Located in Brittany, Saint-Brieuc's historic town centre opens up onto the sea. Take in the sea breeze as you stop over in this gourmet, maritime and natural city! Here's some inspiration for your next getaway!
1. Stroll in the heart of the city
Head into the 'cité au griffon' (the Griffin City) via the unmissable route through the historic centre, from the medieval quarter made of half-timbered houses around the fortress cathedral, to buildings constructed in a neoclassical style.
Pay particular attention to the street-art frescoes and Art Deco details – a shock of eras and a fantastic meeting of colours. Finish off your tour with a visit to the Museum of Art and History. If you want to keep going, follow the dedicated route or take a guided tour.
Shops and workshops presenting creations and crafts are well established in Saint-Brieuc. Find your inspiration for a 100% local souvenir and a selection of the best terraces and secret patios to enjoy a drink as you stroll around the heart of the city.
2. Treat your taste buds
Saint-Brieuc has a beautiful and varied range of restaurants and eateries: crêperies, bistros, gourmet cuisine and more. With two starred restaurants: La Vielle Tour* (Nicolas Adam) and Aux Pesked* (Mathieu Aumont).
Take advantage of the Wednesday and Saturday markets to appreciate the quality and variety of local seasonal sea and land produce, such as the emblematic Coquille Saint-Jacques scallop. Like a local, order a sausage galette to enjoy hot.
3. Take a walk in the Port du Légué
Take advantage of the afternoon to head down to the lively Port du Légué district. To get there, hop on the line D bus. Otherwise, rent an electric bike at the station or in front of the Tourist Office.
On two-wheels, cross the Gouédic valley – a green lung in Saint-Brieuc. Next, walk along the river to the port, where the city opens up to the sea! On foot, allow 45 minutes on the same path.
With quays punctuated by bar terraces and craft and creation shops, the Port du Légué is a popular spot for a stroll. Dive into its history and maritime heritage through the dedicated route or guided tours.
4. Escape to the beach
21 beaches punctuate the Bay of Saint-Brieuc.
West of Saint-Brieuc, you'll find the favourite cove of the locals – Martin-Plage – which can be recognised with its rock, topped with a white cross. Next, the long sandy Rosaires beach stretches out along its 2 km of coast between the Pointe du Roselier and the Pointe de la Béchue. Dotted with seaside villas with a unique, ancient charm – Les Rosariennes – it remains easy to access and family friendly. Its neighbour, Tournemine, houses the Nautical Centre. Then, the aptly named Petit Havre , before you arrive at the seaside resorts of Binic-Etables-sur-Mer and Saint-Quay-Portrieux.
5. Enjoy the exceptional panoramic views
Travel towards the top 6 viewpoints on the coast of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc to witness the spectacle of the tides, from sunrise to sunset. This Breton bay is home to the largest tides in the world.
These are particularly impressive in the Nature Reserve of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, renowned for its rich birdlife and unspoilt natural spaces.
Why not make the most of low tides to learn about shore fishing?
As well as exploring the Vélomaritime on two wheels, you can enjoy a walk along the seaside and enjoy panoramic views along the GR®34 customs trail, as well as certain hiking loops.