With beautiful sandy beaches, prehistoric monuments, fishing villages and bustling markets, Quiberon (pronounced “Kibberon”) is a wonderful destination for a beach holiday.
When To Visit
Quiberon enjoys around 8 hours sunshine a day during the summer months; this is also the driest time of year. Daytime temperatures reach 22C/72F in July and August, dropping back to 20C/68F in September. The oceanic climate can be changeable and breezy, so pack a lightweight jacket.
Beaches for Everyone
Wherever you are on the Quiberon peninsula, a spit of land just 14 kilometres (8 miles) long and only 22 metres (72 feet) wide at its narrowest point, you are only a stone’s throw from the sea.
The sheltered bays near St-Pierre-Quiberon in the south are popular with swimmers and families with young children. To the north, the vast sandy beaches near Penthièvre are superb for horse riding, sand yachting and windsurfing.
The Grand Plage in Quiberon town has a boardwalk lined with boutiques and stands serving sweet and savoury crêpes — the local speciality — biscuits and salted caramels.
The Cote Sauvage, the wild coast, is best explored on foot or by bike: this is the rugged west of the peninsula, where dramatic cliffs are pounded by Atlantic waves.
Not To be Missed
The Neolithic site of Carnac lies just to the north: its rows of 3000 stones have astonished travellers for thousands of years.
Take a ferry to the island of Belle Ile and discover an array of wildflowers, pretty coves and restaurants serving some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste.
During the last week of July, Vannes hosts an open air jazz festival.
From 5-14 August, Lorient hosts the Interceltique Festival, an international celebration of Celtic music, dance and culture.
Where To Stay
Quiberon has a range of hotels and self-catering apartments to suit all budgets. The town gets busy during July and August so make your booking well in advance. Bed and Breakfast is a popular option, with prices from around £60 per night.
By car: Ferries run to St Malo and Roscoff. Many summer visitors park their cars at Quiberon’s main railway station and take the shuttle bus into town, as the two-lane road can get very busy in high season.
By train: the TGV runs from Paris Montparnasse to Auray, where you change to the local connection to Quiberon.