The island of Groix, on foot and by bike
A coastal path circles the island of Groix in just 30 km, but you will be amazed to cross so many different landscapes in such a short time. To the west, on the Pen-Men and Pointe du Grognon lighthouse side, the island is wild, more mineral and is home to an ornithological nature reserve. The east of the island (on the Grands Sables and Pointe des Chats side) is more populated and more flowery. This is all the charm of Groix! If you want to discover the island on foot or by bike, we will give you three tips:
• Remember to take water with you; refueling points are concentrated in Le Bourg, Port-Tudy and Locmaria in season.
• Keep in mind that you are on an island; leave yourself a margin when you calculate your route and your hiking times to make them coincide with the boat schedules.
• Good shoes and a hat are essential: here, nothing can stop the wind or the sun...
The island on foot and/or by bike:
These are the two best ways to discover the island. The bike will allow you to cross the villages and discover the small heritage there: washhouses, fountains, dolmen, church and chapels. And if you want to be closer to the ocean, you will have to go there on foot, because bicycles are prohibited on the coastal path.
It is impossible to make an exhaustive list of places to discover here. The Hôtel de la Marine will have maps and information for you to prepare your getaway. Go to the Tourist Office as soon as you arrive in Port-Tudy.
Closed to the Hotel de la Marine... a tuna!
The Hotel de la Marine is a few meters from the island's church. Look up and you will see that at the top of the bell tower sits a tuna! Groix was the first tuna port in France until the beginning of the 20th century; the weather vane on the church tower is therefore a nod to a not so distant period in the history of the island.
Practical information :
> Map of the island of Groix: click here
> Getting around Groix: click here
> Coconut’s Location (Bikes, cars, scooters)
> Au Vel'o Vert: +33 6 77 32 85 57
Photo credits: Yannick Derennes, Alexandre Lamoureux, Xavier Dubois, Emmanuel Berthier (Brittany Regional Tourism Board)