We have all been bitten by the SUP craze, we can’t get enough. Your world has been opened to all the possibilities of getting outside and paddling. Here is the guide to your perfect paddleboard holiday in France.
France has it all white sand, empty beaches, translucent seas. What is more that access to the beach is free, whether from a slipway or beach. Read more about your perfect Paddleboard Holiday in France. Barrachou Paddle is based on the North Finistere, We offer 5 night trips to explore the beautiful coastline that is the Cote des Legendes. Here is a sample itnerary!
Day 1: Guisseny
Arrival at 4pm at the Nodeven Holiday Village. This village is on Guisseny beach, which will give you direct access for individual paddle sessions! That evening we will share an evening bbq on site and some drinks before settling down for the night!
Day 2: Cote Des Legendes
Do you know the Cote des Legendes? It is unlikely this is a off the beaten track for most visitors. After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to some of most perfect beaches in France. White sandy beaches nestled between rocks, this is defintely an explorers place to paddle! After a picnic we will do a 2nd paddle of the day, or if you want we can do some snorkelling! Locations could include Pontsuval, Meneham or Ruduloc!
Day 3: Ile Vierge Lighthouse | Plouguerneau
Ile Vierge is found 500 m from Plouguerneau, Pays des Abers. Ile de Vierge is the island that is home to the Ile Vierge lighthouse the tallest stone lighthouse in Europe, it stands at 33 metres high. Ile Vierge is nestled amongst a small archipelago, which is semi exposed at low tide.
Our paddle trip starts at at Lilia, Plouguerneau. The small port town is lined with Fish restaurants and bars. Perfect for the post or pre session lunch, with the Oyster bar Le Gris or the Restaurant Castel A’ch being the top choices!
The paddle begins in the port after lunch, we will navigate past the local fishing boats docked in the small port, you will instantly seduced by serenity of the bay. The paddle route will take you over sea grass gardens, flowing sea weed, and of course the friendly basking seal!
Paddling to Ile Vierge will take 30 minutes, exploring the island is a must! Especially the famous new ecogite guest house.
The old lighthouse keepers house has been tastefully converted into a guest house to accommodate up to 9 guests. A climb to the stop of gite is a must! where you will experience the full panoramic view, and perfect at sunset with our SUP holiday Paddle and Stay package!
After experiencing the atmospheric Ile Vierge the journey continues to Stagadon. An offshore island found in the middle of the bay. A tidal lagoon which opens up at mid to low tide exposing water so translucent you would you think you were in the Caribbean.
Stagadon is owned by a charity, and there is a rustic hostel on the island that allows to fully embrace the Robinson Crusoe life! This island is only accessible by water, meaning that once the day trippers have left you have this island to yourself! We will spend the night in this hostel, it is rugid, but after a bbq, we can watch the sun set on the island!
Day 4: Stagadon and Free afternoon
After waking up and enjoying breafast we will paddle back to Plouguerneau and head back to the village. You will be free to explore the surrounding area by yourself, eith by foot, or a bike (bike hire is available in the guisseny).
The afternoon you will be free to explore the surrounding area by yourself, eith by foot, or a bike (bike hire is available in the guisseny). You can also try wingfoiling for extra cost, or go back snorkellin (extra)
Day 5: Last Paddle and Check out!
This day is the check out at 10am. We can arrange a last paddle at the plage des Amiets, one of the jewells in the crown for the area! This is a beach found on the way back to the ferry port (Roscoff)
Can you imagine your SUP holiday here? Well this is the time to get involved. Immerse yourself in the real France, and book a trip to North Finistere withus for prices starting at 600 euros per person for shared acommadation! The Holiday village is based on sharing, with 1 double room and a 4 singles. Each home comes with a kitchen, and an amazing swimming pool! We can provide SUP boards, paddles and pfds. The price includes breakfast, but not lunch or evening meal apart from the 1st night and the bbq on the island.
Traveling to Finistere
Ferry: Barrachou Paddle centre is in Guisseny. 30 minutes west of Roscoff. The ferry port that service Plymouth.
Remember its Plymouth, not Portsmouth!
Airport: Barrachou Paddle Centre is 20 minutes north of Brest Airport.
Flights leave from Southend Airport on Ryanair.