Photographer's Note

Pointe du Raz (Beg ar Raz in breton) is a promontory that extends into the Atlantic, the very end of Cap Sizun, a peninsula west of city of Quimper. It is one of the most spectacular sites on coast of Brittany. It has the Grand Site of France label, which is a network of most known and frequented natural or architectural sites in France. The point is separated from Isle of Sein by a strait crossed by violent streams. This strait, called Raz of Sein, gave its name to the point (the word raz describes a violent stream). Sailors fear these very dangerous streams, that are signaled by fires and two lighthouses on small islands, among the most known of Brittany and that used to be inhabited : La Vieille lighthouse (the one on the photo) and Tévennec lighthouse. GR34, a hike path that makes the tour of Brittany, goes by the point. Such a beautiful site attracts many visitors, so works had to be done to protect the environment on the site : from 1996 to 2000, a commercial centre and two hotels on the point were destroyed, some footpaths were created and a visitors centre was built about 1 km from the point. From the visitors centre you can use shuttles to go to the point, but it is much better to walk for about 20 minutes to discover this incredible site.

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