General survey of the town
The town of Pleurtuit is situated in Brittany, in the north of the Ille-et-Vilaine department, 10 minutes away from Dinard, 20 minutes from St Malo or Dinan, at the limit of the Côtes d’Armor department.
The territory of Pleurtuit extends to about 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares). It is bordered to the west by the River Rance and to the east by the river Frémur. The town has a population of more than 6,500.
Pleurtuit, a town with a rich heritage
Pleurtuit has a very ancient history. Since prehistoric times, there have been inhabitants on its location. Many remains of Gallo-Roman villas were found in various parts of the territory, as well as daily life objects dating back to that period (pottery, tools etc.)
Throughout the Middle-Ages, the territory of Pleurtuit was covered with hamlets where farming developed.
Remnants of that history:
- Many roadside crucifixes that border the roads of Pleurtuit,
- Anthony’s chapel in the heart of the hamlet St. Anthony, built in the 15th century and maintained today by the villagers,
- Many farmhouses, typical Breton habitat, some dating back to the 16th century.
In the 18th century, when maritime activity was in full swing in Saint-Malo, the rich ship owners built manors that were called « Malouinières ». One of them chose Pleurtuit and built the Montnarin Malouinière whose gardens (in the French, or English style, a rockery etc. ….) are today classified as « Outstanding Gardens ». You can visit them on a free tour, from April to November.
At that time, the owners of the malouinière created a shipyard nearby. Many boats were built in the dry dock there. Up to 1,200 people worked there.
At Montmarin you can discover,
- Remains of the shipyard where many boats were built at that time,
- Remains of a tide-powered mill that belonged to the Shipyard,
- The houses of the workers in the village of La Moisisais in Rue de la Rêverie and Rue de la Jouventelle..
In 1900, thanks to the development of airplane traffic and because of the large number of English people coming to Dinard on holiday, it was decided to build in Pleurtuit an airfield that was also used for horse racing.
Famous aviators such as Brindejonc des Moulinais, Roland Garros or Elise de Roche used to fly there.
During World War II, the town was occupied by the Germans. Its strategic position and the presence of the airport made it an important element of the German defense in Brittany. The battle for the liberation of the town in August 1944 lasted two days causing much human and material damage.
Many places to discover:
- La Vieuville : A farm where the most important battle took place, a stone memorial was built.
- The Monument to the American soldiers, on Place de la Libération, was erected in memory of American casualties during the battle.
- The church, whose steeple was taken down by the Germans to allow better aircraft navigation.
Today Pleurtuit is growing rapidly. It accommodates a large new population. Several modern facilities have recently been built: a sports centre, a children centre, and a new technical depot, adapted to nowadays needs.
At the same time, the town authorities want to rehabilitate its rich building heritage:
- The former convent La Sagessse which became a hospital, is now the Public Library,
- The former private school is now a Youth Club.
Pointe de Cancaval, a preserved natural site,
Maritime pine, oak trees, chestnut tree, black elder … Many leafy and coniferous trees coexist in Cancaval, as well as holly, hawthorn, periwinkle and ailanthus of China. The vegetation and quiet waters of the estuary provide shelter and food for many varieties of sparrow : robin, chaffinch, great tit, etc.
In autumn and in winter, there is also a great variety of migratory birds such as brant goose, tufted duck, northern pintail, stone curlew and ringed plover. Shorebirds probe the mud of the banks while large wading birds such as herons and little egrets stroll on the shore.
To discover the site, please take the coastal path laid out by the Department Council. It offers a magnificent view over the estuary of the River Rance.
The banks of the River Rance
A Breton coastal river, the Rance originates in the Cotes d’Armor and flows into the English Channel between Dinard and Saint-Malo.
One hundred kilometres long, the river is known for its tidal power station and its estuary whose banks are cut into small bays and river ports much appreciated by fishermen.
While large areas are exposed at low tide, the estuary of the Rance looks like a sea inlet at high tide.
Besides beautiful landscapes changing at every season or every tide, the banks of the river Rance offer a rich and preserved natural site.
The observer will discover many animal and plant species that are sometimes only found there.
The River Frémur
The Frémur marks the boundary between Ille-et-Vilaine and Côtes d’Armor. It consists of several lakes contained by small dams (Bois-Joli, Pont es-Omnès) where many plant and animal species live .
A rebuilding program of hedgerows and an aquatic environment management plan, including specific protection of eels have been implemented.
Pleurtuit, a town where you can enjoy strolling
Footpaths, cycle lanes … you can explore Pleurtuit at your own pace, on foot or on a bicycle.
« La voie verte »
Country tracks through Pleurtuit are only allowed to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It follows the old railway track. It’s a safe link to Dinard or Tremereuc.
You can access these tracks at various parts of the territory :
- At Le Bourgneuf
- Rue Brindejonc des Moulinais
- At the southern roundabout of the town
There are several footpaths and cycle lanes from these paths to housing estates and the Town Centre.
You can also walk to Les Maladries and discover a wooded area.
In collaboration with the Tourist Interest Group of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel and the Town Community of the Emerald Coast, 20 trails were created and marked for exploring the area of The Emerald Coast, including three on Pleurtuit.
The GR 34
This trail runs along the banks of the Rance. You can reach safely the Montmarin at the headland of Cancaval.
Pleurtuit, a dynamic town
More than 700 children attend the three elementary schools in Pleurtuit. They represent more than 10% of the population. Youth is a very important asset to the vitality of our territory.
The town of Pleurtuit offers many facilities
- multisport centre with a dance hall, martial arts, bowling and bodybuilding,
- a gym to practise basketball and badminton,
- a football stadium,
- a skate park,
- two multisport enclosures in the housing estates,
- a fitness trail.
- A public library with an important stock of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and multimedia facilities
- The Espace Delta : a theatre and concert hall.
- A Music school
- A cinema
Many events throughout the year:
- A Spring Festival in April,
- A Music Festival in June,
- A dance on July 14th
- Storytelling evenings in July and August,
- The Festival of Lights in December,
- Concerts throughout the year,
- Theatre all year