Plage de Port-Maria beach
It is not surprising that the Plage de Port-Maria in Larmor-Plage is one of our favourite beaches as it has so much to offer:
Elegant lively seaside town
Just outside Lorient, Larmor-Plage has several amazing beaches which fall within the commune. Head straight to the Plage de Port-Maria (near the Tourist Office) and you will find a sandy cove nestled against the backdrop of stately homes with views over the estuary to the fort of Port-Louis and views over the sea to the Ile de Groix.
In summer, the beach has life-guards as well as at the beach next door at Plage Toulhars.
In summer, there is a monitored (paying) children’s play-area with trampolines and slides. There is also a free children’s playground next to the Casino.
Excellent choice of refreshments
When hunger calls, there is an excellent bank of restaurants, cafés and ice-cream shops where you can put your feet up, have a feast and watch the yachts beat against the tide. All the restaurants are very good, but our favourite is L’Espadrille. You can also get a drink or snack on the outside terrace of the Casino.
Interesting walks in either direction
If you have the time, take a stroll in either direction or through the town:
If you head to Port de Kerneval you will pass by the Plage de Toulhars. Port de Kerneval is a good place to stop for some refreshments at the Tour Du Monde, Villa Margaret or L’Optimiste and soak up the fascinating WWII history of the area – CLICK HERE for our review of the Tour du Monde and the Port de Kerneval area.
In the other direction is Kerpape and you will be surprised how quickly small coves turn to large stretches of wild dune. If you wish to put your feet up enroute, you can stop at the outside terrace of L’Abri Cotier or Les Mouettes. If you go past the nautical centre of Kerguélen (were you can enjoy a range of nautical activities) you will come to the delightful cove of Kerpape.
There is a buzzy little market on Sunday mornings. Perfect for a little light browsing before a meal at one of the restaurants along the beach front, followed by an afternoon on the beach.