Armor is the name the Ancient Gauls gave the coastal region. This word means “the land neighbouring the sea”, in contrast to “Arogat”, which means “the inland country”. The department of the Côtes d’Armor, where our hotel is located, is located 1 hour 15 minutes from Rennes and 2 hours 15 minutes from Nantes. For a weekend, a week or more, the Hôtel Ker Moor Préférence in Saint Brieuc Bay is the perfect pied-à-terre (or rather the ideal “pieds dans l’eau” hotel) for discovering this department, truly the very best of Brittany.
To the west, Ploumanac’h (voted France’s favourite village in 2015) and the Pink Granite Coast with Perros Guirec harbour many secrets and legends highlighted in the form of spectacular architectural buildings. A few kilometres away, pretty Paimpol with its Abbaye de Beauport is a town made famous during the 19th century by Théodore Bortel and his song “La Paimpolaise” and particularly known as the place where fishermen trawling for cod in Newfoundland and Iceland were from. A bit further, the Pointe de l”Arcouest acts as the embarkation point for the Île de Bréhat (10 minutes by boat).
East of the department and an hour away from the hotel, the Cap Fréhel is one of the most grandiose sites in Brittany. With cliffs rising around 70 m above the sea, enjoy an impressive view point as you wander the GR34 footpath and, on a clear day, you may even spot Jersey and the Channel Islands. Nearby, the impressive Fort-la-Latte, a 14th century feudal castle built from pink sandstone, is open for visits seasonally and offers numerous activities. Also not to be missed is Erquy, a highly active seaside town with its port and 7 beaches.
Inland, the Château de la Roche Jagu from the 15th century and overlooking the Vallée de Trieux is a must-visit place on the Côtes d’Armor. In the quaint town of Pontrieux, just 30 minutes from the hotel, discover arts and crafts with artists using leather and glass, or specialising in painting and sculpture. You’ll also be able to admire the old and equally famous washhouses there during a boat trip with guided tour with commentary along the River Trieux. Further away, wander the streets of Guingamp, an historic town full of sites where heritage and nature combine to create outstanding moments.