A quick ride from Ploubazlanec down to the coast to 15 minute ferry journey to the charming island of Brehat with its wonderful beaches, coves and granite coastline.
An out-and-back ride from Ploubazlanec centre to reach the port at L-Arcouest from where you can get the ferry to Ile de Brehat, approximately ~4 km long. If you wish to take your bike and cycle on the island then you must leave on the 0930 ferry and return on the 1600 ferry. Alternatively, leave your bikes at the port and enjoy a relaxing day exploring Brehat’s coastline pick up a leaflet at the ticket office which has some walk suggestions, or hire a bike when there if you change your mind. A direct return trip to the island costs €10.30 at the time of writing (a tour around the island costs €16). After a day on the little island of Brehat return to L-Arcouest and pedal back to Ploubazlanec.
The island of Brehat is well worth a visit; the unusual granite boulders and scenery is beautiful, there are some cafes and restaurants on the island, trails to wander, and lovely stone cottages littering the island.
The route is largely on marked cycle routes, so when cycling on the road please beware of traffic and cycle on the right-hand side of the road if there is no cycle lane. Whilst drivers in France are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions. Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer. Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.
Points of Interest
Ile de Brehat
The island of Brehat is just a mile off the coast and with 400 inhabitants (2011). The island is actually composed of two small islands linked by a bridge, surrounded by a number of smaller islands and collectively known as the Brehat archipelago. The islands seem to have a warmer microclimate compared to the mainland and on the southern island especially you will see an abundance of tropical plant species; Brehat is sometimes called the island of flowers by the locals.
Ferry – Vedettes de Brehat
The ferry from L-Arcouest Port to Ile de Brehat runs almost hourly through the high season between April- Sept. You can find the timetable on their website following this link: http://www.vedettesdebrehat.com/-Traversee-directe-ile-de-Brehat-15-.
PLEASE NOTE: Crossing with a bike is limited to departing on the 0930 sailing and returning on the 1600 sailing. This restriction is in operation throughout the year. You can tie up your bike at the port and enjoy and relaxed day on the island – it’s only ~4 km long.
Food & Drink
At the port across to the island of Brehat there is a creperie and a Best Western hotel, but it’s waiting until after the crossing to sample some ice cream on the island. There is a little row of cafes, creperies and restaurants on the island’s port. Make sure to take plenty of water for the day.