When to visit the Presqu'île?

I probably don't need to reiterate that I know and love the peninsula at any time of year. Summer and early autumn are obviously the best times for swimming, water sports, cycling or hiking – the last two summers have been very sunny and hot by Brittany's standards, despite its reputation for being rainy. Summer is certainly the best time for a family holiday with young children as well.


However, if you want to admire the immense power and beauty of the sea, I would recommend late autumn and winter. Bracing yourself against a storm up on the Pointe de Pen-Hir as the spray flies up over the cliffs is a wonderful experience! Winter is the best time to experience the sea so close at hand – not for fair-weather tourists, but for people who want to literally get in touch with the elements. However, Brittany also gets an impressive amount of rain over winter – from a fine mist reminiscent of a tropical hothouse to needles lashing into your face. This place has taught me to know and appreciate the wide variety of rain like nowhere else. On clear winter's days, a wonderful pastel-coloured light hangs over the Atlantic. This is definitely the best time of year for stunning sunsets. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the temperature rarely drops below zero here and I would call winter chilly but not really cold. However, be prepared to self-cater if you visit out of season as lots of restaurants and crêperies close at this time of year. The peninsula is very quiet in winter with hardly any tourists – ideal if you want to find some peace and quiet, explore the great outdoors and establish or cultivate contacts with the locals.

Twilight in Camaret
Twilight in Camaret

Mimosa blossom makes a brief but glorious appearance on the peninsula in early spring – and we are lucky enough to have a small mimosa grove above one of the cliffs in the mill's grounds. The camellias are next to blossom with their unique display. Typical spring-flowering shrubs – rhododendrons and yellow gorse – come into bloom at the same time. Spring is easily the best time for blossom on the Presqu'île.


Tourism reawakens on the peninsula at Easter time. Spring on the Presqu'île is ideal for people who would like to experience mild spring weather about two weeks earlier than in central Germany , bare their forearms to the sun in a sheltered spot, and enjoy something of a touristy holiday.


In my honest opinion, any time is a good time to visit the peninsula, but I prefer late autumn and Easter for their leisurely, laid-back pace of life.