Saint-Michel-en-Greve is a small commune in Brittany made up traditionally with a few shops, hotel/restaurant and a lovely church by the sea. It has plenty of dwellings lining the eastern arm of a huge bay, almost like a housing estate, but this is not apparent as you travel from either Lannion or Ploumilliau on your way to Plestin-les-Greves because as you turn the corner just by the hotel you are met with the sight of the flattest and most beautiful stretch of beach that you have probably ever encountered.
The beaches just seem go on and on, morphing into the shores of Plestin-les-Greve further down the coast.
When it is low tide, it is a good walk from the shore to the waters edge, and when the tide is in, the water line is still. It doesn’t ebb and flow in the same way as other beaches.
So, if you are keen on shell collecting or searching for any treasures left behind from the sea, then this is the place for you.
As Saint Michel-en-Greve is a coastal resort, you’d think that the local traders wouldn’t abide by the French style seasonal working week of Tues to Sat with a half-day Wednesday. But on Sunday and Monday all is closed except for the Tabac bar which seems to remain open throughout the season. So if it’s a bottle of wine and a postcard you’re after, then you’re in luck.
As well as Sunday and Monday, all of the businesses close throughout the winter season, again with the exception of the Tabac.
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