Small chapel on the coastal trail from Le Po to Plouharnel
Restaurants Our favorites in the area
LA CALYPSO rue du Po In the hamlet of Po, a few minutes' drive from St. Colomban Village reserve 02-97-52-06-14; call between 10 am and 6 pm Closed Mondays Be sure to reserve. Ask for a table in the room with the fireplace, where all the fish is grilled. Also save room for the Strawberries Flambée, which owner Marc Brosolo prepares at tableside.
LE QUAI 8 Cours de Quais La Trinité-sur-Mer Right in the middle of the block that looks out over the famous port, this is our favorite "go to" place for an enjoyable lunch. No reservations needed if you get there a bit early -- probably 12:30-12:45 in summer. Dinnertime is a bit chaotic, but try it and see what you think. We like the daily specials.
LE GOELAND -- a crêperie rue des Freres Kermorvant La Trinité-sur-Mer 02-97-55-82-62 This street is behind the Cours de Quais, and one level up, so ask for a window table for a wonderful view of the port. A classic Breton crêperie. Best to reserve in summer.
LA BISE-TROTTE 3 rue St Cornély Carnac ville We like this friendly little café/bookstore/wine bar right in the middle of town.
Walking Trails Out the door and a short drive away
THE DAILY TOUR No day in St. Colomban is complete without the walk to "Le Crique," the small rocky beach area on the coast nearest the village. This walk has been a family tradition for 50 years. The direct route is to head through the center of the village with the chapel at your back, and keep going straight where the road curves to the left. Straight on, the road turns into a trail edged by brambles. In the old days cows pastured in the fields on the right. When you get to the coast, turn right to find the small beach that is good swimming at high tide, though it's best to take at look at low tide first, so you can see where to avoid rocks that are submerged at high water. Continuing to the end of the trail brings you to Chemin de Kerivor. Follow that and turn right to find your way back to the village.
FROM LE CARNET DE BALADES EN TERRE DE MEGALITHES At the Tourism Office in Carnac Ville, you can buy a copy of Le Carnet de Balades en Terre de Mégalithes. In it you'll find:
• Sentier #9: We drive to Le Po and walk the portion from Le Po to Plouharnel. There is a little #3 marked on map for that trail. You can park by the side of the road in place where the #3 is marked. Pay attention to where you come out of the trail as you approach the town, so you find your way back. There is an old hamlet, and the modern area where you can refresh at a the Café Massena.
• Sentier #24: Drive to Locmariaquer. Find the crêperie in the port that faces the water, and go right, to find a little side street marked for the trail. Go as far as the dam/bridge, and then just turn around & come back.
Wi-Fi Availability Here are a few places in the area that offer free Wi-Fi, though in cafés you are expected to buy a beverage. IN CARNAC VILLE The Bar Breton, 3 rue du Tumulus The Hotel Marine (across from the Tourism Office) There is also the Mediateque/Terreteque in Carnac Ville, the new library building next to the parking lot where they have the open market. It's quiet there, but the process is a little clumsy. When you enter, the clerk will give you a temporary password that is good for about 30 minutes. They do have computers there, but you will probably have to wait until one is available. Also, you should make a note of their open hours. The service is free.
IN POUHARNEL The Massina Café. Plouharnel is an easy drive from the Cottage. When you get to the first traffic circle in Plouharnel, go around to about '9 o'clock' and turn so that the bakery is on your left. The Café is on the next corner, on the right, with adjacent parking.