If you are mad about history or architecture, if you are a keen swimmer, hiker, and even if you prefer staying on a beach without doing anything or discover the beauty of flora and fauna… You will certainly be in your element in Trégor - Côte d’Ajoncs!
In the middle of Tregor - Goëlo, between Brehat Island and the Pink Granit Coast, Trégor – Côte d’Ajoncs is the ideal place for vacation with family or friends.
Indeed, the region will offer you a great range of activities, meetings and excursions in beautiful natural spots.
During your walks or pacing up and down our traditional markets, you will meet craftsmen, farmers, fishermen and oyster farmers who will be delighted to answer to your questions.
The nine municipalities of Trégor – Côte d’Ajoncs :
At the crossroad of several important roads, Camlez (Kamlez in Breton) has been inhabited since Neolithic, that is why you can see many menhirs, one of them (Menhir du Launey) is more than 13-feet high.
Agriculture is still Camlez’s core activity, and especially the growing of early fruits and vegetables.
The quality of Camlez's floral display will also charm you. The municipality obtained one flower label, village in bloom at the 2010 regional contest after obtaining a prize of honour at the departmental contest in the category of towns of less than 1000 inhabitants.
One says the name might come from the old Breton word “lann” (hermitage or parish) and St-Mérin, one of St-Tugdual’s disciples, a Welsh monk founder of Tréguier in the 6th century.
A small country village of 480 inhabitants, Lanmérin is a hidden jewel to be discovered, more particularly by walking along a delightful footpath, managed thanks to the efforts of the local association in charge with preserving our patrimony and developing hiking. All along the walk, you’ll admire the treasures of our heritage in small buildings.
All along the walk, you’ll admire the treasures of our small heritage buildings such as the chapel of Saint Jérôme de la Salle.
The origins of the word “minihy” (“refuge”) come from the fact that in the Middle-Ages those who wanted to escape from justice could find shelter there. Till the 1950s an important part of the town resources were derived from flax. That’s why, if you stroll along the Guindy, you will catch view of some remains of mills, testimonies of past flax works. But Minihy-Tréguier is mainly known for being the birthplace of the most celebrated of Breton saints: St-Yves (Zant Erwan in Breton language). Yves Heloury de Kermartin was born in Minihy-Tréguier in 1253. Coming from a family of small nobility, he studies Theology and Law in Paris university, and then leaves for Orleans in order to study Civil Law. At the age of 27, Yves will hold the post of “official” (an ecclesiastic judge) first in Rennes, then in Tréguier. Later on, he will become a simple Clergyman in charge with the parishes of Tredrez first, then Louannec. When his parents die, he inherits the property of Kermartin, which he will turn into a sick-house where he personally looks after the patients. He will soon become the unwearying defender of the poor and the miserable. He dies in 1303 and is soon canonize, in 1347 by Pope Clement VIth. He is the patron saint of barristers and lawyers all over the world, and of the poor and the miserable.
That seaside town includes three hearts instead of one: the town centre, Port-Blanc and Buguélès. Menhirs, tumuli, a prehistoric grave, megaliths of Tossen Keller (now to be seen in Tréguier) and sites bearing evidences of flintstone cutting are as many testimonies of an ancient occupation of the area. Penvénan counts 11 km of magic coast alternating massive rocks and sandy creeks in which the harbours of Buguélès and Port-Blanc can nestle. Here lies magnificent coastal scenery. Scattered with islands, islets and rocks, the sea leaves the shore bare over nearly 1.5 km during the spring tides, which leaves you amazed at that moonlike surface…While offering everyone the opportunity to catch shrimps, crabs or shells. The “land”, linked to it, overlooks the shore with its extents of woods or fields, its moors of heather and furze. High embankments of earth still run across the countryside, bordering nearly 40 km of the footpaths you will follow to discover numerous examples of our inherited buildings. The economical activity of Penvénan nowadays is based on agriculture and tourism, with a settled population growing to three or four times its size during the summer holidays. Let yourself go, and appreciate the sweetness of local life; Penvénan got the first prize in its category in the Trégor-Goëlo competition in flower decoration, and its dynamic shopkeepers, craftspeople and members of associations work actively in keeping the town well alive all along the year.
Delightful little village founded in the 6th century by Crescant, a Breton immigrant leader, who gave the place his name. For centuries the village lived off agriculture and fishing. But in the 20th century it progressively turned to oyster-breeding and tourism, while keeping on with farming. Situated amidst 17 km of coastline, “la Pointe du Château”, close to the site of Le Gouffre de Castel Meur, is the northern tip of Brittany. Impressive rocks come alternatively with strands of sand or pebbles. Sky and sea spread shimmering and ever changing shades of blue that sparkle over the whole landscape. At sunset, the western glowing reds shed their breathtaking reflecting lights upon the facing land.
A stronghold: At Plouguiel, the locality called “La Roche rouge”, where the Guindy and the Jaudy rivers come together, was chosen in 1917 by the French Navy to establish a seaplane base. That Naval Airbase named “de Tréguier” (although it is situated on the Plouguiel territory) was a solution against submarine threats in those war times; it protected the northern coast of Brittany, and more particulary the Jaudy and Trieux estuaries, with their trans-channel coal traffic, when part of the French coal-mines were held by the German power.
Historical capital of Trégor, “Petite Cité de Caractère” since 1986, Tréguier abounds in remarkable architecture, left from a rich past of religion and culture. All along the narrow streets, sometimes through carriage gateways, you can admire half-timbered houses or old convents, and catch glimpses of stately residences and fair private gardens.
“ A place where spirit blows”, according to Barrès’s definition; at the start of printing in Brittany, Tréguier was the birthplace or a privileged place of inspiration for a large number of writers and artists: Anatole Le Braz, Henri Pollès, Jean Savina and so many others, among whom, of course, that great philosopher, Ernest Renan. The house where he was born has been a National Museum since 1946.
Nestling at the far end of the mouth of the Jaudy River, the tidal harbour offers 330 moorages. Kayak excursions are available.
Tréguier can also be festive, with its weekly Wednesday market, followed in the highseason evenings by “Mercredis en Fête”. Every third Sunday of May, “Le Grand Pardon de St Yves” welcomes thousands of visitors. All the year round, the “Théâtre de l’Arche”, the shops, the art galleries, antiques shops and craftsmen shops keep open doors.
The name Trézény seems to derive from the Breton “treb” (village) and St- Zény, who came from Ireland in the 5th century. A small country village, Trézény, lies over 3 km², living mainly on agriculture. Its inhabitants and the tourists who spend some time there can enjoy the quiet of Trégorois country and the pleasures of pretty beaches at a short distance (7kms). Sitting on a hill, over 110mts high, Trézény overlooks the Guindy valley with large views.
That charming village has been awarded several prizes in flower decoration. In 2008, Trézény received the 1st prize in the category of villages less than 500 inhabitants in “Pays du Trégor-Goëlo”, and also the first prize in the department of Côtes d’Armor in the same category for three years in a row. Consequently, the municipality of Trézény obtained 1 flower in 2011 at the regional level.