HID­DEN GEMS

Yachting Monthly - - A LONG WEEKEND -

1 ILE DE CÉZEM­BRE

An­chor at high wa­ter off the two beaches on the south side of the is­land. There are ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties on the is­land, in­clud­ing Le Re­paire des Cor­saires – a small restau­rant run by Franck Mes­lier, the only in­hab­i­tant on the is­land, for the past 25 years. Don’t get caught out by the tide though – the ti­dal range for the area is 12m.

2 LE FORT ÎLE HAR­BOUR

The is­land it­self is pri­vate but you can an­chor off it at high tide – and there’s noth­ing to stop you ex­plor­ing the fore­shore at low tide, pro­vid­ing your boat is equipped with bilge keels or legs. Not suit­able for overnight stops.

3 DINARD

There’s a nice shel­tered bay with sandy beach in Dinard. It’s chocka with moor­ings but a shal­low-drafted boat could an­chor be­tween the moor­ings and the beach, if you don’t mind dry­ing out. The town has a lovely faded grandeur which be­lies its sta­tus as yet another easyjet des­ti­na­tion.

4 HAVRE DE ROTHÉNEUF

A shel­tered bay north of St Malo, which dries out a low tide. Look out for the ex­tra­or­di­nary sculp­tures (300 or so) carved into the rocks by a her­mit in the late 1800s, just west of the en­trance.

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