Located on the banks of the Jaudy river, the picturesque town of Tréguier emerges like a historic jewel in the heart of Brittany. Boasting a rich history, charming cobbled streets and a welcoming atmosphere, Tréguier embodies the very essence of Brittany, harmoniously blending history, culture and natural beauty. This authentic town offers visitors the opportunity to delve into the past whilst appreciating the dynamism of contemporary life, making Tréguier a must-see for those looking to discover the beating heart of Brittany and more precisely this inland part from the Côtes d’Armor department. Apart from this, you would get here more suggestions to entertain your Breton journey, with wild seascapes and even a glance of local gastronomy, such as a craft distillery. By AP
In fact, Tréguier invites you to immerse yourself into its medieval universe, nestled in the heart of the Côtes d’Armor department, seduces visitors thanks to a certain historic charm and picturesque atmosphere (photo credits: AP).
This small town, located on the banks of the Jaudy river, offers a captivating dive into Breton history and culture. From there, you are invited to wander through the narrow and cobbled streets, offering a true immersion in the past, displaying a living canvas of half-timbered houses, artisan shops and quaint cafes.
Dominating the panorama of Tréguier, the Saint-Tugdual Cathedral immediately attracts attention, majestically perched on the Place du Martray, is the architectural emblem of Tréguier. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this Gothic masterpiece bears witness to the religious influence that marked the region. Visitors can admire its exceptional remarkable architecture, with its stained glass windows and a peaceful cloister, where a genuine serenity emanates from this place steeped in history. Thus, feel free to soak up the town‘s timeless charm, from the Place du Martray, bustling with small markets and cultural events, is the vibrant heart of the local community.
Tréguier is also associated with the famous writer Ernest Renan, a native personality of the region. By the way, the Ernest Renan‘s native house was transformed into a museum, offers a fascinating insight into the life and work of this 19th century intellectual character.
Therefore, literature lovers can explore the environment that inspired some of Ernest Renan‘s deepest thoughts. The banks of the Jaudy river offer an enchanting natural setting for leisurely walks along the quays, where even colorful fishing boats add a picturesque touch to the landscape.
Tréguier tourist office, Rue Marcellin Berthelot, Port de plaisance, 22220 Tréguier (France) / Phone : 00 33 (0)2 96 92 22 33. More information on their official website.
If you wish tasting some local delights, we invite you to have a break at L’Auberge du Tregor. Indeed, this typical inn, founded in 1989 by the Turpault couple, proposes the most emblematic regional specalities, served in a rustic framework. After entering this vintage setting, you can be sure to savor seasonal ingredients, cooked with great care. Therefore, why not starting your meal, with a homemade foie gras or some cheese salad? Before eventually pursuing with a delicious cod gratin à la Paimpolaise or with a duck leg confit. Don’t ever leave this restaurant without tasting the authentic farz buen with apples and a caramel sauce, unless you prefer the creamy chocolate cake with faisselle.
Nature lovers can also explore the surrounding coastal paths, offering breathtaking views of the sea, beyond the Breton countryside. This is notably the case of the Gouffre de Plougrescant, located on the northern coast of Brittany, is a natural wonder that attracts visitors from all over the World. This spectacular geological formation is characterized by its steep cliffs and towering boulders that stretch majestically along the Atlantic Ocean. This sinkhole is particularly notable because of its massive fissure, creating a spectacular opening into the rocks. The isolated location of the Gouffre de Plougrescant adds to its mystical charm. Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness, this place offers a tranquil escape for those seeking for a natural beauty and serenity.
Therefore, visitors can stroll along coastal paths, admire the local wildlife and enjoy the soothing murmur of waves, permanently crashing against the cliffs. The geology of the Gouffre de Plougrescant is notably fascinating with endless rock layers, unveiling the complex geological history of this wild zone.
This structure provides to geologists and nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity for exploration and soil analysis. Thus, those rock formations express many millions of years old, a silent testimony to the constant evolution of our Planet. This is why the Conservatoire du Littoral which takes care of this fragile nature, around the Gouffre de Plougrescant proposes to immerse yourself into those steeped territories, in local legends and folklore, thanks to guided visits.
Maison du Littoral, Castel Meur, Site du Gouffre 22820 Plougrescant (France) / Phone: 00 33 (0)2 96 92 58 35. More information on their official website.
Not far from Tréguier, don’t miss to have a stop at the Ar Roc’h distillery. This independent structure, located in La Roche Jaudy, created in 2019 by Sébastien Famel, conveys a new way of Breton distillation art, standing out with original eaux-de-vie recipes and an authentic family spirit.
This sort of epicurean sanctuary invites tradition to meet innovation in order to create unique spirits, imbued with distinctive natural essence from the region. Founded on the banks of the Trieux river, this artisanal distillery has built a solid reputation for producing spirits of exceptional quality.
The distillery is particularly distinguished by its ingenious use of local ingredients, starring golden wheat fields, algae and random aromatic herbs which are carefully selected to create a palette of authentic homemade spirits.
That’s why we invite you to discover they wide selection of gins, rums and other liquors, all tainted with the spirit of Breton lands. A good way to capture the very essence of this region, rich in history and traditions. Among the other novelties of the Ar Roc’h distillery, a new workshop has been launched to create your own gin. Based on a session of 3 hours, you’re invited to compose your own blend, full of the favorite local ingredients and notes you opt for and bring back home for more intimate moments.