The birth of Le Pouldu resort
The beaches of Le Pouldu began to attract bathers in the 1850s, particularly the Grands Sables beach. Built on sand dunes, the first villas in Le Pouldu appeared in 1875, notably the villa Castel Treaz ("sand castle" in Breton) owned by Henry de Mauduit, an industrialist from Quimperlé. A Hôtel des Bains opened in 1887, along with other villas on the cliff overlooking the Grands Sables beach. It was around this time that Paul Gauguin, Jacob Meyer de Haan and Paul Sérusier set up home in the Buvette de la Plage, now reconstructed in the Maison-Musée Gauguin. Their visit gave Le Pouldu a national reputation.
A popular seaside resort at the beginning of the 20th centuryème , Le Pouldu gradually expanded to include the neighbouring beaches of Bellangenêt and Kérou. Between the wars, there were no fewer than seven hotels close to the Grands Sables beach.
Today, the seaside resort of Le Pouldu still retains the character of the small seaside resorts that developed strongly on the eve of the First World War and during the inter-war period.
Le Pouldu and its sandy beaches
Three beaches along the coast, three different atmospheres to discover. Le Kérou, Bellangenêt, les Grands Sables... The mere mention of the beaches of Le Pouldu is enough to put iodine in our mouths and the ocean spray in our hair! Dive, swim, sunbathe, fish, play, glide... From the long swells of Kérou for the more sporty to the family atmosphere of Bellangenêt, via the historic Grands Sables beach, the ocean beckons us to escape to the most authentic of Finistère's beaches.
Water sports in Le Pouldu
Whether you do it solo, as a duo, with family or friends, for a single tide, a summer or all year round, there's no better place to explore to awaken your adventurous side and give free rein to your nautical desires. Some will jump into the water to try their hand at surfing, while others will try their hand at longe-côte in a group. What about you? Will you try your hand at kayaking along the wild coast to explore the coves of Le Pouldu? Or maybe you'd like to set sail and let the sea spray carry you off in a dinghy, catamaran or pleasure boat? Initiation, course or baptism: take to the water!