Brittany from port to port 1

The Breton coast by bike: from Saint-Malo to Paimpol

Highlights

Closest to the sea at every stage
Saint-Malo, its old town and its port
Cape Frehel and Fort la Latte
The charming ports: Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Binic, Erquy, Paimpol

The history of the trip

Brittany from port to port is the first trip created and organized by Abicyclette, in 2010. It was imagined like a sea cruise: try never to take our eyes off the sea! We use a maximum of small roads to stay closer to the coast. The circuit benefits each year from the improvements made and takes advantage of the new cycling facilities (greenways), which have developed particularly since the launch of the Tour de Manche in 2013. Some of the accommodations of this stay have not changed since its creation. They are part of the history of the journey and testify to many experiences and encounters. Brittany from port to port is a classic for all lovers of the sea and Brittany.

Chapter 1

Discover the Breton ports and their life. From Saint-Malo, a commercial port and an old privateer port, to Paimpol, a fishing port specialized in scallops.

From the great fortress of Saint-Malo to Paimpol, you will stop at the most typical Breton ports on the north coast. Fishing port or marina, the warm atmosphere of the cities of the sea will allow you find true moments of fulfillment. Cape Fréhel, the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, the tip of the Arcouest, so many places where nature will reveal its most beautiful colors. The yellow of the brooms (Genista), the pink of the heather (Calluna) and the granite, the emerald blue of the sea, the green of the ferns … They mix to offer a living landscape, invigorating where one simply feels well.

Sailors, privateers, buccaneers … embark on this cruise of multiple treasures. Gourmet, historical, geographical, musical, folkloric, these are the treasures that will make your wealth. Crêpes & galettes, seafood, fish and other local specialties will generously garnish your plates to reward your effort.

 

Brittany from port to port, a journey in chapters that continues …

Chapter 2 (7 days): The Pink Granite Coast

Chapter 3 (7 days): The Lighthouse Circuit

Niveau LeisureLeisure ou Niveau FitFit
Day 1

FROM SAINT-MALO, SAINT-SULNIAC LOOP 35km Niveau Loisir

Welcome to Saint-Malo.

  • Meeting with our guide between 9:00 to 19:00
  • If you arrive before 14:00, you can ride a first loop.

Today this first itinerary brings you to discover one of the most beautiful villages in France: Saint-Suliac. Initially in the Malouine countryside, you will enjoy the banks of the Rance, a beautiful river that pushes its strength of the tides. The water offers a wonderful spectacle when the setting sun is reflected and return its light on its banks and the stones of the village of Saint-Suliac

Day 2

From SAINT-MALO to SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO 40km 355m Niveau Loisir

You will leave the corsair city by the sea! At the foot of the ramparts, board your bikes on the water bus that lead you to Dinard. City of Art and History, Dinard will surprise and impress you with its beautiful nineteenth century villas. You will then set out again along the coast to reach the cities of Saint-Lunaire and Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, two seaside towns with cut-off shores where sandy beaches and rocky peaks are set against each other. From the peninsula of Saint-Jacut-sur-Mer, you will visualize the rest of the course which will take you by the coastal road to the second stage, on the commune of Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, ideally located between the imposing cliffs of Cap Fréhel and the Corsair City.

  • For a few more km 44km 425m Niveau Forme
Day 3

From SAINT-CAST-LE-GUILDO to ERQUY 38km 400m Niveau Loisir

You will leave Saint-Cast for a breath of fresh air on a summit of the Breton coast, Cape Fréhel and its fragmented cliff which regularly undergoes the attacks of a capricious sea. The benefit is also to admire an exceptional site which culminates at approximately 70m above a sea which, when it is calm, is adorned with a beautiful blue hue tinged with emerald. Going back on the road, you will pass the town of Les Sables d’Or Pins, which, as its name suggests, shines thanks to its sandy beaches. The town of Erquy welcomes you to its fishing port. How good it is to stroll during the arrival of fish and scallops.

Day 4

From ERQUY to SAINT-BRIEUC 31km 280m Niveau Loisir

The rest of the tour will take you to discover one of the most important production sites of European bouchon mussels, which integrates itself perfectly into the landscape offered by the Saint-Brieuc Bay. The end of the day requires a final effort to reach the top of the city of Saint-Brieuc. You will take the route of the remnants of the glorious little train of the Côtes du Nord.

  • For a few more km 45km 550m Niveau Forme
Day 5

From SAINT-BRIEUC to SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX 35km 450m Niveau Loisir

Along the coast of Penthièvre cut and hammered by the incessant chisels of the tides, you will crisscross small roads that take you to the ports of Binic and Saint-Quay-Portrieux. These are specialized in scallop fishing and offer beautiful activities that you can enjoy.

Day 6

From SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX to PAIMPOL 30km 420m Niveau Loisir

The path takes you on the scenic route to the steep cliffs of Plouha. A most enjoyable way to admire the beauties that the Channel offers you. The end of the route takes you to the remains of the Abbey of Beauport and the port of Paimpol where you can enjoy, as did sailors of old, shelter and a well deserved rest!

  • For a few more km 47km 580m Niveau Forme
Day 7

FROM PAIMPOL, LOGUIVY LOOP 25km 250m Niveau Loisir

This bike loop will allow you to discover the Trieux, a powerful river that has drawn an extraordinary landscape. You will go to the charming and typical of northern Brittany little port of Loguivy.

By another road

PAIMPOL, BOUCLE DE PONTRIEUX 43km 350m Niveau Loisir

You can ride your bike to Pontrieux, another small town of character, also known for maintaining and flowering the old wash houses bordering the Trieux river which runs through the town.

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example

Starting from 700€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


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Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

 

On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Vélo enfant 24 pouces

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Saint-Malo, « the corsaire city », Ille & Vilaine (35)

 

Saint-Malo by car

From Rennes on the N137 (75km 1h)

From Paris on the A13 puis A84 (400km 4h)

From Lyon on theA71 (805km 7h40)

From Bordeaux on the A10 and A83 (540km 5h10)

Saint-Malo by train*

TGV train station in Saint-Malo (from Paris : 2H50)

Return: TER train station in Paimpol

 

Saint-Malo by plane*

Airport in Rennes

Airport in Dinard

* Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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