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Crozon
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The Crozon peninsula, a craggy outcrop of land shaped like a long-robed giant, arms outstretched to defend bay and roadstead, is the central feature of Finistère's torn chaos of estuaries and promontories. Much the easiest way for cyclists and travellers relying on public transport to reach the peninsula from Brest is via the ferries to Le Fret.

Motorists heading for Crozon have to follow a circuitous route skirting this complex coast through Plougastel-Daoulas. At the church here, the calvary shows more torment for Katel Gollet (Katherine the Damned), in this case being raped by devils, but with a more sympathetic sculpting of Katel herself than at Guimiliau.

As you approach the Crozon peninsula, it's well worth making a slight detour to climb the hill of Menez-Hom, "at the giant's feet", for a fabulous view of the land and water alternating out to the ocean. Getting down to the coastal headlands themselves can be a bit of a disappointment after this vision: those extremities that don't house military installations tend to be too crowded. But it is the cliffs that tourists head for here, and some of the beaches, like La Palue on the southern arm, are almost deserted.


Pages in section ‘Crozon peninsula’: Daoulas and Le Faou, Landévennec, Crozon and Morgat, Camaret.

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