In common with many other French towns, Crozon has a number of fêtes and festivals at various times of year. Stretching westwards into the Atlantic, the anchor-shaped Presqu’île de Crozon (or Crozon Peninsula) is one of the most scenic spots in Brittany. We weren’t in the remote wilderness, but this was an immensely satisfying spot for car camping.The first big highlight was a half-day hike we took from the seaside town of Camaret-sur-mer to La Pointe de Pen-Hir (about 4 km). Avid campers in California before moving to France four years ago, we had shipped enough camping equipment with us to stage an invasion of a small island nation. Les Pieds was basic, with a small campground store, showers and bathrooms, and a choice of pitches just a few hundred feet off the water. All rights reserved. Probably the best known festival held in Crozon is the.Crozon has various shops and a couple of supermarkets for daily needs. Things to Do in Crozon, Finistere: See Tripadvisor's 1,932 traveler reviews and photos of Crozon tourist attractions. It was clear a number of people had parked nearby, or locked their bikes. There is also a local produce market most mornings in front of the church. Tourism. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission.I want emails from Lonely Planet with travel and product information, promotions, advertisements, third-party offers, and surveys. We wandered down the beach past an array of abandoned and decaying boats before finding a spot where we could wade into the water and cool off.When we returned to camp, a crêpe truck had rolled up making for a nice surprise. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. But since arriving, our jumble of family tents, sleeping bags, and campfire cooking equipment had sat unused and silently taunting us in a closet.In part, that was because we were having a hard time grasping the French camping scene. Neither really seemed to be a popular or easy option here.Determined to finally break out of our slump, we researched options for Brittany, a vast and wild region that held a strong allure for us.With a rental car loaded with camping equipment freshly liberated from its closet prison and our two teenagers, we drove north from Toulouse to Crozon, a spot that came highly recommended by numerous French friends. Presqu’Île de Crozon in the Brittany region turned out to be the perfect place to finally indulge our love of camping in France. Far below, more intrepid people had scrambled down a rocky path to a little beach, which seemed to be much more accessible by boat.L’ile vierge/Photo by Donatienne Guilladeau.The sun and food and hike combined to give us a profound case of lethargy. Crozon. Before moving to France in 2014, I spent 15 years covering Silicon Valley for the Los Angeles Times and The San Jose Mercury News.Subscribe to our newsletter for new blog posts and photos.This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Louis Jouvet, a French actor, was born in Crozon in 1887. And figuring out the differences, and finding one that was as close to nature and as basic as possible took quite a bit of research.Eventually, we booked four nights in a small family campground called Les Pieds Dans L’eau. Exploring all of Brittany will require many return trips.Chris O'Brien is an American journalist living in Toulouse, France. Crozon harbours Île Longue, the base of the French strategic nuclear submarines. In common with many other French towns, Crozon has a number of fêtes and festivals at various times of year. Campgrounds are privately owned and operated. The water crashing against the rocks below had a savage feel, and completed a sensation that somehow, we were standing on the end of the world.On the way back, we made a quick stop in Camaret for beer and moules-frites and then returned to the calm of the campground. We managed to hike back out, but reaching the southernmost point by bike was going to be too ambitious. Stretching westwards into the Atlantic, the anchor-shaped Presqu’île de Crozon (or Crozon Peninsula) is one of the most scenic spots in Brittany. So instead, we pedaled back to Morgat, walked along the boardwalk until we found a place to get ice cream and recharge, and then decided to drive out to the southermost point of Cap de la Chèvre.Walking out to the edge, we passed a memorial for naval aviators and stood about 100 meters above the turquoise water surrounding us on three sides. We were accustomed to either hiking into the wilds and pitching a tent or reserving a spot in a national or state park. Penfeld ; Élorn ; the river of Daoulas ; Aulne ; the river of Faou. Île Perdue: natural: coastline: place: islet: wikidata: Q3593168: wikipedia: fr:Île Perdue: Part of. This was not an island, but rather another smaller peninsula sticking out from the secondary peninsula we had followed from Morgat. Starting in Camaret, we started by visiting the red-brick,La Tour Vauban/Photo by Emmanuel Berthier.Walking through town and up a hill, we passed through the L’Alignement de Menhirs de Lagatjar, a series of Stonehenge-like standing