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The Pointe du Raz

The Pointe du Raz

Come and tread the ground of one the most famous sites in the west: France’s Land’s End. Fill your lungs with fresh sea air and admire a landscape that might well take that breath away…

This coastal point with its steep and jagged 70-metre cliffs stands testament to the force of the elements. And what can we say about the views? Opposite you’ll see the waters known as the Raz de Sein (with the Phare de la Vieille and Phare de Tévennec lighthouses, the Île de Sein 8km away) and far off in the distance, the famous Ar Men lighthouse, the best-known and the furthest from the French coast, a triumph of engineering that took 34 years to build.

To either side, there’s Audierne Bay, the Bay of the Departed, the Pointe du Van, Douarnenez Bay and the Cap de la Chèvre, from where the semaphore and the statue ‘Our Lady of the Drowned Souls’ keep watch over the water.

Near the Pointe du Raz, there are several shops and restaurants.
The Visitor Centre, which has a 100-seater screening room and exhibition hall, informs visitors about the rich natural environment here, raising awareness of its fragile nature as well as its countless attractions.

Getting to the Pointe du Raz

By car

The N165 Nantes > Brest motorway (toll-free) brings you to the area of the Cap Sizun, the very tip of Brittany where you’ll find the Pointe du Raz. Exit at Quimper and take the D765, then the D784 signed to Audierne and the Pointe du Raz (in the town of Plogoff). The route is well signposted.

  • from Quimper: 36 km
  • from Rennes: 230 km
  • from Nantes: 250 km
  • from Paris: 630 km
  • from Lyon: 930 km
  • from Bordeaux: 650 km

By public transport

The local public transport network ‘Penn Ar Bed’ offers various bus connections from Quimper to the Pointe du Raz, all year round. Take a look at the timetables online with VIAOO www.viaoo29.fr or call 00+33 (0) 810 810 029 (French-speaking service).

For the Pointe du Raz, the bus route is 53B Quimper - (Pointe Du Raz) Audierne - Quimper.
You can pick up the bus at the bus station, which is just near the train station.
Tickets cost 2€ each way per person.

Guided visits on the Pointe du Raz

There is a guided-visit service at the Pointe du Raz to help visitors discover this space between land and sea.
The natural environment is protected by way of specific footpaths as well as replanting and careful conservation.

Don’t miss…

Look out for the aptly-named Bay of the Departed (Baie des Trépassés), a long, wild and magnificent beach that is utterly exposed to the winds and therefore somewhat dangerous yet irresistible for surfers. This bay stretches between the Pointe du Raz and its sister, the Pointe du Van (which rises up 65m), and it is topped by Saint-They Chapel. Here, you’ll be impressed by the sense of wilderness, exposure, huge rocks and coastal vegetation.

Worth knowing: the GR34 coastal path, which is almost like a balcony over the sea, takes you from one point to the other, offering some incredible views, showing the landscape from a whole range of ever-changing angles.

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