"Two into one makes - Riec-sur- Belon" Riec-sur-Bélon by ranger49

Riec-sur-Bélon Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 15 photos

Oysters and creperies

This small town near the confluence of the rivers Belon and Aven is really two separate entities but they have formed a single unit for administrative purposes for a century or more.

Riec standing at the top of the hill that winds down to Belon is a typical Breton village - a church in an irregular"square", a Tourist Office, a Presse and a few shops including a flower shop and a few bars and cafes.

It seems to be an active little community with a dynamic young Mayor of the DVG i.e. non-party aligned but tending to the Left - according to impressions gained from local press.

Major redevelopment of the area behind the church is planned and some initial work has been done but nothing was going on when we were there this year.

Down the hill to the Belon oyster beds

Belon lies down the hill and its claim to fame is the production of oysters which vie with places like Cancale for title of The Best in France.
The oysters do not begin life here but are bred elsewhere in France and brought to Belon to mature because of the unique qualities of the waters in the extuary.
The rich harvest of available sea food requires a restaurant and here you will find one of the most renowned in the area.

Picturesque views across the water and beautiful sunsets have drawn artists here since the mid 19th century when the American artist Robert Wyllie arrived in southern Brittany to be followed by painters like Gauguin and others who together created the School of Pont Aven.
Eventually their search for light of perfect quality lead to Colliure in Languedoc and the Fauvist School.
There was art class busy at their easels on the quay when we were there earlier this month.

Getting to Belon

The coastal path runs all all around the coast and is a very popular route with walkers. Cyclists too have no difficulty in arriving here on two wheels. If you arrive by car as we do when you near the bottom of the hill from the sqaure in Riec ( about 2.5 miles) the road widens and there is a fair amount of parking space on either side. On the left you will pass the entrance to the oyster farm ( where you can buy direct). A few more steps and the scenes opens up on the water and the oyster beds.

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  • Pros:Totally unspoiled in spite of its attractions.
  • Last visit to Riec-sur-Bélon: Oct 2009
  • Intro Written Oct 25, 2009
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  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Yes, I always think seafood looks better on the plate than the actual eating process (apart from a few exceptions.) A lot of effort for not a lot of reward!! I do love fresh scallops though......

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