gold cliffs, secret coves, deserted, heather-backed beaches and traditional Breton fishing villages untouched by tourism. It’s perfect for exploring on foot and, at every turn, you’re rewarded with fabulous panoramic views of the entire Emerald Coast. Heading inland, the route takes you along the banks of the River Rance and on through the majestic Hunaudaye forest. Highlights include the feudal Fort la Latte and the beautiful stone-crafted town of Dinan. In the Middle Ages, Dinan served as one of the main strategic strongholds of the Duchy of Brittany and much of her medieval charm remains today.
Your accommodation is an interesting mix, including a lovely seaside hotel in Sables-d’Or-Les-Pins and a perfectly located *** hotel built into the ramparts in the heart of historic Dinan. In Dinard, you’ll stay in the upgraded sea-view rooms looking out across the stunning Atlantic expanse to the old port town of St-Malo.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 8 nights in 3 to 4-star accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Walking transfers
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Deserted coastal paths, shaded forest trails, magnificent beaches
  • Wildlife: Kingfishers, otters and a huge variety of nesting seabirds
  • Superb seafood; sweet and savory crepes; refreshing local cider
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive at Lamballe

    Your holiday starts at M. Jamin’s C16 manor house in the countryside, just three kilometres outside the market town of Lamballe. With only 14 rooms, it’s a lovely, intimate place to stay. The courtyard opens up onto beautifully kept gardens and an elegant terrace for al fresco dining on fine summer evenings. (Staying at Le Manoir des Portes, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Lamballe to Sables d'Or-Les-Pins 17km/11mi/5hr

    You take a short transfer to the tiny Breton fishing port of Dahouet. From here, it’s coastal walking at its best: extensive views, aquamarine seas, white sandy beaches and rocky coves – don’t forget your swimming things! Lunch on the beach at Caroual then head inland and on to your lovely hotel at Sables-d’Or-Les-Pins. (Staying at Hotel de Diane, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - At Sables d'Or-Les-Pins

    Sables-d’Or-Les-Pins is a lovely seaside village with magnificent golden sand beaches. It would be easy to just spend the day here, however we strongly recommend following our suggested circular walk (route notes provided) along a spectacular coastal footpath around the cliff and on to nearby Cap d’Erquy, a delightful fishing village with some outstanding seafood restaurants for lunch. (Staying at Hotel de Diane, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Sables d'Or-Les-Pins to Fort de la Latte/Dinard 17km/11mi/5hr

    Deserted beaches and heather-topped cliffs provide the colourful backdrop for today’s walk which leads you via the Cap Frehel Lighthouse (look out for nesting seabirds) to the famous C14 feudal stronghold of Fort la Latte. Perched on a rocky promontory over the ocean, this castle occupies one of the finest sites in Brittany. Climb up the tower for magnificent coastal views, out as far as Jersey on a clear day. (Staying at Hotel Printania, Breakfast only)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - At Dinard

    Once a sleepy fishing village on the estuary of the Rance, the English transformed the town into one of the most famous and upmarket resorts in Europe during the C19. Although a little quieter now, it has not lost any of its charm and many of the Belle Epoque villas have become historic monuments. Walk out to the Pointe des Etretes for views of the off-shore islands, or take a 10-minute water taxi across the bay to St-Malo and lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets within the Intra Muros (fortified walls) of this ancient mediaeval city. (Staying at Hotel Printania, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Dinard to Dinan 19km/12mi/6hr

    Starting with a transfer to the picturesque Breton village of Langrolay-sur-Rance, today’s route takes you inland, mostly following the course of the River Rance. It’s wonderfully tranquil walking through shady forests, fruit orchards, and along peaceful riverside paths. Your **** hotel in Dinan is superbly located within the ramparts of the mediaeval old town. (Staying at Hotel D’Avaugour, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - At Dinan

    This beautifully preserved ancient walled town, with its riverfront port, is an absolute gem. Wander round the splendidly restored ancient squares and ramparts, visit the imposing C13 castle, admire the flamboyant Gothic basilica and stroll along the cobbled streets packed with authentic artisan workshops. (Staying at Hotel D’Avaugour, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Dinan to Plorec/Lamballe 18Km/11.5mi/5hr

    You take a short transfer then it’s off through the Pays du Tour du Penthievre where shady woodland paths skirt the river as far as the impressive C13 Chateau de la Hunaudaye, the ruins of which date back over 800 years. Then it’s on across farmland, past ancient standing stones, to Lamballe, where you can relax in the hotel gardens before dinner. (Staying at Le Manoir des Portes, Half Board)

