Located on the coastline of Côtes d’Armor in Brittany, Binic is a former scallop and cod fishing port which has now turned towards tourism. This seaside resort renowned in summer was recognised for its accessibility to disabled people by the 2013 EDEN competition in terms of "Tourism and Accessibility".
From fishing port to seaside resort, a history linked to the sea
From the 19th century, the fame of its seaman due to the cod fishing seasons with the shoals on the banks of Newfoundland surpassed the Brittany borders. Then, following the success of the scallop fishing in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, was that of the seaside resort of today, renowned and often nicknamed "the beauty spot of Côtes d'Armor".
A certain mind-set is alive in the town, a "holiday village" side ideal for relaxation, well-being and discovery. Its warm and dynamic residents strive to be welcoming and make it accessible to as many people as possible, which will draw you in for a long stay or for one of the numerous summer events.
Very beautiful coastal landscapes
Professionals aware of disabilities and numerous accessible facilities are the marks of a stay combining the joy of the beach and outdoor sports, cultural visits and summer events.
Here are some unmissable places:
Binic is the Côtes-d'Armor coastal destination which has focused on accessibility for disabled people, but it is also a charming port which emphasises simplicity and good produce. An ideal place for gourmet seafood, original cultural activities and the joys of nature.
Events worth noting
Binic offers you seven great large-scale festivals with varied programmes, all throughout the year, a certain number of which are free to access: gastronomy trade fair and cod festival, literary festival, théâtre Lyncéus festival, Les heures musicales and the sandball festival (in summer), as well as numerous other events.
A website suitable for all
In Brittany, fifteen kilometres from Saint-Brieuc, Binic is a Côtes d’Armor seaside resort with an accessibility approach to disabled people, reflected over the whole town, which has been recognised by the EDEN competition 2013 - "Tourism and Accessibility". Visit the 150 traders made aware of the approach, stay in suitable hotels, gites and campsites and lunch or go for a drink in certified restaurants and bars.
The ambition of the "Tourism and Disability" certification is to offer residents and visitors tourist services aiming for as much independence for people as possible. The http://binicpourtous.jimdo.com website means you can find all the information necessary for a trip suitable for all.
Suitable outdoor and cultural activities
Specific facilities and equipment have been created over the whole municipality and the tourism professionals have been made aware of and trained in issues linked to disability. The approach is able to offer all travellers quality services and varied leisure activities:
For culture fans, numerous activities are also organised all year round: visit the town centre of Binic, attend a show or take part in an art workshop run by the Carré d'Art association in the Cultural complex of Estran the first row of which is reserved for disabled people. Attend a singing and music concert in the church of Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage accessible to people with reduced mobility, or make the most of the events like the puppet festival "Marionnet’Ic", the event for all the family in April.
Do not hesitate to view the website dedicated to accessing all the practical information: http://binicpourtous.jimdo.com.
Between beaches and hikes, all the outdoor delights in Binic
For fans of hiking, visit the 12 hectares of the Bernains estate, a unique site occupied from Antiquity to the Middle-Ages. It is easy to see the levelled low walls and towers there, including the famous "Tour de César" well-known among the Binic residents. You will discover the "Jardin des Mariés" and finish before one of the most beautiful views of the bay and Binic. Over the course of the route, adapted picnic tables invite you to have a restful stop. Walking is accessible to all: a path developed with specific coating was installed especially for people with reduced mobility and the blind and partially sighted (orange route)
In terms of the sea, two beaches are perfect for bathing in summer or strolling along out of season: the beach of Avant-port and the beach of La Blanche. On the beach of La Blanche a blue mat allows wheelchairs to reach the water and therefore make the most of the joys of the fine sand.
From Binic, all the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, from Paimpol to Cap Fréhel is open to you, which has also been recognised by the EDEN competition for its gastronomy.
Activities in the fresh, fragrant sea air
Less accessible but sportier, other activities allow you to discover the treasures of the inland region. For example, by mountain bike, heading along one of the 13 marked routes with different levels and gradients. You therefore discover, with little effort, the two lakes of Lantic, the meeting place for line fishing fans, and the municipalities of Lantic, Tréguidel and Pléguien on the great 23 kilometre circuit.
For amateur naturalists and those curious about biodiversity, choose from among mushroom discoveries in autumn or a stroll along the foreshore, the part of the shingle beach which appears at low tide, during a guided walk. For a trip on foot or by bike, information and maps are available from the Tourist Office and on the website.
Starting from Binic, climb on board the Vedettes de Bréhat to discover the Goëlo coast and travel round the archipelago before getting off at Bréhat "the flower island": a labyrinth of small paths to explore on foot or by bike and an unspoilt natural environment with stunning vegetation.
For sailing fans, several outing options are open to you:
Binic, a port which has been able to develop over the ages.
The rich maritime history of Binic goes back to the great fishing seasons in Newfoundland and in Iceland in the 19th century, then the scallop fishing in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, all the way up to the pleasure-boating of today. This past can be visited today thanks to the remarkable boats often moored in Binic. Perhaps you will have the chance to see or even visit the "Le Rigel" fishing boat, built in 1945 in St Malo and mainly used for mackerel fishing. Unless you would prefer "La Fée de l’Aulne", a former supply ship of the islands of Sein, Molène and Ouessant, built in 1958.
The history of the port can also be found in its architecture, with the former houses of the town’s rich ship-owners which were set up along the docks from the 18th and 19th centuries, or even the viaduct of the former railways built at the start of the 20th century.
The educational visit to the Musée des Traditions populaires, where facilities for disabled people are on offer, spreads out over 500m² with a profusion of everyday rural objects from the 20th century and an impressive collection of Breton headdresses. An essential stop during a trip in the resort.
Lastly, to discover the region and the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, head off in a minibus for a half day in a small group for the "Goëlo Tour". The guided visit takes you on a discovery of the ports, coastal paths, mills and chapels of the towns of Binic, Etables-sur-Mer, Lantic, Plourhan, Saint-Quay-Portrieux and Tréveneuc. Information and booking with the Tourist Office.
An abundant programme
Binic has put in place a great number of cultural sites accessible to all. Admire the paintings and sculptures of the Galerie d’Art Athéna. Take part in the artistic workshop run by the Carré d’Art association and provided in the "Estran" cultural complex. Enter the Notre Dame de Bon Voyage church to attend a musical concert.
Binic is in a festive mood with major festivals and a myriad of events all year round. This includes the international puppet festival, heritage sailing boats, sailors' songs and all kinds of tasting events, sea and adventure literature, folk music and classical music, theatre and beach volleyball in summer. A wide and adapted offer to go with an endearing and dynamic population. The cultural calendar is updated every year on the town website.
In Binic, numerous hotels welcome holidaymakers, for a relaxing time in summer or a getaway out of season. The restaurants give prominence to the Breton terroir and offer a seafood cuisine: mussels from the bay, scallops, fish, etc.
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The Lorient area and the Ile de Groix are rich with stories and legends.
The fifth largest bay in the world, located in the Côtes d’Armor, in Brittany.