Pointe du Raz – Cap Sizun

A short distance from our holiday houses Ty Traez and Ty Bili, the Pointe du Raz is one of the mythic sites in France. Penn ar Bed signifies the beginning or end of the world in Breton, and on a stormy day  in the middle of winter it is easy to imagine the literal sense of the meaning. Many locals make the pilgrimage to witness the large crashing waves and a wildness that blows away all the cranky cobwebs that might have arisen from too many days spent indoors. This dramatic stretch of coastline is one of the Grand Sites of France and encompasses the equally remarquable Point du Van with its cliff top Chapelle de They, and the oh so beautiful beach of the Baie de Trepasses. Given the astounding natural beauty, one might imagine that the area is a tourist trap and the path so well trodden that it is hard to find that feeling of wilderness, but aside from the thin strip of concrete which renders the Pointe du Raz accessible to all, and the few low key shops and restaurants in the visitor centre, you only have to venture 50m to the left or right to regain that feeling that you are discovering a new and unspoilt world. The area is a paradise for walkers, the GR34 runs uninterrupted the whole length of the coast of the Cap Sizun; for cyclists, with networks of small quiet roads and cycle paths, and nature lovers who come to admire the flora and fauna. The wide sandy beach of the Baie de Trepasses is a well appreciated surf spot, and many of our guests enjoy coming here to boogie board, watch the sun go down over the Ile de Sein, or even keep their eyes out for the occasional dolphin.

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