Visit southern Brittany without a car: our ideas for ecotourism walks

According to a survey conducted by ADN Tourisme and Atout France, 12% of French people going to France with all the CRTs in France plan to stay in Brittany this summer, an increase of 2 points over 2021. Local tourist players have taken the appeal of the French for this destination between picturesque coastline and land steeped in history, and launched in 2017, on the occasion of the arrival of the LGV (high-speed line) to Rennes, the project “In Brittany without my car”.

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Southern Brittany without a car

This collaborative and multisectoral project brings together different actors from the Breton territory (mobility, transport, tourism, etc.), public and private, as well as institutions such as ADEME Brittany and the Regional Council of Brittany around the same issue: the eco-mobility of tourism.

Here are six ideas for staying and / or walking in southern Brittany that do not require you to take a car!

Cycling along Audierne Bay

Bounded to the north by Pointe du Raz, and to the south by Pointe de Penmarc’h, the Gulf of Audierne will delight nature lovers in southern Finistère. in the program? End-of-the-world landscapes to discover by bike: a route similar to a stage of the coastal bike route – or route 5 Brittany – will allow you to follow the entire bay. Allow one hour to reach the Audis from Pointe du Raz!

This hike can be performed from Quimper or Douarnenez by joining the bike route thanks to the BreizhGo network’s “car + bike” service.

Another option: Take the solar wind route, which can start either in the Plogoff, on the Pointe du Raz or in Penmarc’h, at the foot of the Eckmühl lighthouse. This trail of discovery runs along the coast as close as possible, and thanks to the presence of 13 reading tables scattered throughout the route, it allows you to understand the landscapes and heritage. The route largely follows the cycle route, but has the advantage that it signals starting points for hiking as well as a few detours at the foot of the places to be seen in Audierne Bay.

Pointe du Raz is located in the southwest of Finistère. MathieuRivrin

From Brest you can discover the Crozon peninsula without a car

Famous for its Festival du bout du monde, which takes place every year in early August, the Crozon Peninsula forms a giant cross in the Iroise Sea towards Brest. It is also from the commercial port of Brest that the boats of the Compagnie maritime de la Rade-Le Brestoâ tranship passengers to the port of Freight, from April to September!

Steep cliffs, secret beaches and colorful moors: welcome to the Crozon Peninsula! Younn Hazo / 500px

The Crozon Peninsula is a mecca for hiking and has many trails along the coasts and through the pine forests. But the peninsula can also be discovered by bike, thanks to the green road that currently exists between Crozon and Tal Ar Groas, but which will soon be practically possible between Camaret and the entrance to the peninsula. Follow the marked routes!

Idea for an unusual walk: When night falls, hikes are organized on the cliffs of Camaret to discover the lighthouses of the Iroise Sea.

Watered without a car, in Morbihan

Less than 2h30 by direct TGV from Paris, Vannes is a charming city very accessible by public transport, especially as the station is barely 15 minutes walk from the city center.

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In addition to the beautiful harbor, do not miss the ramparts of Vannes, which border the city along the Marle, the Saint-Pierre Cathedral, whose 19th-century spire and Museum of Fine Arts. Street art lovers? Take the 3-kilometer-long track (about a half-hour walk), which begins at the Palais des Arts underground and will take you to the left bank of Vannes harbor.

Château de l’Hermine is a must during a stay in Vannes in Morbihan. Aldo Pavan

From Vannes to Île d’Arz by boat-bus

On a trip to Vannes? Extend your stay a bit and board the island of Arz, thanks to the boat buses, which provide direct crossings all year round in 20 minutes between the ferry terminal in Vannes (accessible in 30 minutes on foot from the city center, or by bus)), Séné and the island Arz.

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The island of Arz, nicknamed the “Island of Captains”, offers two pleasant walks to be done on foot: the green path, 7.5 kilometers, begins at the landing stage and crosses the old salt marshes to reach the beach La Fontaine – Varia. A little further, the blue trail runs along the west coast of the island and leads you to Kérolan beach. On this route you can discover the tide mill at Berno Point, which dates from the 16th century.

The island of Arz, in the Gulf of Morbihan, can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Tuul & Bruno Morandi

Take a walk or bike ride in the vineyards of Nantes

Hiking in the middle of the vineyards? It is possible in the heart of Nantes vineyards! From Nantes you can reach the city of Clisson via the tram line or line T2. TER also serves La Haye Fouassière, Pallet and Gorges stations.

Once there, the Nantes Winery’s Tourist Office makes several circuits available to each municipality free of charge, including preferred circuits. The winemakers of the Nantes winery open their doors to visitors from June to October for tastings, events and even autumn workshops.

To discover Nantes vineyards by bike, take a marked route from Nantes that will take you to Le Pallet along the Sèvre. During your walk you will discover picturesque wine villages, such as those in the Pé de Sèvre or Port Domino. At Le Pallet you can then take part in the Vineyard by Bike circuits. Do not miss Le Vignoble à Vélo ©, a 100 kilometer long network of marked circuits consisting of 5 interconnected loops to be traveled at your own pace. Between 9 and 32 km, these loops allow you to discover castles, wineries, churches and many other places to visit, by taking roads that are not or only slightly used by cars: tranquility guaranteed!

Finally, LaVeloVisite offers three tour formulas for discovering the vineyards of Nantes and Clisson in tandem in a day, two days or a week.

The Nantes vineyards are especially known for the Muscadet. for Ozenne

Nantes to the Brest Canal by bike

Are you looking for an idyllic walk in southern Brittany? Get on your bike for a multi-day trip along Nantes to the Brest Canal. This monumental project initiated by Napoleon designates no less than 364 kilometers of navigable waterways, characterized by 238 flowered locks.

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Specifically, you will follow the Breton part of the Vélodyssée by bike, between Roscoff and Nantes, a route that is particularly suitable for families and / or beginners. On your way, do not miss the small towns like Blain, Josselin, Carhaix, Rohan, Pontivy or even Redon! Pretty flat, the track is almost always away from car traffic, making it very comfortable.

Pontivy is one of the charming villages to discover along the Nantes-Brest canal. Joaquin Ossorio Castillo

Do you want to travel differently this summer? Geo.fr invites you to discover several regions of France without a car during the weeks, using modes of transport such as walking, cycling or even sailing!

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