Plage du Ris

Plage du Ris is the biggest beach in Douarnenez and when the tide is out a huge expanse of sand is revealed. The beach is just to the north of the town but the surrounds are quite rural in feel.

To the rear of the beach is a large grassy area with picnic tables. There are also a number of traditional beach huts that hark back to the golden age of seaside resorts. These add a little character to the beach which has largely escaped development, retaining much of its charm.

At low tide there is plenty to explore with rockpools, a few caves and even an old stairway carved into the cliffs.

Whilst the beach does have a seasonal lifeguard swimming is not always allowed at Plage du Ris even when the sea is calm. Over the years there have been issues with toxic algae making it potentially dangerous.

Outside of the summer this beach is popular with surfers and the waves can get quite large.

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Dog ban in force


  • Good fishing
  • Surfing

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  • Wheelchair accessible

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