Forte la Latte
Fort la latte is a 13th century castle on the Cote d’Émeraude. The castle was the location for the 1958 film ‘The Vikings’, with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. The final fight scene between them was filmed on top of the tower. I can affirm the tower is quite steep, which makes the scene all that more impressive.
Fort la Latte is situated a little off the beaten track, but is popular with tourists. The car park may not be suitable for larger units, particularly when it is busy, so arriving early is recommended.
This castle is really quiet impressive and well maintained. If you are in the area, go and visit, it is a great way is spend a sunny afternoon in Brittany.
I stumbled upon the Aires in Erquy, mainly because it was just around the coast from Fort la Latte. The Aires is next to the beach and as usual, an early arrival is recommended. It costs €6/24 hours and services are available.
From the Aires it is short bike ride over the headland to the town. It is in easy walking distance, but the path is steep in places. The views along the coast and beach are fantastic and worth a few minutes to stop and take it in.
The beach is magnificent, especially at sunset. Sitting outside with a glass of wine and watching the sun go down is a fine way to spend an evening.
I loved my stay in Erquy, because of its proximity to the beach and the numbers of spaces available, the Aires is one of my favourites. I will certainly be coming back.
Trégastel and Ploumanac’h
The coast between Paimpol and Trébeurden is known as the Cote de Granit Rose, so named because of the colour of the numerous rocks found along the coast. The best examples of these rock formations can be found in the Trégastel and Ploumanac’h area.
I stayed at Camping Tourony, as usual, I just turned up and as expected pitches were available. The site was close to the coastal path, but it was useful to explore by cycle. Going off the beaten track meant that I was pushing the bike just as often as I was riding it, but it was great fun, travelling among the rocks.
This part of Brittany is quite unique. I enjoyed exploring the coastline, there were plenty of paths to follow and cycling was easy. Finding secluded beaches in which to hold up and go for a dip in the sea was simply a joy.
After a few days here, it was time to head south and explore the rest of Brittany, from pink colour rocks to moss covered boulders, my next destination was the forêt de Huelgoat.
I was heading for Quimper and my route took me through the Parc naturel régional d’Armorique. I was particularly drawn towards the forêt de Huelgoat and the huge mossy covered boulders strewn across the landscape. The forest has the remnants of a hillfort, that has acquired links to the Arthurian legend. The forest is ideal for walking and cycling, and has several established routes that can be followed. The views along the way are simply breath taking.
There is an Aires just outside the village, but as this was just a stopover, I didn’t stay longer than a few hours. My next stop was Quimper, but more about that next time…