stones that date from at least 2,500 years ago.From there, we continued south from the town and out along a path that was perched along the edge of the land, stopping briefly to see the Atlantic Battle Memorial Museum which was made from a former German battlement. The road out of town was steep, but ultimately leveled out and made for good, casual riding. But the best part came when we decided to ditch our bikes.About an hour out, there was a sign indicating a path that descended toward the water. Thanks to its layout, the roadstead harbours a wide diversity of natural habitats and a high level of biodiversity. But whereas in the U.S. such parks might offer government-run campgrounds, that’s not the case here. Currently, he freelances and covers startups, entrepreneurs, and technology for publications such as VentureBeat, Les Echos' The Innovator, and the LA Times.I am an American journalist based in Toulouse, where I write about travel, culture, and technology. Avid campers in California before moving to France four years ago, we had shipped enough camping equipment with us to stage an invasion of a small island nation. End of the roadstead of Brest, at Landévennec. One again, there was that feeling of standing at world’s end, I guess something Brittany excels at.For Day 3, we decided to stick close to the campground. A bigger market called 'la Foire' takes place every first Wednesday of the month.In 2008, 4.58% of primary-school children attended.Crozon is twinned with the following places:Site with map and info on Finistère communes,more than 500 photos of the Crozon Peninsula,Maritime Heritage : Crozon-Morgat's fishing history and boats,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crozon&oldid=973449821,Articles with French-language sources (fr),Short description is different from Wikidata,Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata,Articles with dead external links from December 2016,Articles with permanently dead external links,Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz area identifiers,Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers,Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License,This page was last edited on 17 August 2020, at 08:20. As this was July, the nights stretched until almost 11 p.m., delivering lingering sunsets that gradually cascaded from fiery reds and yellows to violet and soft blues. The peninsula sits in the.Amorique is one of 52 such regional parks in France. We have reviews of the best places to see in Crozon. We scrambled through some trees and brush along a narrow path that brought us quickly to another edge with inspiring views of the water below.L’ile vierge/Photo by Donatienne Guillaudeau.When we reached the edge of L’île Vierge, we climbed on some rocks for a picnic. Such battlement’s are common along the Brittany and Normandy costs, a stark legacy of WWII.It’s from this point where the view becomes what the French would call “à couper le souffle,” and that we would call breathtaking.The land plunges directly into the water 70 meters below and is lined with sharp rocks that jut up from the sea. Île Longue; Île du Renard; Île Trébéron; Île des Morts; Île Perdue; Rivers flowing into the roadstead of Brest. Environment. It was a spectacular start.The second day we drove south to the coastal town of Morgat where we rented bikes to ride into the rolling hills of a secondary peninsuala that pointed south called Cap de la Chèvre. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in September. And this was only a corner that was small, and yet felt immense. This would give us three full days to explore Crozon.Each morning we climbed out of the tent and looked across the water to Brest. That made for a simple dinner, making the lazy day pretty much complete.After dinner, we joined a number of fello campers on the beach, skipping rocks, drinking beer, and watching one last slow descent of the sun.By the time we packed up the next morning, our time in Crozon had delivered a varied and dreamy taste of the primitive sensations that Brittany evokes. So on a whim, we decided to follow the path, having no idea what lay ahead.What lay ahead was the L’île Vierge. In previous centuries, this multifingered spit of land was a key strategic outpost; crumbling forts and ruined gun batteries can still be seen on many headlands, but these days it's the tucked-away coves, secluded and inviting beaches, thrilling panoramas, charming B&Bs and clifftop trails that attract thousands of visitors in summer.© 2020 Lonely Planet. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails. (cost: €112.40) While it has sadly closed since we visited, there are several similar low-key options nearby. He moved with his family to France in 2014 after spending 15 years covering Silicon Valley for the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times. We walked past the soaring cross that is the monument to a community of Free Britons during World War II.As we reached the tip, the view became panoramic.

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