The natural beauty of Brittany is at its most resplendent in Côtes d'Armor. Nature's hidden surprises can be glimpsed at every turn: in the hollow of a rock, in a shady thicket, in the swell of a wave... A trip to Côtes d'Armor is a chance to see nature in all its finery.
Côtes d'Armor is criss-crossed with waterways that teem with aquatic life, much to the delight of fishing enthusiasts. The Rance is one of Brittany's most beautiful rivers; from its source in Collinée to its estuary, via the delightful town of Dinan, the whole of its 100km course is ripe for exploration on foot or by bike. You can also opt for a boat trip with commentary to discover the river from another angle.
This extraordinary trail of sand and pebbles, sculpted by the opposing currents of the rivers Trieux and Jaudy and measuring just 35m across, juts boldly into the rocky sea for 3km. The thin tongue of land, which attracts birds in vast numbers, is an ideal spot for an invigorating walk. It also serves as a natural breakwater, sheltering the channel between Paimpol and Bréhat from strong currents. This fascinating natural curiosity is the perfect place to get away from it all.
If you want to experience nature in all its raw, untamed splendour, then head for this picture-postcard setting, where the coastline sculpted into the rock gives way to the mighty ocean that lashes the monumental blocks of granite scattered across the Gulf of Plougrescant.
A short boat trip from the Pink Granite Coast takes you to this remarkable nature reserve that is home to 25,000 pairs of nesting seabirds. Discover France's only colony of gannets and witness their spectacular murmuration as they sweep across the skies.
At the rural heart of Côtes d'Armor, near Locarn, across the heath and a little way along the river Follezou, you arrive at the fascinating Gorges du Corong. The huge piles of boulders liberally strewn in and around the gorges in Duault forest are steeped in mystery and legend and create an extraordinary spectacle.
Maisons Nature are a series of museums and discovery centres that introduce visitors to the outstanding natural heritage in Côtes d'Armor. Find out more about the area's beautiful flora and fauna: