Each season has its own painting
In turbulent weather,
where wind and spray "slap" you, it's a real spectacle that is offered to you: a rough sea that slams against the cliffs, dark weather then a clearing and a sea that changes color almost on demand: sometimes blue- grey, sometimes green with gradients and shades.
In spring and summer
the pink sandstone of the cliffs presents itself to you accompanied by its 400Ha of moor and heather in bloom.
You then attend a festival of colors, a real color chart that cannot be described.
It's up to you to get there!
Cap Fréhel, unique landscapes protected and labeled Grand Site de France
Cap Fréhel associated with Cap d'Erquy presents a remarkable territory from a landscape, natural and cultural point of view. They have been recognized as "emblematic sites" by the General Council of Côtes d'Armor and then "Grand Site".
With 1.6 million visitors each year, you have to know how to reconcile the large flow of visitors and the preservation of natural sites and their environment. “It is a joint project in favor of the inhabitants and local actors, to preserve and enhance the spirit of the caps” (Source: Website www.grandsite-capserquyfrehel.com)
Anxious to protect these natural riches as exceptional as they are fragile, the actors of the territory have been working for more than 30 years to reconcile visitor reception and preservation. On Cap Fréhel, the retreat of the car park and the reconquest of these spaces by the moor, the development of cycle paths, or even the restoration of the moors thanks to eco-grazing are some concrete examples.
These actions were rewarded by obtaining the prestigious and demanding Grand Site of France label. This is awarded by the Ministry of Ecological Transition only to totally or partially classified sites and for a period of 6 years. In September 2019, the territory of the Erquy and Fréhel caps thus became the 19th Grand Site of France!
Getting to Cap Fréhel
On vacation, slow down the pace to make the most of the landscapes crossed. Leave the car in the car park and get around on foot, by bike or by bus!
By bus or shuttle, direct lines take you to Cap Fréhel all summer long!
- From Saint-Brieuc or Saint-Cast Le Guildo with the line BREIZHGO 2.
- From Dinan, with the free shuttle DINAMO SUMMER 1
By bike on the Caps road
The Vélomaritime - EuroVelo 4 makes it possible to reach Cap Fréhel and reach various tourist sites:
- Sables-d'Or-les-Pins - Cap Fréhel: 9.5 km
- Plévenon - Cap Fréhel: 4.5 km
- Cap d'Erquy - Cap Fréhel: 18 km
All information and steps on www.lavelomaritime.fr
Cycling is prohibited on the coastal path (GR34) and on the tip of Cap Fréhel. Dedicated spaces allow bicycles to be parked in the Cap Fréhel car park.Bike rental services near Cap Fréhel:
on foot, all roads lead to Cape Town….
Some indicative distances and durations for a walker performing 4 km/h (one way only):
From the town of Plévenon, take rue du Pont Tirant (on the left after the town hall): 4.5 km, around 1h15
By the coast, following the GR 34, enjoy magnificent views from:
• Sables-d'Or-les-Pins: 11.5 km, about 2h30
• Fort La Latte: 4.5 km, about 1h15
• Pléhérel Beach: 6.5 km, about 1h45
• Port à la Duc: 12.5 km, about 3h15
by car, motorhome or taxi
Park in dedicated places to enjoy your visit more serenely
• In the village of Plévenon (4.5 km from Cap Fréhel): 3 free car parks (place de la Liberation, tourist office car park and la
• On the road (C8) between Cap Fréhel and Fort La Latte, free seasonal parking (July and August only).
• At Cap Frehel : paid parking from 8 a.m. to 20 p.m. (time clock – bank card or €1 or €2 coins only), by 3-hour periods, every
days of the year (€3 for a car, €5 for a motorhome, €15 for coaches). Parking is free if you have a PMR card or if you come by motorbike. An annual pass is available for sale in the town hall of Plévenon.
By paying for the car park, you contribute to the preservation of the site!
Staying in a motorhome: an equipped area near Cape Town
Motorhomes, an area including all the necessary services is available at the exit of Plévenon in the direction of Cap Fréhel. You can then reach the cape on foot or by bike (4.5 km).
Camping is prohibited in the Cap Fréhel car park, in the Cap Fréhel seasonal car park, on the sides of the C8 road and in the town.
The taxi, a good way to get to different places without worrying about parking!
• Arvorek Taxis - 06 16 97 53 06
• Taxis du Cap – 02 96 72 32 32 (Erquy) / 02 96 41 40 09 (Fréhel, Plévenon, Sables-d'Or-les-Pins, Saint-Cast Le Guildo)
Pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable users, let's be vigilant, let's share the road!
Discover Cap Fréhel
* Two walking loops are achievable on the tip of the cape:
• Loop 1: about 1 km and 30 min walk
• Loop 2: about 2 km and 1 hour walk
Disabled : access to the lighthouse is possible thanks to a small path that connects the car park to the old road leading to the lighthouse. On the other hand, the paths between the lighthouse and the tip are not suitable for wheelchairs. They remain accessible but difficult to navigate (8% slope and stony paths) for other people with reduced mobility.
Respect the markings of the various paths: they prevent trampling of the moor and thus allow the regeneration of this fragile and protected habitat.
With a nature guide
This natural and protected site is home to a diversity of coastal environments where an original and specific fauna and flora are born, live and develop there: glasswort, thistle, heather, gorse... The rock (shape of a leaning tower) at the bottom of the Cap is a part of the ornithological reserve of La Fauconnière, the second reserve of the Côtes d'Armor after the Sept-Îles, where hundreds of birds nest such as the herring gull, the Northern fulmar, the Guillemot, the crested cormorants or even the penguins.
Hidden in its multicolored plant cover, a rare and singular fauna develops there with sometimes funny names like the sock tarantula.
Discover this discreet biodiversity accompanied by a guide from the Grand Site Cap D'Erquy-Cap Fréhel.
Cap Fréhel lighthouse
We cannot talk about Cap Fréhel without mentioning its lighthouse, one of the 5 most powerful lighthouses in France. Its lantern located more than 100 m above sea level carries 53 km.
Do not hesitate to climb the 145 steps to reach its gallery and enjoy a panorama of the moor, Fort La Latte and the harbor of Saint-Malo. It is simply exceptional!
Cap Fréhel is one of the most exceptional ornithological sites in France. The associative ornithological reserve of La Fauconnière, recognized as being of national interest and managed by Bretagne Vivante, welcomes, each year between February and July, 8 species of birds during the time of their reproduction. Each species has its preferences and settles on the cliff according to its orientation and shape.Did you know?
According to legend, Gargantua was born in Plévenon, and the rock where the ornithological reserve is located is a pebble he had in his shoe.
Position yourself at the level of La Fauconnière, on the belvedere facing the islets and observe!
the best times to visit Cap Fréhel
A place of great renown, Cap Fréhel welcomes many visitors every year, and especially in summer.
To appreciate its grandiose landscapes in the best conditions, choose these 3 visiting times:
- Before 11:30 a.m.
- Between 12:30 p.m. and 14 p.m.
- After 17 p.m.