The park protects a mosaic of landscapes from heather clad moorland, mysterious forests, granite tors, a marine park and rugged coasts.
We invite you to discover just a few of the treasures of this very special area.
The Monts d’Arrée are the highest and oldest hills in Brittany. Some might accuse the locals of a slight exaggeration as they are not exactly mountains in size, nevertheless they provide striking scenery and outstanding views.
Consisting of high open moorland (landes) and peat marshes (tourbières), the Monts d’Arrée run roughly east/west, forming the heart of the Armorican Regional Park. On the one of the hills is a tall signals mast, visible for miles around. The mast was subject to an attack in 1974 by the FLB, a Breton separatist movement. Nearby Roc’h Ruz has recently been established as the highest point at 385.01 m, though the debate with regards to the highest point in Brittany rumbles on.
La presqu'île de Crozon juts out into the Atlantic Ocean like a misshapened finger. The peninsula offers contrasting landscapes, marked by the gentle southern beaches and the wilderness of the dramatic cliffs to the west and north.
Pinewoods offer a southern feel, complemented by many hidden coves and sandy beaches, just waiting to be discovered. The countryside, characterised by stone walls and thickets is largely agricultural.
Menez Hom, which dominates the skyline at the eastern end of the peninsular, is worth a little diversion from the main route to Camaret-sur-Mer. You can drive straight to the top of the "mountain" from where you will discover unforgettable views over the purple heather along the spine of the Crozon peninsula towards the sea and also uninterrupted views inland towards the Aulne Valley and beyond.
The north coast of the Crozon peninsular is bordered by the Rade de Brest. The Bay of Brest is around 150 square kilometres in total.
A natural harbour, the narrowest part is 1.8 km wide providing a safe navigable passage to the naval base at Brest throughout the year.
There are regular ferry crossings from Brest to the Pointe de Espagnols from were you can enjoy coastal walks offering spectacular views across the deep blue harbour.
The eastern section of the Bay is fed by numerous estuaries, including the Faou and Aulne rivers. In these atmospheric coastal wetlands you will find mudflats and reed beds which attract a multitude of birds and insects.
Petites Cités de Caractère means small towns of character. There are two of these charming towns within the boundaries of the Parc, Guerlesquin and Le Faou.
Guerlesquin lies in the far north east corner of the park. It is a small town with a wealth of fine architecture.
Laid out around a tree lined rectangular square are imposing granite houses from the 15th and 18th centuries. Also known as a "Town of Flowers", the center of the flower festooned square is dominated by the brooding 17th century Présidial, a former prison. At the foot of the building you will find the old grain measuring scales. Opposite the old prison there is a traditional Breton tavern, perfect for sampling some of the fine local beers.
The town has good selection of shops and some excellent bars and restaurants, many housed in 16th century corbelled houses built of shale and granite. A market is held there on the last Saturday of the month.
The Maison de la Pays museum, open in high season, has exhibits, photographs and costumes of the area. Churches to visit include Saint Sauveur, with its 16th and 19th century furnishings, the Church of Notre-Dame de Rumengol and the 17th century Chapel of Quai Quélen.
There are a large number of megaliths scattered across the park and Brittany. One of the most impressive of these is the Lagatjar alignments near Camaret-sur-Mer at the end of the Crozon Peninsular.
There are 143 standing stones arranged in three lines on a field on the edge of town. No-one knows the significance of this arrangement.
This cavernous ‘allée couverte’ is justifiably one of Brittany’s most famous megalithic sites. The stones are in good condition and inside there are several carvings, including one that is supposed to be an axe in relief, and another which is perhaps a ‘Mother Goddess’.