Brittany, France

Quiberon: West Side Coastal Route – Côte Sauvage

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The coastal road and path along the west side of the Quiberon peninsula — known as the Côte Sauvage — is one of the most spectacular places for a run in Brittany. A gravel path runs atop wave-battered cliffs, adjacent to the D186A coastal road, through open terrain of dunes & shrubland, with great views of the water below. Especially beautiful at sunset!

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A good place to start is in Quiberon at the south end of the peninsula. From the Casino at the eastern end, a paved waterfront promenade runs alongside the Quai de Houat for 2.5 km. Then, as the road hugs the west coast, use the gravel path alongside (called the Chemin côtier Quiberon), and choose any distance you like! It’s fairly wide and flat, with good footing. The total distance is 11 km north to La pointe Beg-An-Aud. Nearly the entire path has water views, although there are a few inland sections. The northern 4 km of the route is way from the road, and is a bit more remote.

Landmarks along the way include Port Pilote (3.4 km), Port Kehau (4.5 km), Port Bara (8.3 km), Arche de Port Blanc (9.4 km).

Alternative Starting Spots: There are several parking areas along the Côte Sauvage — so you could park at one of those spots and choose a section of the path.

Essentials
  • Up to 11 km (6.8 miles) one-way. Choose a section!
  • 57m (187 feet) south to north
  • Quiberon End: Casino. Or other points along the path
  • Numerous parking areas along the west coast coastal road

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Essentials
  • Up to 11 km (6.8 miles) one-way. Choose a section!
  • 57m (187 feet) south to north
  • Quiberon End: Casino. Or other points along the path
  • Numerous parking areas along the west coast coastal road