Nothing is more nourishing and relaxing for the soul than the closeness to the sea. And it was just what I’ve been needed lately, to get away fr all stress at work and sleepless nights and find some peace. Since I’ve I become somewhat obsessed by lighthouses since my latest visit to Brittany (Bretagne) a few weeks ago I thought it would not be a bad idea to continue and explore Brittany and it’s lighthouses a bit more. I find them mysterious. Especially when they are blanketed in fog or beaten by the violent waves. One lighthouse, or phare as they say in French, that caught my attention is Kermorvan near the fishing village Le Conquet. I decided to go there for a few days. I took the train from Paris to Brest and there I rented a car (first time ever I was driving a car all alone after 12 years!! More about that in a separate blog post). It took me around 25 minutes to get to Le Conquet. As the hotel where I was going to stay was not opening until 15:00 I went for lunch at Louise de Bretagne, an address to remember, excellent galettes and crêpes! In fact I went there twice during my stay in le Conquet. After I had checked in I went to the Tourisme Office where they provided me with lots of information about the surrounding area and also gave me a few maps and brochures where I could mark the lighthouses I wanted to see.
I started off by going to Les Blancs Sablons, 2,5km fine sand beach stretching over 2,5km lined with turquoise water. Apparantly surfers paradise when the weather conditions are the right ones. I can imagine in the summer many people will gather here on this beautiful beach! From the beach you’ll find a hiking trail leading to the lighthouse Kermorvan…located on Pointe de Kermorvan.
The coast of Brest, called La Finistère is acctually crowded with more lighthouses than any other region of France, La Finistère means “end of the Earth” and out of the total 120 lighthouses in France 57 of them are situated here on the 2000 mile coastline. Kermorvan was built in 1849. This iconic lighthouse with an arch is just picture perfect if you ask me. The area where the lighthouse is located is acctually not accessible, there is a barrier which say it’s not for public. But I believe as long as you respect the nature and you’re careful it’s fine to jump over to have a closer look on the lighthouse. The sun was quite strong during the evening, and I wasn’t very motivated to stay until the sun had set entirely, I had forgotten my torch lamp and didn’t wanted to walk alone in the dark.
Another iconic lighthouse I had on my list to visit was the Phare du Petit Minou. When I arrived it took my breath away. I was stunned by its beauty. This lighthouse also has an arch and is surrounded by turquoise water, I promised myself I had to return in the evening to catch its beauty by sunset. The sun was way too strong at the time I had arrived in the morning, I had planned to be there just when the sun would rise, but ofcourse I got lost in the middle of nowhere and my GPS didn’t help me very much as none of the small roads near the lighthouse was recognized by it. There are by the way lots of nice spots for surfers here too. When I was there I saw many of them surfing in the water.
The last lighthouse I went and saw was Saint-Mathieu, located on Pointe Saint-Mathieu. Only a 5-8 min drive from the hotel I stayed at in Le Conquet. It had been built in 1835 near the ruins of the Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre.
A two night stay in Brittany to see these lighthouses is indeed not very much. I would definately love to return very soon again for a longer stay <3
All photos taken with my Fujifilm x100s
Les Blancs Sablons
Pointe du Petit Minou – surfers paradise?
Les Blancs Sablons, most probably crowded during the summer months, here seen fr the Pointe de Kermorvan
Was dissapointed when I saw there was no access for public, but I jumped over, I simply had to see the lighthouse Kermorvan <3
Phare Kermorvan, the lighthouse Kermorvan just before sunset. Unfortunately very windy..not very good for my tripod.
Picture perfect, the lighthouse Kermorvan
The Lighthouse Kermorvan and the arch with the bridge leading to it
Phare du Petit Minou, the lighthouse Petit Minou early in the morning
A few trails nearby Pointe du Petit Minou, with Spring blossoms
Reminded me a bit of the hiking trails in Corsica
The sun was way too strong for me to take any nice photos of the lighthouse Petit Minou, so I decided to return later the same day before sunset
With a foggy blanket as a backdrop with changing colours of the sky the lighthouse Petit Minou looked stunning
On my last day, I woke up early to catch the sunrise near Pointe Saint-Mathieu
Phare de Saint-Mathieu
Pointe de Saint-Mathieu