Benodet – A village of contrasts.

Written by on 10th May 2016 in Blog with 0 Comments

I have just returned from a property visiting week centred around the Pays Benodet region of Brittany. Our first day on Monday was cold, cloud was low and the village was deserted. Contrast that with Thursday, a public holiday in France, when it was a hot sunny day. There were crowds everywhere and there was a real holiday atmosphere.

The tide was up and the river looked magnificent. We walked from the marina, looking upstream to the spectacular bridge over the river Odet , to the harbour side which was packed with visitors whiling away the afternoon on the terraces of the bars overlooking the river to Sainte Marine, so we stopped for the obligatory drink. We then pressed on around the corniche to the magnificent beach, which even in early May was crowded with visitors soaking up their first rays of summer sun, I expect there were going to be a few burnt bodies as the sun was so unexpected.

We then carried on around the coastal path which traces the whole of the Brittany coast a distance of nearly 1000 miles! Our next stop was a complete contrast to the crowed beach, the Mer Blanche or White Sea. This is a huge tidal inlet that is only 50 yards wide at it’s entrance but is a 6 mile walk to get to the other side where the coast then is a spectacular stretch of dunes that continues for several miles to the next resort of Beg Meil. From our vantage point we then retraced out steps to Benodet and a well-earned evening meal at a traditional Creperie.

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