Saint-Suliac, located in Brittany, is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, an official designation given to approximately 100 villages in France in order to promote tourism in small towns. This charming hamlet located along the Rance River is named for a Welsh Monk who lived here in the 6th century, and is well worth a visit.
The narrow, winding streets and brightly colored shutters add charm to this already quaint village.
There are many hiking trails in the area, and one in particular leads to the Grainfollet Oratory. Years ago, village fishermen would sail to Newfoundland to go cod fishing, leaving in March and returning in November. In the mid 1800s, more than 100 fishermen never returned. In the late 1880s, La Clemence carrying a number of fishermen from the village, was lost at sea. The lost lives prompted the villagers to promise to build a monument dedicated to the Virgin Mary if all the fishermen returned safely the next season. They kept their promise when all returned home the next year, and in 1893 the Grainfollet Oratory was built.
You’ll work up an appetite with all that exploring and hiking, so head to Le Bistro de la Greve for a delicious lunch.
This local gem has incredibly friendly staff and creative, beautifully presented dishes.
I highly recommend a visit to Saint-Suliac, but visit on a warm day. We first visited a few years ago in March, and the wind was icy and ferocious! We visited again last week on a warm day, and our visit was much more enjoyable.
Check out the other blogs I have written about Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.
Wishing you grand adventures,