Discover the cap-frehel…
When you reach Cap Fréhel there is not much to see at first but all will soon be revealed and the magic will take hold.
Come on, move closer! Let yourself fall under the spell of the scenery and landscapes as they come into view. You’ll never tire of the views from Cap Fréhel, an expanse of sandstone cliffs towering 70 metres above the sea.
o When the weather is unsettled and your face is stung by the wind and sea spray, stand and watch the show – the waves smashing against the cliffs, menacing clouds giving way to sunny spells, and the sea changing colour in the blink of an eye, passing from blue-grey to green with all the shades in between.
o When the sun is out in early July, marvel at the pink sandstone cliffs and the 400 hectares of heathland with its flowering heather and gorse. Take in all of shades, a real-life colour chart that cannot be put into words. Add it to your list!
It is not surprising that Cap Fréhel heathland is one of the most visited sites in Brittany. Listed since 1967, the cape is protected and building is forbidden. You’ll understand why when you get there!
Le Cap-Fréhel, a natural and protected area
This protected natural site features diverse coastal environments where particularly special wildlife and plant life flourish, for instance samphire, sea holly, heather and gorse. The leaning tower-shaped rock at the foot of the cape is part of La Fauconnière bird reserve, the second largest reserve in Côtes d’Armor after the Sept-Îles, where hundreds of birds nest, including herring gulls, Northern fulmars, common murres, common cormorants and even razorbills.
Legend has it that the giant Gargantua was born in Plévenon and the rock which is now home to the bird reserve was a stone he found in his shoe!
Grand site Cap d’Erquy-Cap-Fréhel
Concealed under the bright plant cover lie rare and unique creatures with delightful names, such as the purseweb spider. Set out and learn more about this hidden biodiversity with a guide from the Grand Site Cap D’Erquy-Cap Fréhel.
- Dowload festivities about Grand Site Cap d’Erquy-Cap Fréhel
Programme des animations – Vacances de printemps
Programme des animations – Vacances d’été
Together, Cap d’Erquy and Cap Fréhel form a remarkable area in terms of landscape, nature and culture. They both bear the Sites Emblématiques and Grand Site landmark labels.
With 1.6 million tourists each year, it is important to strike a balance between the stream of visitors and conservation of the natural sites and their surroundings. “It is a joint project for local people and stakeholders to protect and promote the spirit of the capes” (Source : website www.grandsite-capserquyfrehel.com )
The Grand Site Cap D’Erquy-Cap Fréhel initiative should lead to a “Grand Site de France” label in 2019. A fine accolade for Cap d’Erquy and Cap Fréhel, which form part of Brittany’s outstanding landscape.
And we cannot speak of Cap Fréhel without mentioning its lighthouse, one of the top five most powerful in France. Its light, standing 100 metres high, travels 53 km out to sea.
Be sure to climb the 145 steps to its gallery deck and take in the panoramic view of the heathland, Fort La Latte and St. Malo harbour. It really is quite something!
Cap Fréhel, the place to be to watch the start of the Route Du Rhum.
Note down 4 November 2018 in your diaries.
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum.
This legendary single-handed transatlantic yacht race is held every four years between St. Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.