Visiting the Cap Fréhel cliffs
Make the most of your camping stay in Erquy to visit Cap Fréhel, an unspoilt jewel in Côtes-d'Armor. The spectacular pink sandstone cliffs, the Fort la Latte castle keep perched on a rocky spur, and the bird reserve have made this one of the most impressive natural sites in Brittany, listed as a "Grand Site de France" since 2019.
Looking down on a blue sea with emerald reflections, Cap Fréhel separates Saint-Brieuc bay from Saint-Malo bay. Listed as a "Grand site de France" since September 2019, this pink sandstone point with its ragged outline offers picture postcard views of rare and untamed beauty, with 70-metre-high cliffs plunging down into the sea.
Regularly ranked as one of the finest panoramas in Brittany, Cap Fréhel alternates rocky spurs, pink sandstone cliffs, sandy bays bathed by an emerald sea, wild heathland and pine forests, where the most beautiful villas on the Penthièvre coast are hiding. In clear weather, visitors can take in at a single glance a spectacular view stretching from Cotentin and Jersey to Paimpol.
Hiking around Cap Fréhel
The king of the Capes has a whole host of hiking trails accessible to all. Starting with the GR 34 trail between Cap Fréhel and Fort La Latte. Visitors can walk all the way round Cap Fréhel along a trail leaving from L'Anse du Croc in Pléhérel (6 km). The coastal path presents no particular difficulties. But you should wear some good walking shoes because the ground is uneven in places.
The Cap Fréhel bird reserve
The Fauconnière rock is easy to spot with its leaning tower shape. It is one of the most important bird reserves in Côtes-d'Armor after Sept-Îles. From February to mid-July thousands of birds have found a welcoming home in the cliffs, where they can rest, make their nests and breed. The birds include the European herring gull, the European shag, the Northern fulmar, the common murre and the razorbill, the most endangered sea bird in France. The spectacle is never-ending and the setting spectacular!
The Cap Fréhel beaches
The Cap Fréhel beaches are exceptional. The beaches and unspoilt creeks are very popular with visitors. They are accessible along the coast, on either side of Cap Fréhel, from the GR34 trail or by road. Across from the Saint Michel island (accessible at low tide), the vast Sables-d'Or-les-Pins beach is ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Brittany. L'Anse des Sévignés, a bay at the foot of the cliffs, is also well worth the detour. La Fosse beach below the dunes is the most secret and remote, at the far west of the peninsula. Located between the Pointe de la Guette and the Pointe aux Chèvres, the Grèves d'en Bas beach is a famous surfing spot in Cap Fréhel.
The Cap Fréhel lighthouse
The old Cap Fréhel lighthouse was built in 1685 by Vauban's engineer-architect, Simon Garangeau. It is a round tower made of pink sandstone and topped by a beacon. Standing behind it, the Vauban Tower, today's lighthouse (32 metres high), was inaugurated in 1950. You can climb up and visit the lighthouse every afternoon (€3).
DID YOU KNOW? Cap Fréhel gave its name to Cap de Freels on the east coast of Newfoundland when the locals began to fish cod there.
Fort la Latte, a medieval jewel on the Emerald Coast
Fort la Latte was built in the 13th and 14th centuries on a rocky spur at the mouth of Fresnaye Bay in Plévenon. Also known as Roche Goyon Castle, it is a fine example of medieval architecture in Brittany. The castle was turned into a coastal defence fort between 1690 and 1715 to protect Saint-Malo. It had tall walls and was defended by cannon batteries. The castle keep, curtain walls, machicolations, arrowslits, battlements and drawbridges that survive today have passed through the centuries intact. A visit not to be missed for fans of castles and history!
Your campsite rental at Cap Fréhel
Where to stay: at our campsite in Erquy in Côtes-d'Armor we will be delighted to welcome you 20 km from Cap d'Erquy. Choose your campsite pitch for your tent, caravan or campervan at the seaside or treat yourself to a top-quality mobile home rental for your family holiday on the Penthièvre Coast. Near your campsite in Fréhel, you can see a wide range of sights that are well worth a detour: Erquy, Pléneuf Val André Dinan, Dinard and Saint-Malo.
For more information about Fréhel : www.paysdefrehel.com
photos by @l'oeil de Paco