Binic


 

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:

  • The views of the Channel from the docks and their picnic areas suitable for all,
  • The beach of La Banche, equipped with a wheelchair access mat and sea water pool ideal for children,
  • The beach of Avant-port which is very family orientated,
  • Numerous events like the puppet festival "Marionnet’Ic" in April,
  • The Thursday morning market and the Saturday organic market,
  • The "Animakid" festival, focused on entertainment for children, including disabled ones (théâtre de Guignol, story time and Place aux Mômes).

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:

  • The joys of the beach  with facilities allowing people with reduced mobility to go to the beach of La Blanche thanks to a mat as well as the small family beach of Avant-port,
  • Discovering the history of Binic thanks to a  "comfortable" ambulatory guided visit  with a tactile model of the town, headsets and specific pictures (information from the Tourism Office, +33 (0)2 96 73 60 12),
  • Time in the sea by boarding a sailing boat  thanks to the specially mobile crane designed for this (more information from the  Pôle nautique (nautical centre)),
  • In the season, an event is organised every Friday for boules competitions on the two boules pitches designed to be accessible for all,
  • The joys of picnicking on one of the 15 sites with suitable tables,
  • Finally, all year round, make the most of the joys of bathing in the Goélys pool (rue Pierre de Coubertin) equipped with a submerged staircase and an adapted water submersion hoist. There is also the bonus of a sauna accessible to disabled people.

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:

  • Head off on a cruise on a catamaran with  Maestro Croisière,
  • Get on board "Le Riguel", a 1945 sailing boat listed as a Historical Monument. This fishing boat offers you an unforgettable outing to discover the riches of traditional sailing. For all the family or in small groups (5 people max.),
  • Sail on the Enez Koalen, a Heritage Interest boat, testament to the lobster fishing boat era at the start of the 20th century. Small groups of 13 people max., more information from the Tourist Office.

 

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.

 

Where to sleep

 

  • Hôtel Le Benhuyc (Best Western):  23 rooms including 2 accessible to people with reduced mobility. Stunning view of the port. From €68 per night - www.lebenhuyc.com - 1 quai Jean Bart, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 78 79 79

 

  • Hôtel-Restaurant de la plage (Vacanciel): in a building from the previous century, there are 39 rooms overlooking the sea, including 2 rooms accessible to people with reduced mobility. The "La Plage" restaurant offers you a cuisine with local flavours including the mussels from the bay and marmite binicaise (Binic seafood casserole). www.vacanciel.com - Rue des Bernains, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)8 25 450 150

 

  • Camping Le Panoramic: Aquatic area with heated pool and slide. Mobile-home and chalet rental as well as camping pitches. Two person, tent and vehicle deal, for €26 - www.lepanoramic.net - Rue Gasselin, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 73 60 43

 

  • Camping municipal des Fauvettes: Tourism and Disability certification for visual, auditory, physical and mental disabilities. Wonderful view of Binic and the bay, 88 pitches for tents, caravans, mobile-homes and campervans. Two person, tent and vehicle deal, from €13 - www.binic-etables-sur-mer.fr - 13 rue des Fauvettes, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 73 60 83

 

Where to eat

 

  • Le Grand Large: seafood and fish specialities, sunny terrace in the season. www.restaurant-le-grand-large.fr - 1 quai Jean Bart, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 73 67 61

 

  • "La Sentinelle" Bar-Restaurant: on the docks of the port of Binic, a unique ambiance for a convivial experience. Original restaurant, try the "bouillabreiz"! 2 Quai de Courcy, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 69 23 38

 

  • Brasserie-Pizzeria L’Adresse: a warm atmosphere and a view of the port from the main dining room. Accessible to people with reduced mobility. www.restaurant-binic.fr - Quai de Courcy, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 73 36 26

 

  • Glacier Morice: sorbets and ice creams with flavours from here and elsewhere to enjoy in the port of Binic. Quai de Courcy, 22520 Binic - +33 (0)2 96 73 79 27

 

  • Marché de Binic: it is one of the largest markets in the region, taking place throughout the town centre every Thursday between June and September. You can stock up on fresh produce there: fish, shellfish, fruit and vegetables, or enjoy take-away food there, for example at the crepes and buckwheat pancake truck. Place Pommelec, 22520 Binic.

 

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