© Alexandre Lamoureux
© Alexandre Lamoureux
© Alexandre Lamoureux

The wild dunes of Gâvres in Quiberon

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From Gâvres to Quiberon, explore the largest agglomeration of dunes in Brittany. Treat yourself to an enchanted break in the heart of nature to recharge your batteries.

An exceptional and renowned natural area, the Grand site de France from the wild dunes of Gâvres to Quiberon is an area of 25 kilometres of dunes without no urbanisation. Every summer, outings and activities are offered to discover the secrets of the Breton dunes. Let us guide you through this rare, complex and fragile environment, in the company of a professional organiser. Through these guided walks, experience privileged moments at one with nature.

Erdeven dunes

What do the wild dunes look like?

The site includes seven municipalities: Gâvres, Plouhinec, Etel, Erdeven, Plouharnel, Saint-Pierre Quiberon and Quiberon. It is characterised by its large expanses of non-urbanised sand, with open views of either the ocean or the hinterland. What a pleasure to admire a natural theatre where the elements of nature express themselves with full force!

This landscape of endless wild dunes is home to ecosystems of varied fauna and flora. Nearly 700 plant species, including 80 protected species, have been listed on the site, namely, more than a third of the Armorican flora. Come and observe its biodiversity or simply enjoy the fine sandy beaches that surround it.

Côte sauvage Quiberon

Grand Site de France certified wild dunes

In December 2018, the Dunes Sauvages de Gâvres in Quiberon were awarded the French national label Grand Site de France, which recognises the exemplary and protective management of an emblematic site of our country. In fact, for years, the site has been the subject of integrated developments for facilitating access to the beaches and awareness-raising actions have been implemented to protect fragile areas. It is the 2nd natural site in Brittany - with Pointe du Raz - to benefit from the Grand site de France label.

Good to know: the Gâvres Quiberon dune agglomeration and the Bay of Quiberon are also part of the European Natura 2000 sites.

Côte sauvage rando

Découvrez les dunes à pied ou à vélo

De la Presqu’île de Quiberon à Erdeven, découvrez en toute sécurité les paysages du Grand Site de France en sillonnant la voie verte. Longez la Côte Sauvage de la presqu’île de Quiberon avant de rejoindre le plus vaste massif dunaire de Bretagne. Passez devant le fort de Penthièvre, au milieu des dunes du Bégo et au cœur du village traditionnel de Sainte Barbe. Profitez également des plages d’Erdeven et d’Etel.

Randonnez également sur le GR 34 à travers les chemins de l’arrière-pays, entre mégalithes et petits villages bretons. Vues fantastiques sur la mer, paysage exceptionnel à chaque pas, souffle vivifiant du grand large…Les sentiers côtiers vous offrent des instants magiques à travers dunes et plages de sable fin

Et comme la préservation de ce patrimoine écologique exceptionnel est l’affaire de tous, ne cueillez pas de plantes de dunes et restez sur les cheminements qui vous sont proposés.

Discover the dunes on foot or by bike

From the Quiberon Peninsula to Erdeven, discover the landscapes of the Grand Site de France in complete safety by traversing the green route. Walk along the Wild Coast of the Quiberon peninsula before reaching the largest dune agglomeration in Brittany. Walk past the fort of Penthièvre, in the middle of the dunes of Bego and int the heart of the traditional village of Sainte Barbe. Make the most of the beaches of Erdeven and Etel.

Also hike on the GR 34 through the hinterland paths, between megaliths and small Breton villages. Fantastic views of the sea, exceptional scenery at every step of the way, with an invigorating breeze from the open sea... These coastal paths offer you magical moments with its dunes and fine sandy beaches.

And since the preservation of this exceptional ecological heritage is everyone's business, do not pick dune plants and keep within the marked paths.

Discover wild landscapes and live this unique experience between immensity and contemplation in the heart of a Great Site de France!

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