Plouha and its cliffs, one of the most beautiful sites in the Côtes d’Armor Labelled as a Green Resort. Visit Plouha “Falaises d’Armor, recharge your batteries between Land and Sea”.
Plouha is a charming commune with an exceptional natural heritage, located in the Pays du Goëlo between Paimpol and Saint Brieuc.
The highest cliffs in Brittany are in Plouha, one of the most beautiful sites in Brittany: 14 km of wild coastline, they offer an exceptional panorama of the Bay of Saint Brieu.
By taking the GR 34 near the camping in Plouha, from the Bréhec cove to the Palus beach, you will witness the phenomenal meeting between land and sea. The cliffs are home to numerous colonies of seabirds that come to nest on the vertiginous cliffs.
During your walk near the camping on the Emerald Coast, you will pass along magnificent beaches: Bréhec, Bonaparte, Port Moguer, the beach of Palus and not forgetting the small Port of Gwin Zegal.
Idea for a route, to take full advantage of this beautiful coastline offered by the small commune of Plouha a stone’s throw from our camping on the Pink Granite Coast.
For the record, it is from this beach, now classified as a “High Place of the French Resistance”, that 135 people were repatriated to England (called: Shelburn network). Between January and August 1944, 135 American and Canadian airmen (including Jane Birkin’s father, a commander in the Royal Navy), whose planes were shot down, as well as secret agents were transported to this beach without the knowledge of the Nazi occupiers.
Before embarkation, 20 to 25 airmen were grouped together in the house (code name: “Maison d’Alphonse”) where Marie and Jean Gicquel lived (near the Saint Samson chapel), then transported by night, over the moor, by Plouhatins smugglers. A commemorative plaque indicates the location of Alphone’s house, burnt down by the Germans. A path leads to the beach. Unfortunately, 23 members of the network paid with their lives, their courage.
A commemorative stele recalls this period of our history.
To learn more, the film “Le réseau Shelburn” directed by Nicolas Guillou, is dedicated to the Shelburn resistance network, released in cinemas on 5 October 2019.
The Gwin Zegal anchorage is one of the very last of this type still in activity, which is why it is regularly the subject of television reports (Des Racines et des Ailes, Thalassa…).
The tourist office offers many nature-themed outings. Supervised by professionals, they allow you to discover unsuspected treasures: outing to discover seaweed with Algues Armoriques, outing “Discovering the fauna and flora of the Cliffs” in the company of the Coastal Conservator, fishing for sand eels, geology outing “Anse de Bréhec a small Breton colorado”…