  9. Day 9 Day 9 - Leave Lamballe
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Where you stay
Le Manoir des Portes
Situated just 3km outside Lamballe in the little hamlet of La Poterie, this charming C16 manoir, run by the affable M Jamin, is the perfect place to get away from it all. All the 16 cosy rooms are individually decorated and have lots of character. In the main, they overlook the beautiful gardens, where you can relax with a good book or enjoy an aperitif before dinner.
Hotel de Diane
This lovely little hotel is located 100m from the large beach of Sables d’Or. The hotel is traditional in style and dates back to the 1920s, although it has had extensions and modernisations to the rooms since this time! Rooms are located in two buildings; the first building has a far more traditional feel to it in terms of decor, compared to the new rooms, which are modern in style. All rooms are well decorated and some rooms have balconies.
Hotel Printania
With its superb location a short 50m stroll from Dinard’s main beach and situated right on the sea front looking out towards St Malo, the views from the Hotel Printania are fantastic! The hotel seems more like a museum in style: its quintessionally Breton public rooms – including a sitting room with piano which guests are welcome to play! – all feature the carved wooden furniture typical to the area, as well as paintings by local artists and Henriot Quimper porcelain. All 55 rooms are ensuite and all are individually decorated with characteristic Breton detail. Headwater customers stay in the delightful upgraded sea view rooms. Please note that the triple rooms at this hotel only have a double bed and a single bed; three-bedded rooms are not available.
Hotel Le d’Avaugour
We are delighted to have found this lovely hotel right in the heart of mediaeval Dinan. All the rooms are en suite and individually decorated with stylish soft furnishings. The hotel has a small bar and a beautiful garden where you can have breakfast or enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Walk to the end of the garden and you find yourself on the ramparts of the town.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Eating and Drinking

Continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals are included.

Brittany’s fish and seafood is without doubt one of the region’s biggest draws. Platters stacked high with lobster, crab, oyster, shrimp and prawns grace the tables of the atmospheric restaurants. Huge bowls of fresh mussels, scallops and stuffed clams take their place alongside delicious sea bass and bream. The flat local ‘Belons’ oysters are delicious, fleshier than normal ones; they are renowned for their fine hazelnut flavour. Seafood will generally be served with the excellent Breton butter, which contains Guérande salt crystals, and plain bread. Brittany has its own variant on the well-known Provençal fish soup bouillabaisse. This dish, known as cotriade, is usually eaten as a starter, but served with cheese and croutons. It is hearty enough to qualify as a meal in itself!

Many people also think of crêpes when they think of Brittany and indeed almost every little village or town has its own crêperie. The usual custom is to start with a savoury galette (which distinguishes itself from the crêpe by being prepared with buckwheat flour instead of wheat flour), with your own choice of delicious fillings. The classics are ‘la galette complète’ which includes ham, grated cheese and an egg; or one with mushrooms and cream. But you will find as many different fillings as different chefs and then each crêperie has its own specialities. This is then followed by as many galettes as your appetite allows you to eat and finished by a sweet ‘crêpe’, again with a whole range of scrummy fillings!
You will be spoilt for choice with sweet specialties as well. As Brittany produces the best and finest French butter, they have an array of traditional tasty biscuits (the popular galettes and palets Bretons, petits beurres, galettes de Pont Aven, etc…), pastries ( gâteau Breton and gâteau Nantais) based on buttery dough. One of the main traditional desserts is the Far Breton, a sort of local clafoutis (French batter pudding) made with prunes. The region is also a major apple producer so it’s likely that you find a lot of apple specialities.

Cider is the drink most commonly associated with Brittany and is proudly served in all restaurants in the typical bolée glass. Like wine, parts of Brittany have been awarded appellation d’origine contrôlée for their cider. There are three sorts of cider: brut (‘dry’, the most popular), demi-sec (‘semi-dry’) which is a good alternative if you find the dry one too bitter, and doux (‘sweet’) which can be served with desserts and sweets. A brut cider is the perfect accompaniment to crêpes but also to mature soft-washed-rind-cheeses like the neighbouring Camembert. You could try a pairing with game pâtés, nuts or dry fruit salads or even bring back a few bottles in order to enjoy them with mature cheddar. Another popular drink is pommeau de Bretagne, a delicious mix of apple juice and calvados. Its sweet, yet smooth flavor makes for a perfect apéritif. The only wine produced in Brittany is Muscadet. It is produced from the Melon de Bretagne grape, which has been cultivated here since the early 17th century, to give a dry and fruity white wine that goes perfectly with the region’s signature fish and seafood specialties.

Is this trip for you?

This 8-night walk is the perfect introduction to Brittany’s beautiful coastline, allowing you to experience the very best of the beautiful Breton coast. You’ll enjoy simply stunning walks, taking in dramatic scenery, a wealth of colors and a multitude of medieval influences.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. We have suggested that 8 yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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