When a friend invited us to Île-de-Bréhat to celebrate her birthday, we jumped at the chance to explore the French coast on our bikes! Brittany has almost 3000km of coastline so it was not easy choosing which 200km to do. We settled on cycling part of the still-under-construction EuroVelo route (EV4), starting west at Morlaix and heading east to get the ferry to Bréhat island.
Armed with only my Maps3D app on my iPhone, we followed marked bike routes and small lanes, and occasionally found EV4 or Voies Vertes (green way) signs. Some of the routes took us right by the coast, and some wandered inland into farmland and forests. There were also many uphill climbs that rewarded us with panoramic sea views.
Although Brittany has a reputation for finicky, damp weather, we were lucky to stay dry whenever we were cycling. Temperatures were a mild 20-25ºC, accompanied by gentle ocean breezes. It was certainly more pleasant riding than in Provence in late-June…
Photos and stories to follow!
Further resources for planning a cycling trip in Brittany: Our route was also known as the Tour De Manche route (overlaps with EV4). Good route descriptions and some GPS files available on the Tour De Manche website.