Sitting a little inland, on the north Breton coast known as the Cote de Granit Rose, is the little village of Pleumeur-Bodou. The village is part of the Lannion department and is well known for its menhir monuments and lovely pink-tinged coastline. Those looking to holiday here typically seek out one of the many holiday cottages found in the village, or scattered along scenic villages on the coastline. The self-catering accommodation in Pleumeur-Bodou is excellent, the Breton welcome heart-warming, and the area has become a beacon for those who love the great outdoors.
Tourists who are looking to spend their holidays in Pleumeur-Bodou are drawn by the coast's magnetic appeal. There are a great number of pure sandy coves and strands, flanked by gentle cliffs, that are perfect for rock-pooling, sun-bathing or messing about in the water. The lovely soft pink boulders and rock forms are also a local geological attraction. Additionally, there is much to do away from the coast - there are numerous paths running through the woods and fields, linking up the menhirs and other ancient standing stones. The village also boasts an excellent golf course and hotel at Golfhôtel de Saint-Samson, and there are sailing lessons available locally.
Those visitors planning to spend their holidays in Pleumeur-Bodou will find plenty of interesting attractions in the surrounding Cote de Granit Rose and Lannion areas. One of those that is right on the doorstop is the Ile Grand, a tidal island which can now be reached by road, or on foot if the tide is very low. Ancient and modern mix at the unique Cosmopolitie centre, which lies close by. There is a planetarium, the Planetarium de Bretagne, and a reconstructed Gallic village, both sharing the same site. And don't forget that in addition to the local menhirs, there are even more impressive monuments to be found in Carnac, on the other side of the Brittany peninsula.
The strong influence of the surrounding seas can be seen in the weather in Pleumeur-Bodou – it is quite often changeable, with sun or rain quickly succeeding each other. The climate as a whole is temperate, with summer temperatures topping 25°C. Because the area lies on an exposed northern coast, it is generally a little windier here than further inland and rain is regular feature, with over 20 inches of rain annually.
There are two main approaches to getting over to Brittany from the UK – air and sea. Most visitors choose a ferry to cross the Channel, either from Portsmouth to St Malo, or from Plymouth to Roscoff. This has the advantage of visitors being able to bring their cars and to reach their accommodation in Pleumeur-Bodou. But if speed is important, flying is a great option - from either Southampton (SOU) or Exeter (EXT), airports, you can fly with Flybe, and touch down in Rennes-Saint Jacques Airport (RNS).